Chris Barcelos is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and a multi-disciplinary feminist scholar and educator working at the intersections of public health, sociology, and gender studies. Dr. Barcelos uses ethnography, discourse analysis, and visual methods with the lenses of feminist science studies and queer of color critique to examine how scientific discourses in health promotion both reveal and reproduce inequalities along the lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, and ability. Their work has appeared in Critical Public Health, Social Problems, and Gender & Society.
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Tonya L. Brito
Tonya L. Brito is the Jefferson Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she also serves as Director of the Institute for Legal Studies. Professor Brito’s scholarship critically examines the intersection of family law and poverty law. She is the lead principal investigator of an NSF-funded study examining how the provision of counsel and more limited forms of legal assistance shapes access to justice for low-income civil litigants in child support enforcement proceedings. She also has written on welfare law and policy’s impact on the development of family law, the experience of poor families in the child support system, and the image of motherhood in poverty discourse. Professor Brito is a Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Research on Poverty and serves on its executive committee. She is a recipient of both the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2012 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award and the University of Wisconsin System’s 2012 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. Professor Brito’s professional service focuses on advancing the interests of poor children and their families. She serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and the Center for Family Policy and Practice. Professor Brito received her A.B with honors Barnard College and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Professor Brito was a judicial law clerk for Judge John Garrett Penn of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, practiced complex litigation with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., and served on the law faculty at Arizona State University College of Law.
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Jane has a joint appointment in Rural Sociology and Women’s Studies and teaches in both programs. Her research focuses on gender and labor process issues. She has conducted field research on women’s work in agriculture (Peru, Brazil), the textile and apparel industries (U.S., Mexico) and has written about unwaged or domestic work.
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Katherine examines the intersection of gender and race in her research on the socio-economic consequences of migration. Specifically, she has examined occupational outcomes and migration patterns among participants of the historical Great Migration of southerners to the North and West. White is beginning a new project focusing on the socio-economic well-being of participants of the Return Migration between 1970 and 2000 and the southern communities to which they “returned.”
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Felix’s research focuses on the social demography of marriage, mortality, and statistical methods of causal inference for the social sciences. Elwert has recently completed work on interpersonal health effects, marital status and mortality, race and spatial differences in hospice use, intergenerational effects of social context, and causal inference from observational data. He has developed a new test for unobserved heterogeneity in the apparent effect of widowhood on mortality, which uses information on current and former spouses to identify the causal effect of marital status. The test exploits the selective presence and absence of social ties to understand the social transmission of mortality, and can be translated to different substantive areas of social demography.
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Myra Marx Ferree
I am currently immersed in a collaborative project on how gender politics changes and is changed by universities, as well as working on the social construction of gender expertise in universities, policy making and NGOs in an combination of research and organizing (see facebook page for Society of Gender Professionals). My general interest is in feminist politics, especially internationally and transnationally, and in the ways that intersectional analysis helps us to do better sociology. My 2012 book, Varieties of Feminism:German Gender Politics in Global Perspective, is coming out in German translation in 2018. The second edition of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions (with Lisa Wade) should also come out in 2018.
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Joan teaches courses in social studies of science. Her Gender, Science, and Technology course examines different perspectives in the study of gender and science. Topics include the historical and contemporary studies of technoscientific and medical constructions of sex/gender differences; the impact of gender (and race) on scientific and biomedical productions; feminist critiques of scientific theories and methods; feminist proposals of new epistemologies; the work (and lack of work) of women in science; and recent theories and debates on feminist epistemologies.
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Monica is Associate Professor of Sociology. She is a social demographer whose research focuses on gender inequalities in early life course transitions–primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with a focus on how increasing educational attainment and the HIV/AIDS epidemic influence other domains of life during the transition to adulthood. Her recent research explores divorce in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Jenny is a faculty member in Gender & Women’s Studies, and is affiliated with the Center for Demography and Ecology, Population Health Sciences, and the Department of Obsterics and Gynecology. Though her PhD is in women’s studies, she was trained in sociology as both a graduate and undergraduate student. She teaches GWS 103, or Women and Their Bodies in Health & Disease, which is (to our knowledge) the largest women’s health class in the country. She conducts mixed-methods research on sexuality and reproductive health — especially people’s use of condoms and other contraceptive methods. Research funders include the NIH, the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy, and the Woodrow Wilson/Johnson & Johnson Foundation. She serves on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute as well as the editorial board for both the Journal of Sex Research and Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health.
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Alfonso is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. He writes mostly about how marketplaces produce community economic development. In that regard he investigates the relationship between socio-legal environments and entrepreneurship, including women’s entrepreneurship. He has also written about women’s health along the U.S. Mexico Border, access to health care there, and the emotional consequences of nursing.
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Jenna studies development in Latin America and Southeast Asia with a focus on migration, health, and family formation. Current projects examine various facets of (a) Mexico-U.S. migration, (b) Indonesian recovery from the 2004 tsunami, and (c) intrauterine mortality in distressed populations.
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Pamela is a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin who has published many articles and a book on collective action and social movements. Since 1999, she has devoted much of her time to analyzing and speaking about statistical patterns of racial disparity in criminal justice in Wisconsin and the nation. She has made over 100 public presentations on these issues and served on the Governor’s Commission to Reduce Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice in 2007-8. She is working on a book about the politics of incarceration and analyzing differences among US states and metro areas in their racial disparity patterns.
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Mary Lou Roberts
Mary Lou specializes in Women and Gender, France, and the Second World War. Her most recent book concerns the politics of sex during the American presence in France during the Second World War. As the GIs conquered Normandy in the summer of 1944, they pursued their fantasies of having sex with French women. Such erotic contacts—including heterosexual sex, prostitution, and rape—became the focus of conflict and debate between the US military and French officials. As these debates occurred in newspapers and official correspondence, they anchored larger struggles for authority, including the breadth of American political power in Europe, and the moral role of the United States as a new global leader.
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Gay has done research on social movements — especially labor and women’s movements — in several different countries, including South Africa, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Guatemala. Among other work, she has written a series of articles about the South African women’s movement, and about how gender issues have been built into South Africa’s new democratic state.
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Christine studies the relationship between union formation and dissolution patterns and social inequality. In particular, she is interested in gendered patterns of partner selection and how changes in men’s and women’s education have affected marriage, cohabitation, and the dissolution of relationships. In addition, she is currently working on a project that compares partner selection among gay men, lesbians, and opposite-sex cohabitors and married couples.
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Leanne approaches the area of gender from the vantage point of the labor market, asking questions about how men’s and women’s labor market experiences differ and how the restructuring of the economy is affecting men and women differently. She is also very interested in the difference that “place” makes in the gendered labor market. She concentrates on the US case but sees the same theoretical perspectives and research question as relevant for other societies, including those in the “developing” world.
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