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Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies

The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) is an academic research institute and a graduate teaching center for scholars, researchers and graduate students interested in gender issues in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.



The research institute serves as a resources nexus through which research projects, conferences, workshops, policy debates and educational programs on gender issues are engaged.


The graduate center provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in GWST with a special emphasis on the Middle East and North African region.