The Women and Gender in International Development Discussion Series is organized by the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) and is an InclusiveVT initiative of Outreach and International Affairs (OIA).  Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend the discussions and bring their ideas and questions. 

The WGD program has sponsored a monthly discussion series for over a decade. Thanks to the support of OIA, the program is able to bring international speakers as well as others from across the United States. We have also received support from the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Endowed Lecture Fund, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women's Center, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Global Programs, the Department of Geography, the Department of History, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, Africana Studies and other programs and departments at Virginia Tech. The series offers an opportunity for scholars and development practitioners to share their research and knowledge surrounding gender and international development with the Virginia Tech community and beyond.

Please visit the Events page for the 2019 calendar.

Please visit our Past Events Archive for information on the previous Discussion Series and speakers


Dr. Andrea N. Baldwin, Assistant Professor Black Feminisms, Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies programs, Sociology Department, Virginia Tech

Thursday, September 12, 2019 

Andrea N. Baldwin is an Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.  She is an attorney-at-law who also holds a MSc. in International trade policy and a PhD in Gender and Development Studies. Dr. Baldwin has several publications including her most recent work published last November entitled “Moving Forward and Looking Back: Transnational Feminist Spaces - Margins, Methods and Modalities”, in Outside In: Voices from the Margins of Academe.  Dr. Baldwin was born and raised on the small Caribbean island state of Barbados and considers herself an all-around Caribbean woman who loves everything coconut and soca.