Women and Gender Studies Collective

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About WGSC

The Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective (WGSC) at Howard University is an interdisciplinary forum for Howard students and faculty, created to support and encourage discussion, scholarship and activism on gender and women’s issues on campus, nationally and internationally.  Given the lack of an institutional center or institute on campus dedicated to researching and teaching gender and women’s issues, and the clear need for such an intellectual space given the composition of our student body and the wider Howard community, the WGSC will begin to fill this gap by supporting innovative programming and curriculum development that speaks to the intersectionality of gender, race, class and other identities.  The WGSC seeks to build a supportive network of scholars and learners on campus who can share and discuss each other’s’ work, to serve as a resource on gender and women’s scholarship and programming within the wider academy and surrounding communities and develop collaborative interdisciplinary research proposals, deliverables and collaborations.  We look forward to working with all interested allies, and we hope you will join us in our exciting mission.

WGSC Contact: wgschoward@gmail.com


Affiliated Faculty

Krista M. Johnson, Ph.D.

  • Co-director, Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective
  • Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of African Studies, Howard University
  • (202) 238-2312  |  KMJohnson@howard.edu

Krista Johnson is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of African Studies at Howard University.  A political scientist by training, her current research focuses on health policy and global health governance in Africa.  She has lived and traveled extensively throughout southern Africa.  In 2012, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship based at the Centre for the Study of HIV and AIDS at the University of Botswana.  She currently serves on a number of advisory and selection committees for international programs and fellowships, including Howard University’s Fulbright Committee, the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Selection Panel for Africa, and the American Association of University Women International Fellowship Review Panel.  She has also held consultancies with the United States Agency for International Development, and the U.S. State Department, and is regularly asked to lecture at the Foreign Service Institute.


J. Jarpa Dawuni, Esq., Ph.D.

  • Co-director, Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, Howard University
  • (202) 806-6847  |  josephine.dawuni@howard.edu

Dr. J. Jarpa Dawuni is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Washington D.C. She has an LLB from the University of Ghana and is a Barrister-at-Law before the Ghana Superior Courts of Judicature. Her primary areas of research include judicial politics, gender and the law, international human rights, women’s civil society organizing and democratization.

She is the co-editor of the book Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From obscurity to parity? (Routledge, 2016). Her works have appeared in journals such as Studies in Gender and Development in Africa, Journal of African Law and Africa Today. Her areas of teaching are largely anchored between Comparative Politics and International Relations, with a focus on gender and the law, African politics and international human rights.

She has designed and taught courses such as International development, International law, Comparative politics, African politics, Gender politics in global perspectives, American government and Global Issues, to name a few. Beyond her research and teaching, she loves to engage students both in and out of the classroom. She has organized and directed student panels for professional conferences such as the African Studies Association, International Studies Association, Midwest Political Science Association and Southern Political Science Association. She likes to engage with students through student organizations and other programs such as the International Women’s Day events, which she organizes annually.

The Women, Gender, and Sexualities Collective is a project of Dr. Krista Johnson at the Department of African Studies and Dr. J. Jarpa Dawuni at the Department of Political Science with support from the Center for African Studies at Howard University.