Director Welcome

Welcome to the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) at the University of Illinois. I have been the Director of WGGP since 2013, and am also a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Political Science. 

Since 1980, WGGP (formerly Women in International Development (WID)) has had as our goal encouraging and facilitating research, instruction, and service focused on human development and gender equity.  Our Faculty Affiliates from across campus comprise a rich community of scholars with expertise in these areas.  The complete list of Faculty Affiliates is located on our “People” page.

Over 130 graduate students have been involved with WGGP through what was originally a certificate program and is now a graduate minor on Gender Relations in International Development (GRID).  In 2015, we hosted our Inaugural Annual GRID Alum Lecture, bringing   Dr. Eeshani Kandpal, an Economist at the World Bank, to campus. For more information about our GRID minor, please look under the Academics tab.
Our program strives to engage not only students, but also faculty and community members through lectures, brown bags, and symposia. On our home page of the website, you will find upcoming events that we are hosting or co-sponsoring.  In 2013, we formed the Illinois Inequality Initiative that has brought together faculty members from nine different colleges and schools from across campus to discuss the causes, consequences and moral significance of different types of inequalities found within and across societies. Through this initiative we have brought speakers like journalist and author Roger Thurow and author Timothy Noah to campus. For more information on our Inequality Initiative, please look under our “Research Tab”

I encourage you to look over our website and learn more about our program.  I also invite you to “Like” us on Facebook to follow up to date happenings on campus and around the world related to human development and gender equity. 

We are happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you might have about our program or about how you may get involved with WGGP.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at or (217) 333-6221.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Generous private donations provide critical support for our programming and for our students by fellowship and scholarship opportunities.  If you would like to contribute to one of our funds, click here and select a fund you would like to support.

Colleen Murphy
Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Associate Professor, Law, Philosophy, and Political Science