Frayda Cohen


Frayda Cohen serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Senior Lecturer, and Undergraduate Advisor for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, and as Director of the Pittsburgh Consortium for Adoption Studies (PCAS). She is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include: children, gender, adoption, reproduction and population policy, transnationalism, and food studies. She has spent several years working in China and has been the Director for the summer 6-week study abroad program, Pitt in China. In summer 2017, she ran a summer study abroad program in Italy on gender, sustainability, and food. She regularly teaches courses on gender and the politics of food, global feminisms, gendered bodies, and popular culture. She also teaches the senior capstone for GSWS majors. As both faculty and advisor for the GSWS undergraduate program she sees the important ways in which students build their analytical and writing skills around a study of gender and sexuality in ways that uniquely prepare them for a diverse and complicated world.