Gender and Intersectional Analysis

The Gender and Intersectional Analysis field examines gender and other key factors that influence and intersect with gender, including ethnicity, race, age, religion, class or caste, religion, sexual orientation, disability and urban/rural differences. The field uses micro-, meso-and macro-level gender and intersectional theory and analyses to illuminate and engage directly with systems and institutions of political, military, social, economic, legal and cultural power. We use these perspectives to examine gender and intersectional roles and relations as forms of power to organize authority, institutions, rights, responsibilities, access to resources and life options.  

The Gender and Intersectional Analysis field is interdisciplinary in its formation, scholarly focus and practice. Completion of the field will enable students to carry out theoretically grounded, gender and intersectional-informed research, analysis and design within their professional careers. To complete the field, a student may select from a variety of courses offerings that will enable students to develop critical and comparative approaches to illuminate the gendered and intersectional dimensions of a range of key issues within: Armed Conflict and War; Natural Disaster; Forced Migration; National and International Security; Human Security; Humanitarian Action; Peace Operations; Peace Building; International Law; Transformative Transitional Justice; Development Economics; Non-violent Resistance; Demography; Leadership; and Network Analysis. 

The Gender and Intersectional Analysis Field of Study sits within the larger Gender and Intersectional Analysis and Women’s/Femme’s Leadership Program. See our website for more information:

Field Advisors

Kimberly Theidon

Kimberly Theidon

Dyan Mazurana

Dyan Mazurana

Field Requirements


The Gender and Intersectional Analysis field of study requires the completion of a minimum of four course credits from the list below.  


The Gender and Intersectional Analysis field of study requires the completion of a minimum of five course credits from the list below.  

The required course for both degrees is DHP P214 Gender Theory and Praxis. A maximum of one independent study with an explicit focus on gender and intersectional analysis and one cross-registered course with an explicit focus on gender and intersectional analysis are allowed.  

MALD and MIB: 4 courses in field of study 

MGA: 5 courses in field of study 

Total Credits Required 

MALD and MIB: 12.00 credits 

MGA: 15.00 credits 

  • DHP P214 Gender Theory and Praxis

  • DHP D202 Contemporary Critical Theory on International Issues

    DHP D216M Networks, Analytics, and Organizations I 

    DHP D217M Networks, Analytics, and Organizations II 

    DHP D230 Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies 

    DHP D231 Gender and Human Security in Transitional States and Societies 

    DHP D232 Gender, Culture, and Conflict in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies 

    DHP D237 Nutrition in Complex Emergencies: Policies, Practice and Decision-making 

    DHP D239 Forced Migration 

    DHP D240 Children, Violence, Protection, and Resilience 

    DHP P209M Demography and National Security 

    DHP P221 Memory Politics: Truth, Justice and Redress 

    DHP P222 Development Aid in Practice 

    DHP P243 Internal Conflict and War 

    DHP D255 Environmental Humanities and Global Health 

    DHP P297 Engaging Human Security 

    EIB B291 Leadership: Building Teams, Organizations, and Shaping Your Path 

    ILO L213 International Criminal Justice 

    ILO L214M Transitional Justice 

    ILO L216 International Humanitarian Law 

    ILO L224 Peace Operations 

    A maximum of one independent study or one cross-registered course with an explicit focus on gender are allowed 

  • A practicum is required for MGA students.

Faculty with expertise in the field:

Tom Dannenbaum

Tom Dannenbaum

Alex DeWaal

Alex de Waal

Alnoor Ebrahim

Alnoor Ebrahim

Karen Jacobsen

Karen Jacobsen

Daniel G. Maxwell

Daniel G. Maxwell

Dyan Mazurana

Dyan Mazurana

Richard Shultz

Richard Shultz

Kimberly Theidon

Kimberly Theidon