The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

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  • Faculty

    Jane Collins 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. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Katherine Curtis 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." | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    John DeLamater is a social psychologist whose interests include relationships and sexuality, and gender as a key component of both. He has conducted research on adolescent and young adult sexuality, interpersonal influences on contraceptive use, and the development and dissolution of relationships. His current project is focused on the effects of life course transitions on intimate relationships, sexual attitudes and sexual behavior. He has published articles on the effects of the birth of the first child, being in a dual-career couple, and divorce/dissolution of a relationship. He is currently analyzing data on the impact of aging on sexual intimacy. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Felix Elwert | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Christina Ewig has a joint appointment in Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science. Her research focuses on the politics of gender and race in Latin America. She has conducted field research in Nicaragua, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia and Colombia. She is the author of "Second-Wave Neoliberalism: Gender, Race and Health Sector Reform in Peru" (Penn State Press, 2010). | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Myra Marx Ferree is the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and Director of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin, where she is also a member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department. She is the author of "Varieties of Feminism: German Gender Politics In Global Perspective" (Stanford University Press, March 2012). Other recent books include: "Global Feminism: Transnational Women’s Organizing, Activism, and Human Rights" (co-edited with Aili Mari Tripp, NYU Press, 2006) and "Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the US" (with William A. Gamson, Jürgen Gerhards and Dieter Rucht, Cambridge University Press, 2002).

    In 2005 she was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and in 2004 the Maria-Jahoda Visiting Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum. She has written numerous articles about feminist organizations and politics in the US, Germany and internationally, as well as about gender inequality in families, the inclusion of gender in sociological theory and practice, and the intersections of gender with race and class. She has been the recipient of the Jessie Bernard Award (sociology’s highest honor for work in gender), vice-president of the American Sociological Association and deputy editor of its leading journal, president of Sociologists for Women in Society and recipient of its mentoring and feminist scholarship awards. Her current work focuses on comparisons between US and German feminist movements and gender policy developments since the 1960s as well as the development of feminist identities in transnational women’s organizations. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Joan Fujimura 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. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Sara Goldrick-Rab | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Pamela Herd is Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology. Her research examines the effects of Medicare and Social Security on gender, race, and class, and the relationship between socioeconomic status and health. Herd is working on a book titled Retrenching Welfare, Entrenching Equality: Health and Income Support Policies for Older Americans, to be published as part of the American Sociological Associations Rose Series on Public Policy. She is co-author of numerous articles and chapters that have appeared in Social Forces, Gender and Society, and The Gerontologist. Her most recent book, "Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age," co-authored with Madonna Harrington-Meyer, was published in 2007. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Cameron Macdonald studies the intersections of Gender, Work, and Family by studying the gendered work of families. Her primary interest is in Care Work, the paid and unpaid labor to care for children, the sick, and the elderly, with a particular interest in that care that lies at the blurry boundaries of paid and unpaid work, of labor and of labors of love. To that end, she is currently completing Shadow Mothers: Nannies, au pairs, and the social construction of mothering which explores how working mothers and their childcare workers negotiate the division of labor between them. Her next research project, The Home as Hospital, will explore another intersection of public and private care work: the work of families providing high-tech healthcare in their homes, their challenges, and their relations with professional health care providers. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Alfonso Morales 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. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Jenna Nobles 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. | homepage

    Pamela Oliver | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Mary Louise Roberts, History
    History of gender and war, gender and race, gender theory | homepage

    Gay Seidman 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. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Christine Schwartz 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. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Leann Tigges 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. | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

    Erik Olin Wright | homepage | Curriculum Vitae

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