Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Meet Kate Grantham, PhD candidate, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

“I currently teach full-time with the Centre for Global Studies at Huron College. I have taught 13 courses to date, and I attribute my success in obtaining full-time academic work to the structure of my PhD Program in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, which builds in opportunities for doctoral candidates to teach a course of their own design during the third year of the program. Having a teaching record in my home department absolutely facilitated my success in obtaining a teaching position elsewhere.”

Supervisors: Dr. Katherine McKenna and Dr. Bipasha Baruah

Describe your research.
My graduate research and training has been in the field of gender equality and international development, providing me with the opportunity to explore feminist and anti-colonial perspectives on global development, program and policy analysis, and international research methodologies. My doctoral research examines, with the aim of enhancing, the management of microfinance programs promoting women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.

How do you de-stress?
Yoga, cooking/baking, cleaning, and walking my dog.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The support of mentors, like my supervisor and a handful of other faculty who really “get” me and my approach to academic work. But even more importantly than that, having a close group of female friends who understand the trials and frequent isolation of graduate-level work and aggressively support all of my life decisions. That’s the trick!

What is your “dream” career?
Canadian Minister of International Development (that’s right Marie-Claude Bibeau, look out!).

Do you engage in volunteer activities?
Yes! I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Emerging Leaders. I also volunteer in a consultative capacity with Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Both are not-for-profit, London-based organizations.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I would like to be remembered as someone who is kind.

What’s your favourite book?
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Program Websites


Program Contact

Betty Thompson (bthomps2@uwo.ca)
Graduate Assistant

Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Western University
Lawson Hall Rm 3260A
London, Ontario N6A 5B8

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84529
f. 519-661-3491

Explore the dynamics that shape your everyday experiences as a gendered person in contemporary culture. In our courses you will learn how to develop a critical perspective that takes factors such as sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and disability into account. You might find your worldview transformed as you apply these perspectives to your study in other classes and to all aspects of your life. Our courses reflect an expanding field of feminist research including feminist theory, health issues, philosophy, queer issues and sexuality studies, legal issues, violence against women, women and equity in the workplace, and women and the creative arts.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in Women's, Gender or Feminist Studies with a strong feminist theory component.
  • A minimum average of A- (80%) or higher.
  • Students may be admitted with a Master's degree from another field provided that they have an undergraduate Honours degree in Women's Studies and have a background in feminist theory.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • January 31 - Late applications will be considered if spaces remain

Fields of Research

  • Equity and Social Structures
  • Feminist Theory
  • Health, Sexuality and Embodiment
  • Representation and Cultural Production