Diane B. Balser
Co-Director, Undergraduate Studies in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program
- 704 Commonwealth Avenue (Alden Hall), Suite 101
My academic interests include the history of the women’s movement and feminism in the United States, contemporary global women’s issues, and women and politics. I have a particular interest in providing internships for students that involve having them work in organizations for change and give them experience with women leaders.
I have been teaching Women’s Studies at Boston University since 1996. I received my PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University, and published Sisterhood and Solidarity: Feminism in Modern Times in 1983. I have founded and directed organizations which shaped innovative public policies concerning women and other groups in Massachusetts. I also train women in leadership development in service organizations and public policy initiatives. This includes working with women in the United States, and in many other countries. I have led groups at international women’s conferences.
I participated in planning our program’s 2014 women’s conference, “A Revolutionary Moment: Women’s Liberation in the 1960s and Early 1970s.” There I presented a paper and chaired a forum titled “Women’s Liberation’s Revolutionary Potential.”
I regularly teach courses WGS 213: Sexism in the 21st Century which examines the dynamics of contemporary institutions, WGS 360/IR358: Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Perspectives which focuses on international concepts of women, race and culture, and WGS 350/PO 309 Women & Politics which explores the key issues of women’s relationship to politics and the processes needed for the empowerment of women. I am also developing a new course, Internships in Women, Gender and Social Change, which will introduce students to the ideas and practices of social change organizations related to women and gender through local internships.