Executive Core Faculty Member

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Integral Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A. in Women’s Studies, San Francisco State University


Judy Grahn is an executive core faculty member in the M.A. in Women’s Spirituality program at Sofia. She serves on the Faculty Senate Executive Council and is a member of the Diversity Action Team. She is internationally known as a poet, woman-centered cultural theorist, early gay activist, co-founder of lesbian-feminism, and early contributor to literature of women’s spirituality.

Some of her work centers on the reclamation of stories, values and methods of sacred feminine traditions. Her poetry collections include The Queen of Wands, The Queen of Swords, She Who, and The Common Woman Poems, and are considered foundational to the development of cultural feminism. As a member of the first lesbian feminist collective in the U.S., Judy’s contributions to the feminist and LGBTQ movements have been instrumental. In 1995, she was awarded The Publishing Triangle’s Lifetime Achievement Award (in Lesbian Letters). Publisher’s Triangle also established “The Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award” in 1996.

Judy possesses a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with a concentration in Women’s Spirituality. Her dissertation, “Are Goddesses Metaformic Constructs? An Application Of Metaformic Theory To Menarche Celebrations And Goddess Rituals Of Kerala And Contiguous States In South India” was published in 1999.