Womens and Gender Studies

Jennifer Lynn Musto


Graduated: 2002

Major/Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies/Theatre

Currently: Teaching Associate in Women’s Studies at UCLA

While at DePaul: Involved with Young Women’s Empowerment Project, Theatre Volution, January T. Miller Band Performance Group

What I did with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies: “I see myself as an activist academic and my work as an opportunity to blur boundaries between the community and academia. I have volunteered and/or consulted with various organizations in the Netherlands and Los Angeles that include: De Rode Draad (The Red Thread), Sticting Tegen Vrouwenhandel (The Foundation Against Trafficking in Women), The Downtown Women’s Center, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. My current research explores the complexities of feminized poverty with a particular focus on housing, homelessness, displacement and trauma.”

Impact of Women and Gender Studies:“My undergraduate experience as a Women’s and Gender Studies major at DePaul was nothing less than awe-inspiring and exciting and has served as the formative bedrock upon which my current scholarship and activism is based. Thanks to amazing professors and their mentorship, I was given the invaluable opportunity to pursue both my academic and activist goals, all the while receiving intellectual and creative encouragement. DePaul’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department was more than an academic unit where people came together to share common interests but rather offered students the opportunity to be included within a vibrant network of passionate, committed and socially just scholars. I am grateful to have been a part of the Women’s and Gender Studies community at DePaul University and hope to continue to build coalitions and community with current students and faculty.”