Gender and Intersectional Analysis

The Gender and Intersectional Analysis (GAIA) 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
  • Development Economics
  • Forced Migration
  • Humanitarian Action
  • Human Security
  • International Criminal Law

  • Natural Disaster
  • Non-violent Resistance
  • Peace Building
  • Peace Operations
  • Security

The Gender and Intersectional Analysis Field of Study sits within the larger Gender and Intersectional Analysis and the Inclusive Leadership Program. For more information

Field Requirements

The Gender and Intersectional Analysis field of study requires the completion of a minimum of four course credits (MALD and MIB) or five course credits (MGA) from the list below. All degrees must complete the required course of 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: 12.0 credits 

MGA: 15.0 credits plus Practicum

  • 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 P290 Migration and Transnationalism in Latin America 

    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 

  • One skills course is required for the MGA. MALD and MIB students may not use these courses as a field elective unless otherwise indicated above.

    DHP D208M Research Methods and Scholarship

    DHP D218 Influencing Policy and the Global Debate: Writing Analysis and Opinion 

    DHP D220 Processes of International Negotiation

    DHP D225 Conflict Resolution Practice 

    DHP D243M Overview of Survey Methods 

    DHP D245M Working in Difficult Research Environments with Vulnerable Populations: Advanced Field Research Methods 

    DHP D258  Introduction to Data Science for Global Applications

    DHP P203 Analytic Frameworks for International Public Policy Decisions 

    DHP P207 GIS for International Applications

    DHP P225 Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Peacebuilding and Development Programming 

    DHP P234 The Arts of Communication 

    DHP P250 Environmental Problem Solving 

    DHP P289 Advanced Geospatial Modeling

    EIB B205 Data Analysis and Statistical Methods 

    EIB B206 Data Analysis and Statistical Methods for Business

    EIB B262 Marketing Research and Analysis 

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

    EIB E210M Quantitative Methods

    EIB E213 Econometrics 

    EIB E214 International Economic Policy Analysis 

    EIB E247 Econometric Impact Evaluation for Development

    ILO L215 Ethics in the Practice of Foreign Affairs

  • A practicum is required for MGA students.