Affiliates and Fellows

Senior Academic Affiliates
Kate Antonovics, UCSD
Kim Barrett, UCSD
Susan Bisom-Rapp, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Mandy Bratton, UCSD
Marnie Brookolo, UCSD
Lori Brown, UCSD
Lisa Cartwright, UCSD
Erin Cech, Rice University
Esther Chan, Rice University
Maria Charles, UCSB
Jeanne Ferrante, UCSD
Ruben Garcia, UNLV
Kathleen Gerson, NYU
Elizabeth Gorman, University of Virginia
Sigtona Halrynjo, Institute for Social Research, Norway
Rosanna Hertz, Wellesley College
Stefanie Hiss, University of Jena, Germany
Christine Hunefeldt, UCSD
Jerry Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stony Brook
Martha Lampland, UCSD
Selma Therese Lyng, Work Research Institute, Norway
Elizabeth Mertz, UCSF
Liza M. Mügge, University of Amsterdam
Rebecca Plant, UCSD
Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir, University of Iceland
Valerie Ramey, UCSD
Esther Ruiz Ben, University of Essex, UK
David Schkade, UCSD
Scott Schieman, University of Toronto
Jeremy Schulz, UC Berkeley
Ronnee Schreiber, SDSU
David Serlin, UCSD
Carroll Seron, UC Irvine
Jacquelyn Slotkin, California Western School of Law
Pamela Smith, UCSD
Laurel Smith-Doerr, University of Massachusetts
Elaine Tanaka, UCSD
Shaun Travers, UCSD
Edwina Welch, UCSD
Joan Williams, UC Hastings
 
Affiliates in Industry
Tina Beranbaum, Centauric
Yvette Durazo, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Rosibel Ochoa, von Liebig Center, UC San Diego
Jon Shafran, Centauric
 
Student Affiliates
Laura Pecenco, UCSD
Erica Bender, UCSD
Caitlyn Collins, UT Austin
Daniel Davis, UCSD
Suzanne Dunai, UCSD
Kate Flach, UCSD
Emily Elizabeth Goodman, UCSD
Melissann Herron, UCSD
Jessica Huerta, UCLA
Sidra Montgomery, University of Maryland
Benjamin Moodie, UC Berkeley
Julia Rogers, UCSD
Laura Rogers, UCSD
Kathie Ross, Newcastle University
Praveena Selvaduray, UCSD
Jon Shafran, UCSD
Victoria Tootill, UCSD
Cristina Visperas, UCSD
Alexandra Vogel, UCSD
Stacy Williams, UCSD

Senior Academic Affiliates

 

Kate Antonovics

Department of Economics, UCSD

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Kate Antonovics is a labor economist whose primary research interests are gender and race inequality, discrimination and affirmative action. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and has been on the faculty of the Economics Department at UC San Diego ever since. She has authored several papers on gender inequality and gender discrimination, including one that examines differences in the performance of men and women in competitive settings. She has also done research of the link between women’s schooling choices and the education of their children.

 


 

Kim Barrett

Department of Medicine

Dean of Graduate Studies, UCSD


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Dr. Kim Barrett, a native of the United Kingdom, obtained her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Chemistry at University College London.  Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she joined the faculty of UCSD School of Medicine in 1985, and rose to her current rank of Professor of Medicine in 1996.  Her research interests center on the normal and abnormal biology of the intestinal epithelium and their relevance to a variety of digestive diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases, infectious diarrheal diseases, and peptic ulcer disease.  She has received a number of honors for her research, including the Bowditch and Davenport Lectureships of the American Physiological Society, and being awarded the degree of Doctor of Medical Science, honoris causa, by Queens University Belfast.  She has been highly active in professional societies and in scholarly editing.  She is also the author or editor of several books and monographs and more than two hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews.  She has a long-standing interest in the status of women in academia.  She served as Chair of the Committee on Women in Physiology of the American Physiological Society, and Co-Chair of the Gender Equity Taskforce of the UCSD School of Medicine.  In 2006, she was also appointed as Dean of Graduate Studies at UCSD.  In this capacity, she serves as a member of the senior academic management team of the institution and oversees the recruitment, academic advancement and climate for more than 4000 masters and doctoral students.  She also guides the development of new graduate programs and planning for an anticipated 50% growth in the graduate population in the next 10-12 years.

 


 

Susan Bisom-Rapp

Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA

Susan Bisom-Rapp

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Professor Bisom-Rapp is an expert on employment discrimination, occupational safety and health, and international and comparative workplace law, who writes and lectures internationally. Her co-authored casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law - Cases and Materials (Cambridge University Press 2007), is the first law school text on the subject. The second edition was published in 2012. A member of the Thomas Jefferson faculty since 1996, Professor Bisom-Rapp also serves on the international council of the Doctoral Research School in Labour and Industrial Relations at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena, Italy. She is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal’s editorial board. Professor Bisom-Rapp served as Director of Thomas Jefferson's Center for Law and Social Justice from 2004-2008, was Visiting Associate Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2003, and has taught law in China and France. As a doctoral student at Columbia University, she was a Wien Fellow and received a dissertation grant from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Before beginning her academic career, Professor Bisom-Rapp practiced workplace law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City.

 


 

Mandy Bratton

Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD

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Dr. Mandy Bratton is the Director of Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service and a Lecturer in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and prior to joining the Jacobs School, served as a senior faculty member in Psychology and Human Development and Interim Associate Dean at Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, the Environment and Social Justice.  During her thirty years in higher education, she has held a number of clinical, teaching, and administrative positions at a variety of institutions, including Arizona State University and Cornell University.  Her research interests include the impact of experiential and service learning on students and their clients, and gender issues in academic settings.

 


 

Marnie Brookolo

Director, Women's Center, UCSD

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Marnie Brookolo is the Director of the Women's Center at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked at the Women's Center since 2005. She received her BA in Political Science and Critical Gender Studies from UCSD and her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego.

 


 

Lori Brown

Department of Medicine, UCSD

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Dr. Lori Brown was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and trained mostly at Stanford University where she received her undergraduate and medical degrees and finished her residency in Internal Medicine.   She spent years in private practice but returned to academic practice at UCSD in 2008 with a goal to mentor and teach medical professionals in training.  She enjoys her clinical practice at UCSD with a particular interest in women’s health.

Dr. Brown is fortunate to have an ongoing opportunity to teach and mentor both medical students and residents at UCSD.  She now also serves as faculty liason for UCSD's American Medical Women's Association. 

 


 

Lisa Cartwright

Department of Communication, UCSD

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Lisa Cartwright is Professor of Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego. She is also Affiliated Faculty in Critical Gender Studies at UCSD. Dr. Cartwright received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1991 and her BFA in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1982. She also participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 1983. Dr. Cartwright's research interests include film and media studies; feminist and sexuality studies; disability studies; and visual culture in science, health, and medicine.

 


 

Erin Cech

Department of Sociology, Rice University

 
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Erin Cech joined the sociology department at Rice University as an Assistant Professor in 2012. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego. She earned undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Sociology from Montana State University.


Cech’s research examines the cultural mechanisms of inequality reproduction—specifically, how inequality is reproduced through processes that are not overtly discriminatory or coercive, but rather those that are built into seemingly innocuous cultural beliefs and practices. She investigates this puzzle through three streams of research. First, she examines what she calls the “self-expressive edge” of occupational sex segregation: how the seemingly voluntary and self-expressive—yet culturally and structurally informed—decisions of men and women reproduce occupational sex segregation. Second, she uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine inequality in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions—specifically, the recruitment and retention of women, Native Americans, and LGBT individuals, and the role of professional cultures in this inequality. Finally, she studies how cultural understandings of the extent and origin of inequality helps to uphold unequal social structures.

Related Publications:

Cech, Erin, Brian Rubineau, Susan Silbey, and Carroll Seron. 2011. “Professional Role Confidence and Gendered Persistence in Engineering.” American Sociological Review, Vol.76(5): 641-66.

   

Cech, Erin A. and Tom Waidzunas. 2011. "Navigating the Heteronormativity of Engineering: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Besexual Students." Engineering Studies, 3(1): 1-24.

  

Cech, Erin A. and Mary Blair-Loy. 2010. "Perceiving Glass Ceilings? Meritocratic versus Structural Explanations of Gender Inequality among Women in Science and Technology." Social Problems, 57(3): 371-397

  

Charles, Maria and Erin Cech. 2010. “Women’s Beliefs about Maternal Employment.” Dividing the Domestic: Men, Women, and Household Work in Cross-National Perspective, edited by Judith Treas and Sonja Drobnič. Stanford University Press.

   

 


Esther Chan

Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Religion and Public Life Program, Rice University

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Esther Chan graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 2012. Part of the Sociology Honors Program, she wrote her thesis on a church schism (in the Evangelical tradition) over different theological views of women in pastoral leadership entitled: “Gender as Doctrine and Governance: Ideological Tools Framing Modes of Actions in the Advent of an Evangelical Church Schism Over Women in Pastoral Leadership.” She examined the respondents’ views of women in pastoral leadership, how congregants made their decision to stay or leave the church, and the affect of the split on female student leaders’ perceptions of their ministry. She is currently employed at Rice University in the Religion and Public Life Program. Her research interests lie in religion, gender, work-life balance, and culture.

 


 

Maria Charles

Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara


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Maria Charles (Ph.D. Stanford University) is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Previously she was a member of the Sociology faculty at UC San Diego (1994-2008), and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (1991-1994). She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s degrees from UCSB in Environmental Studies and Political Science.

Professor Charles specializes in the international comparative study of social inequalities with particular attention to cross-national differences in women's economic, educational, and family roles. Her teaching specialties include quantitative methods, social inequality, and sociology of class, race, and gender. She has published extensively on the phenomenon of sex segregation, most recently on the ideological and organizational factors that contribute to female underrepresentation in engineering and the physical sciences around the world. Her coauthored book, Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men (Stanford University Press) received the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2005.

Related Publications:

Charles, Maria and Karen Bradley. 2009. “Indulging Our Gendered Selves? Sex Segregation by Field of Study in 44 Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 114:924-76.

Charles, Maria. 2008. “Culture and Inequality: Identity, Ideology, and Difference in ‘Post-ascriptive Society’.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 619:41-58.

Charles, Maria and David Grusky. 2004 (2005 in paperback). Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

 


 

Jeanne Ferrante

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, UCSD


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Jeanne Ferrante is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. She received her B.A. from New College at Hofstra University in 1969, and her Ph.D. from MIT in 1974. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 1994, she taught at Tufts University until 1978, and was subsequently a Research Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center.

Dr. Ferrante's work has included the development of intermediate representations for optimizing and parallelizing compilers, most notably the Program Dependence Graph and Static Single Assignment (SSA) form. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Her SSA work (with colleagues from IBM) was recognized in 2006 by the ACM Programming Language Achievement Award as a "significant and lasting contribution to the field."

Dr. Ferrante served as Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair from 1996-1999, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity from 2008-2013, and as Associate Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering from 2002-13. As Associate Dean, she co-founded UCSD Teams In Engineering Service (TIES), which partners multidisciplinary teams of undergraduates with non-profit organizations to provide long-term technical solutions. Dr. Ferrante also co-founded the UCSD Women’s Leadership Alliance, whose aim is to advance leadership development, networking, and recognition of women campus leaders at UC San Diego. She was honored as a UCSD Community Champion for Diversity in 2004, and received the 2007 Athena Educator Pinnacle Award for her diversity leadership efforts.

 


 

Ruben Garcia

William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ruben J. Garcia

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Ruben J. Garcia is Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to joining the UNLV faculty in 2011, he was Professor of Law and Director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he taught for eight years. He also has held academic appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law, the University of Wisconsin Law School, and at the University of California, San Diego.  

Before beginning his teaching career in 2000, Garcia worked as an attorney for public and private sector labor unions and employees in the Los Angeles area. He currently serves on the boards of the ACLU of Nevada and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).


Professor Garcia's scholarly articles have been published in a number of leading law reviews, including the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Hastings Law Journal, the Florida Law Review, the Florida State University Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among others. His first book, published by New York University Press in 2012, is entitled Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection.

Related Publications:

"New Voices at Work: Race and Gender Identity Caucuses in The U.S. Labor Movement," 54 Hastings Law Journal 79 (2002)

 


 

Kathleen Gerson

Department of Sociology
Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science, NYU


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Kathleen Gerson is Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. Her work focuses on the connections among gender, work, and family life in post-industrial societies. She conducts research that seeks to combine the deep understandings of qualitative, life history interviews with the rigor of systematically collected samples and carefully situated comparisons. Her theoretical concern aims to explain the interactive links between processes of social and individual change, with special attention to how institutional conflicts and contradictions prompt creative human action. Professor Gerson’s most recent book, The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America (Oxford University Press, 2011), addresses a new generation’s experiences growing up amid changing families and blurring gender boundaries. The Unfinished Revolution shows how irreversible but incomplete change has created a growing clash between new egalitarian ideals and resistant social institutions. Although young women and men hope to fashion flexible, egalitarian gender strategies, they are falling back on less desirable options that are fostering a new gender divide between “self-reliant” women and “neo-traditional” men. The solution to these 21st century conundrums is to finish the gender revolution by creating more flexible, egalitarian workplaces and more child-supportive communities.

Related Publications:

The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America. New York: Oxford University Press (2011).

No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. New York: Basic Books (paperback edition, 1994).

(with Jerry A. Jacobs) The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (paperback edition, 2005; Korean translation, 2009).


 

Elizabeth Gorman

Department of Sociology, University of Virginia

 

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Elizabeth Gorman is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard. Before beginning her graduate studies in sociology, she practiced law for five years in Washington, D.C. and New York City.  Professor Gorman teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on organizations, work, gender, and quantitative methods.

 
Professor Gorman's research interests lie in the areas of organizations, work, professions, and gender and other bases of inequality.  One focus examines gender differences in mobility and attainment within organizations, with a special emphasis on professional settings.  For example, her 2009 article in the American Journal of Sociology (with Julie Kmec) develops a theoretical framework for expecting that women’s promotion rates decline at higher organizational levels (the “glass ceiling” phenomenon) and applies the framework to empirical data on law firms.  Another article in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science (with Fiona Kay) reviews and synthesizes the literature on women in the legal profession.  She served as a guest-editor (with Rebecca Sandefur) for a special issue of the journal Work and Occupations on professional work from 2009-2011 and has held multiple other editorial positions for publications such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Gender & Society.

 


 

Sigtona Halrynjo

Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway

   

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Sigtona Halrynjo is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Norway. She previously worked as a researcher at the Work Research Institute in Oslo. She uses multiple methods to study the explicit and implicit “rules of career” and their consequences for men and women – with and without children. She has published nationally and internationally on gender, childcare and career and on work-family conflict in high-commitment professions. Her ongoing projects are "CORE - Center for Research on Gender Equality"; "New Theoretical Perspectives on the Nordic Model of Work-Family Reconciliations"; and "Effects of Gender Balance in Corporate Boards on Gender Equality in Top Management and Business Life."

The source of her 2010 doctoral dissertation was the research project “Gender, Participation and Achievement in Working life and Family life – Childcare as Excluding Mechanism?” financed by the Norwegian Research Council, as well as the Norwegian Association of Lawyers and the Norwegian Bar Association. The data collected within that research project – co-conducted by Halrynjo and colleague Selma Therese Lyng – consist of:

  • survey data including 3924 male and female respondents aged 29-50, drawn from a random selection of lawyers, MBAs and graduate engineers. This survey includes data on respondents’ career and parental trajectories, allowing for analysing developments and long-term consequences of work-family interplay.
  • in-depth interviews with male and female elite professionals representing different career trajectories, positions and work-family adaptations, as well as management representatives from the largest and most prestigious corporate law firms in Norway.

This sample of professionals living in a well-developed, family-friendly welfare state is particularly apt to explore the processes and mechanisms upholding the statistically gendered pattern of traditional work-family adaptations entailing that even highly career dedicated women – in contrast to men – reduce their work commitment after childbirth. Challenging the adequacy of established explanations emphasizing constraints vs. individual preferences, publications by Halrynjo and Lyng on these data examine the circumstances, mechanisms and steps in a seemingly individual process of making the shift in commitment from a promising career to a family-friendly job. Moreover, these analyses demonstrate how generous parental leave arrangements designed to enhance gender equality and work-family balance by simply reducing practical constraints may have limited – or even counterproductive – impact within high-commitment occupations where the ‘irreplaceability’ of workers is taken for granted. The findings indicate that unless the culturally (re)produced discourses, demands and expectations of both work and family are exposed and challenged, even intentionally gender neutral work-family policies will continue to facilitate mothers’ career withdrawals, expressed as modified individual preferences.

 


 

Rosanna Hertz

Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College

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Rosanna Hertz is the Classes of 1919-1950 Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College where she has taught since 1983.  She chaired the Women's Studies Department from 1999-2008.  She is the past president (2009-2010) of the Eastern Sociological Society, the oldest regional sociological association.

"Productive Rule Breakers and Innovators,”  Professor Hertz’ current project, seeks to better understand the motivations and the tactic of men and women who stretch everyone’s thinking about what’s possible. They “stretch the envelope” while remaining loyal to the organizations and communities that nurtured them. They inspire others to have similar aspirations and to challenge the status quo – rather than withdrawing or complaining from the sidelines. The specific focus of this study is the experience of women who have become productive rule breakers and innovators in developing economies – specifically India, China, South Africa, and Israel.  It examines the context of their lives – the “intersection of biography and history” – in an effort to understand how education, family background, social structure and social networks influenced their distinctive personal and professional trajectories.  It seeks to understand the critical moments and events that encouraged each woman to become a different kind of leader – a productive rule breaker.

In broadest terms, Hertz’s scholarship focuses on families in a changing economy and how social inequality at home and in the workplace  shape the experiences of women and men. She is interested in how people weave together a life on their own, despite lack of government or workplace supports. She has recently completed a study of the interplay of genetics, social interaction, and culture expectations in the formation of web-based donor sibling kin groups.  Books she has written in this vein include, Single by Chance, Mothers by Choice: How Women Are Choosing Parenthood without Marriage and Creating the New American Family (Oxford University Press, 2006)  and More Equal than Others: Women and Men in Dual-Career Marriages (University of California Press).

 


 

Stefanie Hiss

Department of Sociology, University of Jena, Germany

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Stefanie Hiss is Professor of economic sociology/sociology of financial markets at the University of Jena, Germany, and was a visiting scholar at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies atHarvard University from January to July 2012. As a Schumpeter fellow funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, she heads the Junior Research Group "Sustainability and Financial Markets." Additionally, Professor Hiss is working on a research project on corporations and gender. She is also a member of the Junge Akademie of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. In 2005, she received her PhD from the University of Bamberg. In her dissertation, she dealt with the question of why corporations act socially responsible. Her research interests focus on sustainability (socially responsible investment, corporate social responsibility) and financial markets (credit, rating).

 


 

Christine Hunefeldt

Department of History, UCSD


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Christine Hunefeldt has been teaching for the History Department at UCSD since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnology, Americanistics, and History from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1982. Her research focuses on Latin American history with an emphasis on Andean history, life of women, and indigenous populations and slaves.

 


 

Jerry Jacobs

Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Jerry Jacobs, Ph.D.

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Jerry A. Jacobs has been a member of the faculty in sociology at Penn since 1983, when he completed his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard. He has served as the Editor of the American Sociological Review and the President of the Eastern Sociological Society. His research has addressed a number of aspects of women's employment, including authority, earnings, working conditions, part-time work and work-family conflict, and entry into male-dominated occupations. His book, The Changing Face of Medicine, with Ann Boulis, (Cornell University Press, 2008), is a multi-faceted portrayal of women’s entry into the medical profession over the last 30 years. This project examines the lives and careers of busy professionals, themes that were developed in his earlier book, The Time Divide, with Kathleen Gerson (Harvard University Press, 2004). Jacobs’ most recent book, In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity, Specialization and the Research University, was published in 2013 by the University of Chicago Press; this research was conducted with grant support from the Aflred P. Sloan and Lyle M. Spencer Foundations.

 


 

Martha Lampland

Department of Sociology, UCSD


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Martha Lampland received her B.A. (summa cum laude) and M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her specialties include: political economy, history, feminist theory, science studies, social theory, and the symbolic analysis of complex societies. Her book, entitled The Object of Labor: Commodification in Socialist Hungary, analyzes the collectivization of agriculture in Hungary and its social consequences. Other projects include a study of nineteenth century agrarian history in Hungary, analysis of gender images of the Hungarian nation in the nineteenth century, and patterns of Hungarian historical consciousness and revolution in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is working on a project on scientific management in Hungary during the capitalist and socialist periods (1940s-1960s). Lampland is a core faculty member of the Science Studies program.

 


 

Selma Therese Lyng

Work Research Institute, Oslo, Norway

  

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Selma Therese Lyng is a sociologist and works as a researcher at the Centre for Welfare and Labour Research at the Work Research Institute in Oslo, Norway. Her main research interests are conditions, mechanisms, processes and consequences of inclusion and exclusion in meritocracies. She has studied such issues in empirical contexts as secondary school and high-commitment elite professions. She is currently finalizing her PhD within the research project “Gender, Participation and Achievement in Working life and Family life,” financed by the Norwegian Research Council as well as the Norwegian Association of Lawyers and the Norwegian Bar Association.

The data collected within this research project –  co-conducted by Lyng and colleague Sigtona Halrynjo – consist of:

  • survey data including 3924 male and female respondents aged 29-50, drawn from a random selection of lawyers, MBAs and graduate engineers. This survey includes data on respondents’ career and parental trajectories, allowing for analysing developments and long-term consequences of work-family interplay.
  • in-depth interviews with male and female elite professionals representing different career trajectories, positions and work-family adaptations, as well as management representatives from the largest and most prestigious corporate law firms in Norway.

This sample of professionals living in a well-developed, family-friendly welfare state is particularly apt to explore the processes and mechanisms upholding the statistically gendered pattern of traditional work-family adaptations entailing that even highly career dedicated women  - in contrast to men - reduce their work commitment after childbirth. Challenging the adequacy of established explanations emphasizing constraints vs. individual preferences, publications by Halrynjo and Lyng on these data examine the circumstances, mechanisms and steps in a seemingly individual process of making the shift in commitment from a promising career to a family-friendly job. Moreover, these analyses demonstrate how generous parental leave arrangements designed to enhance gender equality and work-family balance by simply reducing practical constraints may have limited - or even counterproductive - impact within high-commitment occupations where the ‘irreplaceability’ of workers is taken for granted. The findings indicate that unless the culturally (re)produced discourses, demands and expectations of both work and family are exposed and challenged, even intentionally gender neutral work-family policies will continue to facilitate mothers’ career withdrawals, expressed as modified individual preferences.

 


 

Michael Kimmel

Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University

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Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University. His books include Changing Men (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), Men's Lives (9th edition, 2012), Against the Tide: Profeminist Men in the United States, 1776 - 1990 (1992), The Politics of Manhood (1996),Manhood: A Cultural History (1996), and The Gendered Society (5th edition, 2013), and the best-seller Guyland (2008).  

He is the Founding Editor of Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, and co-edited the Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2004) and the Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities (2004). The latter was awarded "Best in Reference 2004" by the New York Public Library Association.

Professor Kimmel's book Angry White Men, published in 2013, is a comparative study of the extreme right, White Supremacists, and neo-Nazis in the United States, Germany, and Scandinavia.  

He consults regularly with the Ministries for Gender Equality in Norway and Sweden, and delivered the International Women's Day lecture at the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the European Space Agency. He has received numerous awards, including SWS "Feminist Lecturer" in 1999, and he was named "Feminist Mentor" by SWS in 2010.  He is a founder and Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism and lectures extensively on campuses and in corporations in the U.S. and abroad.

 


 

Elizabeth Mertz

Center for the Health Professions, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF

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Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, MA, is an assistant professor in residence at the University of California, San Francisco, with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, School of Dentistry and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is affiliated with the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO) and is research faculty at the Center for the Health Professions where she has worked since 1997. Beth has researched, published and lectured on a broad range of health professions workforce policy and analysis issues including; diversity in the health professions, supply and demand of providers, health care regulation, state and federal workforce policy, access to care, and evolving professional practice models. Professor Mertz is currently the principal investigator on a number of projects including an evaluation of the implementation of clinical decision support tools in a large group dental practice, an organizational analysis of the delivery of dental care in long term care settings, an international comparative study of clinical leadership in dentistry, and a survey of underrepresented minority dentists.  In addition, she manages an evaluation of the Center’s leadership portfolio and teaches in a number of leadership training and development courses for health care professionals. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California, a MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a PhD in medical sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

 


 

Liza M. Mügge

Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Liza M. Mügge is assistant professor in gender & ethnicity at the political science department of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and visiting scholar at The Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies, Harvard University from January-July 2012. Trained in both anthropology and political science, she combines ethnographic fieldwork with systematic comparative analysis in her research. She has published widely on transnational migrant politics and is currently developing a new comparative project on the political representation of ethnic minority women in Europe. Her research agenda integrates insights from Migration and Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies.

She is associate director of the interdisciplinary Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender & Sexuality (ARC-GS) and serves on the Program board of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), both at the University of Amsterdam, and sits on the editorial advisory board of Migration Letters.

Her key research interests are intersectionality, gendered representation, qualitative methodology and transnationalism. In the summer of 2013 Professor Mügge received a Veni-research grant from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) that will finance her research for three years, starting January 2014. During this time, she will focus on the gendered political representation of ethnic minorities in Dutch politics.

 


 

Rebecca Plant

Department of History, UCSD

   

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Rebecca Jo Plant is an associate professor in the History Department at the University of California, San Diego. Her work focuses on gender relations and the rise of a therapeutic culture in the twentieth-century U.S. She is especially interested in exploring how people in the past have constructed a sense of selfhood, and the ways in which historical forces have shaped emotional life and interpersonal relationships. Her book, Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010. It is based on her Ph.D. thesis, which was awarded the Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians for the best dissertation in U.S. women’s and gender history in 2003. Plant has also held fellowships from the American Association of University Women and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

 


 

Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir

Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Iceland

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Dr. Gudbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir is professor in Sociology at the University of Iceland. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Lund, Sweden. She has an experience in sociological and interdisciplinary researches on work organization, occupational health, well being and welfare. Her research interests include new trends in working life, well being at work, work-family balance and gender theory. Now she is working on a research project about the gendering of the time. Dr. Rafnsdóttir has published a number of articles and book in several languages within this field.

Related Publications:

Heijstra T.M., O‘Connor, P. and Rafnsdóttir, G.L. 2013. "Explaining Gender Inequality in Iceland: What Makes the Difference?” The European Journal of Higher Education 3(4): 324 - 341.


Rafnsdóttir G.L. 2011. "Lack of gender diversity in business leadership; Potential barriers and solutions." In Rašticová M. (eds), Diversity is Reality. Brno: Vutium Press.

Rafnsdóttir, G. L. and Heijstra, T. M. 2011. "Balancing Work–family Life in Academia: The Power of Time."
Gender, Work & Organization. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2011.00571.x

Heijstra T.M and Rafnsdóttir G.L. 2010. "The Internet and Academic’s Workload and Work-Family Balance." Internet and Higher Education 13(3): 158-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2010.03.004

Click here for more of Professor Rafnsdóttir's publications.

     


 

Valerie Ramey

Department of Economics, UCSD

   

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Valerie Ramey received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Arizona, graduating summa cum

laude, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. She is currently a Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Chair of the UCSD Institute for Applied Economics. Professor Ramey is also the Chair of the UCSD Department of Economics. She has served as Co-Editor of the American Economic Review and as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel. She currently serves on the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the American Economics Association.

Professor Ramey has published numerous scholarly articles on the role of inventories in the business cycle, trends in wage inequality, the effects of monetary and fiscal policy, the impact of volatility on growth, and trends in time use over the 20th Century. She has received a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation.

   


 

Esther Ruiz Ben

Department of Sociology, University of Essex, United Kingdom

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Dr. Ruiz Ben is currently working at the Department of Sociology of the University of Essex in the UK and was previously at the Institute of Sociology of the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) as Assistant Professor. Her recent research areas include technology and society, the sociology of work, gender and professionalization processes of emergent occupations, innovation, sustainability and social change in relation to globalization and the expansion of information technologies.

Related Publications:

Ruiz Ben, E. 2013. Internationale Professionalität: Transformation der Arbeit und des Wissens in internationalen Arbeitsfeldern. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Ruiz Ben, E. 2007. "Defining Expertise in the Practice of Software Development While Doing Gender."Gender, Work and Organization 14(4): 312-332. 

Ruiz Ben, E. 2005. Professionalisierung der Informatik: Chance für die Beteiligung von Frauen? Wiesbaden: Deutsche Universitätsverlag.

 


 

David Schkade

Associate Dean, UCSD Rady School of Management
Jerome Katzin Endowed Chair
Professor of Management and Strategy


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The primary focus of Professor Schkade’s research is on the psychology of judgment and decision making, and how decision making can be improved. His scholarly work includes over 60 published papers and two books, including his most recent, Are Judges Political? An Empirical Analysis of the Federal Judiciary. He has studied several public policy issues, including how jurors make punitive damage decisions, the effect of ideology on the decisions of federal appellate judges, environmental resource valuation, valuation of health effects for cost-benefit analysis and why people choose to become organ donors.

He has also served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, most recently on organ donation, and on cost-effectiveness of federal health-related policies, programs and regulations.

His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hewlett Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Electric Power Research Institute, Exxon and IBM. He teaches negotiation, decision analysis, organizational behavior, managerial decision making, statistics, and research methods. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of several major journals, and on review panels of the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

He won both the top research and MBA teaching awards at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and was selected to Who’s Who in Economics 1990-2000. His research on punitive damages has been cited in numerous court cases, including opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the California State Supreme Court. His editorials, quotations and references to his work have appeared in numerous media outlets, among them the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, LA Times, Dallas Morning News, Time Magazine, CNN, UPI, Reuters, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, and BBC. 

 


 

Scott Schieman

Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

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Professor Schieman's research and teaching interests fall into three broad areas: the sociology of religion, health/medical, and work/stratification. He is currently engaged in a large, national survey of work, stress, and health among Canadians. This project will investigate the social causes and health consequences of stress in the lives of Canadian adults and the ways that these processes change over time. The aim is to replicate and extend research that he recently completed in the United States.

A substantial component of his research on work and health seeks to investigate the stressors associated with higher status positions and activities in the workplace---or the “stress of higher status.” His analyses focus on the implications of these processes for the work-family interface, health, satisfaction, and well-being.

He is also currently conducting research about the ways that religious beliefs affect our health, our social lives, and the nature of our politics. In these analyses, he draws from different disciplines and data sources to describe the impact of beliefs in a personal God who intervenes in the events and outcomes of our lives.

Related Publications:

Glavin, Paul, Scott Schieman, and Sarah Reid. 2011. “The Impact of Boundary-Spanning Work Demands on Negative Emotions and Psychological Well-Being.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52: 43-57.

Schieman, Scott and Marisa Young. 2011. “Economic Hardship and Family-to-Work Conflict: The Importance of Gender and Work Conditions.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 32(1): 46-61.

 

Schieman, Scott, Melissa Milkie, and Paul Glavin. 2009. “When Work Interferes with Life: The Social Distribution of Work-Nonwork Interference and the Influence of Work-Related Demands and Resources.” American Sociological Review 74: 966-87.

Click here for more of Professor Schieman's publications.


 

Jeremy Schulz

Visiting Scholar in Residence, UC Berkeley

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Jeremy Schulz finished his PhD in the Department of the Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. While Jeremy has researched, written, and published on wide range of topics, including consumerism, the social and cultural determinants of ideology, and qualitative methods, his thesis, titled "Work and Life in the Balance: Ways of Working and Living Among Elite French, Norwegian, and American Professionals," uncovers the influences of national and societal environments on the ways in which business professionals approach working life and private life. Contrasting the work lives and private lives of similar French, Norwegian, and American business professionals, the dissertation pinpoints transatlantic differences and commonalities among these groups in terms of practices, discourses, and orientations relating to work, career, family life, and leisure. Dr. Schulz's dissertation research received support from the Labor and Employment Research Fund of the University of California, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program. His article "Zoning the Evening: Constructing the Evening Work-Life Boundary among French, Norwegian, and American Business Professionals" won the Shils-Coleman Graduate Student Paper Prize from the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association.

Related Publications:


Schulz, Jeremy. 2011. "Framing Couple Time and Togetherness Among American and Norwegian Professional Couples," in At the Heart of Work and Family: Building on the Work of Arlie Hochschild, edited by Karen Hanson and Anita Garey. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Schulz, Jeremy. 2012. "Talk of Work: Divergent Cultural Repertoires in French, Norwegian, and American Justifications for Hard Work."Theory and Society 41(6): 603-634.

Schulz, Jeremy. "Zoning the Evening: How and When Elite Professionals End the Workday in Paris, Oslo, and San Francisco." R&R from Qualitative Sociology.

Schulz, Jeremy. "Social, Cultural, and Institutional Counterpressures to Extreme Work Among Norwegian and Non-Norwegian Business Professionals," in preparation for submission to Sociology.

 


 

Ronnee Schreiber

Department of Political Science, SDSU

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Ronnee Schreiber is a Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. Schreiber’s research interests are in the area of women and politics, particularly women in American political institutions and women and public policy. In 2008, Schreiber published Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics with Oxford University Press.  The book examines how conservative women at the elite level seek legitimacy as representatives of women’s interests and was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. 

 

In addition to her book, she has published a number of articles that examine women in Congress, how feminist organizations adapt to conservative political climates and how conservative women challenge feminist understandings of gender consciousness. Schreiber’s work has also been featured on CNN.com, Pacifica Radio, Sirrius Radio and various other media outlets. Her new work examines conservative women’s construction of motherhood since the 1970s.

 

 


 

David Serlin

Department of Communications, UCSD

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David Serlin is the Chair and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication in the University of California, San Diego. He is also Affiliated Faculty in Science Studies, Critical Gender Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Group in Cognitive Science. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century cultural studies of medicine and health in national and transnational perspective; disability studies; gender/sexuality studies and queer theory; material culture and museum studies; architecture, urbanism, and the built environment.

 


 

Carroll Seron

Department of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine

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Carroll Seron is on the faculty and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She has conducted a number of studies of the legal profession that focus on issues related to women. In an ethnographic study of solo and small-firm lawyers, Seron examined how these practitioners balance and enact professional values in a world that allows legal advertising and other entrepreneurial techniques of business development; as part of this study, she focused on the ways in which men and women enjoy differential resources of time to construct a professional career. With Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Bonnie Oglinsky and Robert Suate, she studied how new policies to allow part-time and flexible work schedules affect the mobility patterns and careers opportunities of lawyers who who opt for this career track.   

Her current research has taken a different turn. In a study with Susan Silbey, they are examining the persistent gender gap in engineering.  While academic fields, law, and medicine experienced dramatic change in the gender composition during the second half of the 20th century, engineering did not.  The question is, why?  Is the gender gap in engineering explained by, for example, cultural factors of professional socialization, social psychological factors such as self-confidence, or background?  Seron and Silbey have followed cohorts of entering students at four schools for five years using a variety of data gathering techniques, including yearly surveys, in-depth interviews, diaries, and observations. She also analyzed these data with Brian Rubineau (Cornell) and Erin Cech (formerly at UC San Diego, now at Rice University). 

Carroll Seron was also the Editor of Law & Society Review where she handled a wide range of articles dealing with questions of gender and the legal profession. 

 


 

Jacquelyn Slotkin

California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA

 

Jacquelyn H. Slotkin 

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Professor Slotkin, former director of the Legal Skills Program and a Legal Skills professor for 15 years, is director of the LL.M. and M.C.L. Programs for Foreign Lawyers. She developed California Western's Academic Support Program for entering diversity students. Her doctoral research was a cross-cultural study of role conflict experienced by college-educated women. She taught at the University of Arizona. After law school graduation, Slotkin practiced in a San Diego law firm before returning to teaching. When she is not teaching or recruiting students for the graduate program, she is a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and community volunteer.

 

Related Publications:

Slotkin, Jacquelyn. 2008. Rabenmutter and the Glass Ceiling: An Analysis of Role Conflict Experienced by Women Lawyers in Germany Compared with Women Lawyers in the United States, 38 Cal. W. Int'l L.J. 287.

Slotkin, Jacquelyn H. and Samantha Slotkin-Goodman. 2007. "It's Harder in Heels": Essays by Women Lawyers Achieving Work-Life Balance. Vandeplas Publishing.

 


 

Pamela Smith

Rady School of Management, UCSD

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Pamela K. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Management and Strategy at the Rady School of Management. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from New York University in 2004. Her dissertation on power and information processing received the prestigious Society of Experimental Social Psychology Dissertation Award. Prior to joining Rady, she worked in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, and Radboud University Nijmegen.

Dr. Smith's primary research interests are centered on how having or lacking social power affects low-level processes, particularly its nonconscious effects on basic cognition, motivation and interpersonal behavior. She also studies how particular cognitive styles are perceived as signs of power. Her other research is focused on basic systems - the BAS/BIS, approach vs. avoidance motivation, promotion vs. prevention - and how they explain the way people think, feel and behave.

 


 

Laurel Smith-Doerr

Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts

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Laurel Smith-Doerr is a sociologist who investigates how science, gender, and organizations are connected and become institutionalized in contemporary knowledge-based communities. Smith-Doerr conducts research on interorganizational collaboration, implications of different organizational forms for women’s equity in science, gendering of scientific networks and scientists’ approaches to social and ethical responsibilities, and tensions in the institutionalization of science policy. Results of this research have been published in her book, Women’s Work: Gender Equity v. Hierarchy in the Life Sciences (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004) and scholarly journals including Nature Biotechnology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Minerva, Regional Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociological Forum, Industry & Innovation, Sociological Perspectives, and Gender & Society.

Professor Smith-Doerr is Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and previously held faculty appointments in the Boston University Department of Sociology from 1999 to 2013. In 2004-5 she received a Jean Monnet fellowship to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Study at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In 2007-9 she was appointed as a Visiting Scientist and Program Officer in Science, Technology and Society at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. She received the NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for her work at NSF in leading the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program and on the committee implementing the ethics education policies of the America COMPETES Act of 2007. She was elected as a Council Member at-large to both the American Sociological Association (2012-14) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) for a three year term (2011-13). She received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and her MA/PhD from University of Arizona.

 


 

Elaine Tanaka

Department of Surgery, VA Hospital, UCSD

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Dr. Elaine Tanaka is a General Surgeon in the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla, CA where she teaches residents and medical students. She is currently creating a Breast Program at the VA Hospital and is an advocate for Women’s Health. She is also Founding President of the San Diego Chapter of the UCSD Medical Alumni Association and is actively involved in mentoring medical students. As faculty liaison for the Women in Medicine Group/American Medical Women’s Association at the UCSD School of Medicine, she is actively involved in and interested in gender equity. She received her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her internship at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas and her residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Diego.  

 


 

Shaun Travers

Director, LGBT Resource Center, UCSD

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Dr. Shaun Travers is the Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego and a Diversity Officer on campus. He received his Doctorate in Education, and his current research involves the leadership practice of social justice educators in higher education. In addition, he lectures on self-reflection in higher education practice, and the opportunities and challenges of working in the LGBT community.

With a 1994 Psychology and Theatre degree from California Lutheran University coupled with a 1996 MS in Education from Indiana University, Dr. Travers has experience in diversity, higher education, qualitative research, gender issues, youth and non-profit management. An active representative of the bisexual community, he frequently speaks at and participates in forums supporting the diversity of many social justice movements. He works with the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council, as well as the National Consortium of LGBT Directors in Higher Education, and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

 


 

Edwina Welch

Director, Cross-Cultural Center, UCSD

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Edwina Welch, Ed.D. (ewelch@ucsd.edu) has served as the Director of the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center since spring of 1996. In this capacity she works with students, staff and faculty on issues of climate and multiculturalism for UCSD and the surrounding San Diego community. Edwina Welch serves on numerous campus wide committees including the Chancellor’s Diversity Council, the Community Building Collaborative, and the 2004 Chancellor’s Diversity Summit.  Edwina also serves as a consultant to Staff Council, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation and other campus wide committees. Edwina works in the San Diego Community as a “Working Group Member for Civil Society” at the San Diego Foundation our region wide community foundation. Working with her Colleagues at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center and the Women’s Center, Welch has also done extensive training to staff and student organizations at UCSD and in the community. Prior to coming to UCSD, Edwina worked for the University of Oregon as the Director of the ASUO Women's Center. She also worked in Multicultural Recruitment and Academic Advising for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Admissions Office. Edwina received her BA in Communication Studies and Business Administration from California State University Sacramento, a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Oregon and her Doctorate of Education through a joint program with UCSD, San Diego State University, and the California State University at San Marcos. Edwina is also a founding member of the California Council for Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CaCCCHE) a regional wide collaborative of higher education cultural centers. Her specialty work areas include workshops on social justice and diversity, organizational capacity building, and small group communication. 

 


 

Joan Williams

Professor of Law, UC Hastings

Director of the Center for WorkLife Law

   

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Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. According to The New York Times, “she has something approaching rock-star status" among work/life advocates. She won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000).  She has authored or co-authored five books, including Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Men and Class Matter (Harvard University Press, fall 2010). She has also written sixty academic articles, which have been excerpted in law school casebooks on six different subjects. She has lectured at scores of major universities, both in North and Latin America. In 2006, Williams received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement. In 2008, she gave the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University. Follow her on her Huffington Post blog; the WorkLife Law website is www.worklifelaw.org.


 


Affiliates in Industry

 

Tina Beranbaum

Principal, Centauric, LLC

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Dr. Tina Beranbaum has been advising senior executives and aspiring leaders for over 20 years. She has worked in a wide variety of organizations with people at various stages in their careers. Tina knows what it takes to be effective at places like Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte & Touche and Citibank as well as small and mid sized businesses that few have heard of – yet.

 

Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Tina was a senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and a professor in the Industrial Relations program and Department of Sociology at McGill University in Montreal. She has an ability to communicate behavioral science and human dynamics in ways that are understandable to, and practical for, technically oriented people. 

 


 

Yvette Durazo

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Yvette Durazo, MA, ACC 's passion is helping professionals, companies and non-profits organizations to become more effective and build competences in the area of conflict management and relationships. Her approach provides a future-oriented, results-oriented, and goal-oriented methodology that combines executive coaching, neuroscience, personality styles and conflict management principles. Her process is designed in such a way that clients create awareness and growth to help gain confidence and competence to engage more effectively when dealing with conflict.

She specializes in resolving workplace and interpersonal conflicts promptly, professionally, confidentially, and with finesse. She shares her techniques and strategies as an Adjunct Professor teaching Conflict Resolution and Communication at National University. She received a Master’s in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Peacebuilding from CSU Dominguez Hills and an undergraduate degree in International Business with an emphasis in Latin American Studies from SDSU. She is an Associate Certified Credential Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation. She received her mediation certification from the San Diego Restorative Justice Center and National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) where she gained invaluable experience working with them as a mediator. She is also a certified trainer in the B.A.N.K.™ Personality Sales Training System. She speaks English and Spanish with equal ease and can conduct services in both languages. She has an intimate understanding of Hispanic culture and knows how different cultures can bring their assumptions into the workplace.

 


 

Rosibel Ochoa

Entrepreneurism and Leadership Programs and von Liebig Center, UC San Diego

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Rosibel Ochoa is the Executive Director of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement and the Senior Executive Director of Entrepreneurism and Leadership Programs at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Prior to joining the von Liebig Center, Rosibel was the founder of TekDome, LLC., a technology commercialization consultancy in San Diego, California. Its clients included Research Triangle Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and several startup companies. From 2002 to 2005, she was the Associate Director of the Office of Technology Licensing and Manager of the Industrial Contracts Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Rosibel worked at Motorola’s Energy Systems Group from 1998 to 2002, where, among other things, she was significantly involved in organizing and mining Motorola’s extensive intellectual property, including valuation of technology, licensing and technology transfer. Prior to that, she was at MeadWestvaco from 1996 to 1998 as a research scientist, developing materials for advanced lithium-polymer batteries and carbon-based super capacitors.

 


 

Jon Shafran

Centauric, LLC

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A sociologist by training, Jon Shafran’s broad skill sets in qualitative and quantitative methods provide him with a unique lens for solving workplace and human dynamics obstacles. He has nine years of experience in ethnographic methods that enable him to quickly and effectively analyze social networks and their underlying systems. Jon has also created and served as an instructor for university courses on research methods and design.

Jon joined Centauric LLC in 2012 and currently focuses his efforts on creatively assessing organizations, helping clients implement change, and enhancing innovation across a variety of industries. Through his experience interviewing a diverse cohort of executives in science, technology, and engineering, he has recognized the value of undertaking in-depth individual assessments using proven social research methods before jumping into complex solutions.

Jon holds an MA in sociology and is completing his doctorate at the University of California, San Diego. His dissertation research explores gendered employee interaction styles and impression management strategies in private sector science, technology, and engineering organizations. Additionally, he examines how STEM companies identify high-potential employees for leadership positions. Rapidly growing organizations frequently grapple with the problem of filling leadership positions with qualified internal candidates.

 


Student Affiliates

 

Laura Pecenco

Graduate Fellow

Department of Sociology, UCSD

Laura Pecenco is a PhD candidate in sociology at UC San Diego. Her main research interests are in the sociology of gender, sociology of art, penology/corrections, and criminology. Her dissertation, entitled "Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison," explores the gendering of incarcerated male artists and the art they create within the confines of the prison. Her work challenges previous assumptions regarding the hypermasculinity of the prison, as the art objects created often feature feminized iconography and media. Laura received her MA in Sociology from UC San Diego in 2010 and her BA, with Highest Honors, from UC Berkeley in 2006. Her undergraduate honors thesis, entitled "The Ultimate Garage Sale: Trust Issues on eBay," received the UC Berkeley Sociology Departmental Citation Honorable Mention.

 


 

Erica Bender

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

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Erica Bender received her B.A. in Sociology from Chapman University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. Her primary research interest is in gender and the military, particularly in the United States Marine Corps. Her current research addresses how Marines navigate a cultural context that emphasizes mutual respect and unity, but also simultaneously maintains cultural and structural boundaries between male and female Marines. Erica’s previous research investigated how the process of becoming a Marine influences an individual’s gender identity and the ways individuals ‘do gender’. Her dissertation will focus on the construction of the soldier as a cultural object in the early 21st century. She will address how significant gender integration of the military, the persistence of an All-Volunteer force, repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy, and proliferation of technological warfare influence the cultural construction of soldiering as a gendered activity.

 


 

Caitlyn Collins

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin

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Caitlyn is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She conducts qualitative research on gender, work, family, and social policy both in the U.S. and abroad. Specifically, her work examines how social policy influences the ways various social institutions – such as the state, the workplace, and the family – alleviate or perpetuate gender inequality. Her master’s thesis investigated how women in Germany experience motherhood and employment given the presence of generous work-family policies. She extended this research into Sweden during summer 2013.

 


 

Daniel Davis

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

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Dan has an MA in religious studies and in sociology, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Sociology at UC, San Diego. His interests are in the sociology of higher education, including where gender inequalities exist at all levels of campus life. He is also executive editor of Praxis Educator (www.praxiseducator.com) a online video journal of book reviews in the sociology of higher education.

 


 

Suzanne Dunai

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of History, UCSD

Suzanne Dunai completed a dual BA in International Studies and History at Texas A&M University in 2007 with a focus on women in modern Europe. She continued her education at the University of New Mexico where she received an MA in Modern European History in 2012. While there, she received awards from the Feminist Research Institute and the Graduate and Professional Student Association to write a thesis analyzing the cooking publications of the Women’s Section of the Falange during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco in Spain (1939-1975). She has presented research at the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies conference in Lisbon, Portugal in 2011 as well at the Graduate Resource Center Interdisciplinary Conference in Albuquerque in 2012.

She currently works in the History Department at UC San Diego where she intends to complete her PhD in Modern European History. Her current research examines cuisine culture expressed in cookbooks, women’s magazines, and home economics manuals during the post-Civil War period in Spain, known as the “years of hunger.” She focuses on the agency of Spanish housewives and reassesses the totalitarian dictatorship to only play a peripheral role in the daily lives and habits of the women she studies. Her main investigation is to understand the role of totalitarian food politics (such as rationing, black marketeering, price-setting, and distribution restrictions) in the production and circulation of cookbooks of the time. More broadly, Suzanne aims to incorporate transnational, trans-temporal, and interdisciplinary comparisons into her own research on motherhood, home economics movements, the historical significance of conservative women, food culture, and expressions of femininity and feminism.

 


 

Kate Flach

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of History, UCSD

I received my BA in Secondary Education and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Akron in 2007.  I completed my MA in History from the University of Akron in 2011, during which I researched televisual representations of African American womanhood and motherhood.  My thesis, “Mamie Till and Julia: Black Women’s Journey from Real to Realistic in 1950s and 60s TV,” examined how media coverage following the 1955 murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi presented Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley, to a cross-race national audience transforming the gender and racial discourse regarding motherhood and housewifery by visually altering what families in general, and mothers in particular, looked like.  Bradley’s glamorous appearance and strategic intervention in the popular press altered pubic sensibilities regarding black womanhood and had a ripple effect on the televisual aesthetic of programs featuring chic middle class black families in shows such as Julia

My current research as a PhD student at UCSD (2011-present) has transitioned to focus more broadly on televisual representations of women activists in print media and the news, in addition to portrayals of women in sitcoms during the 1960s and 1970s. With this research I hope to contribute to literature on women’s intervention in the politics of portrayals of women by tracing the genealogy of critiques made against media representations of motherhood and womanhood.  Focusing on how media as an industry is shaped by American political and social ideologies, this study examines who has the power to represent such televisual images, what it means to have that power, and how women came to understand certain images as oppressive by analyzing the triangular relationship between television writers and producers, audiences, and actors and activists. 

 


 

Emily Elizabeth Goodman

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Visual Arts, UCSD

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Emily Elizabeth Goodman received her BA in Art History and Psychology from McGill University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department of the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on 20th Century American Art, with a particular emphasis on Feminist art practices in New York and California in the 1960s and 70s. Her research specifically examines the issue of domesticity in relation to the conception of femininity and womanhood in Midcentury America as manifest in a myriad of art forms from this period. She is particularly interested in the relationship between food and gender as explored in the work of several women artists during this time. Her dissertation will examine how the concept of femininity is related to a series of dynamic relationships between food and the body and food as a site of cultural discourse. She will look at the ways that these artists simultaneously critique and challenge the tenable link between femininity and domestic labor, maternity, and the form of the female body in American culture during the period of Second Wave Feminism.

 


 

Melissann Herron

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

Melissann Herron received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology with specializations in social inequality and culture at the University of California, San Diego. Her master’s thesis, “Patronymy as Taken-for-Granted and Enforced Patriarchal Practice? Analysis of Marital Naming Practices and Plans,” examined the experiences of womyn who kept their birth names after marriage (keepers), as well as the ways in which engaged couples discuss marital naming options prior to marriage.  Significantly, as a result of their deviance from patriarchal naming practices, keepers face overt hostility and condemnation, sometimes leading this small group (fewer than 10 percent of U.S. womyn) to comply with patronymy as a survival mechanism. This, along with constructions of masculinity and the gendered nature of the institutions of marriage and the family, lead very few engaged womyn to consider non-traditional naming options. Unsurprisingly, there is little to no discussion of alternatives amongst men. Melissann plans to continue exploring the ways patronymy, as a deeply embedded cultural norm, seamlessly perpetuates gender oppression, even amongst otherwise liberal individuals. She also plans to conduct additional interviews with engaged couples and explore the gendered dynamics of their relationships beyond the topic of patronymy. More broadly, she is interested in studying inequality, particularly in the areas of marriage/family, motherhood, and womyn’s health.

 


 

Jessica Huerta

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCLA

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Jessica Huerta received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. As a member of the Center for Research of Gender in the Professions and participant of the undergraduate honors research program, Jessica’s thesis focused on sex discrimination and sexual harassment against women in male-dominated fields, particularly the military. She examined the conditions where service members are most likely to speak up against violations of policy. Her research consists of organizational analysis with use of neo-institutionalism and gender theories. Along with insights from the scholar community, Jessica’s research benefited from her experiences in the active duty Air Force as a Ground Radar Maintenance Technician for Air Traffic Control and Weather Systems and her deployment to Iraq as a Security Forces Controller and Dispatcher.
 

Jessica continues to serve the Air Force as an Equal Opportunity Advisor in the California Air National Guard and volunteers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Through these institutions, Jessica applies her research to investigate systemic discrimination against race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and family care-giver responsibilities.

 


 

Sidra Montgomery

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, University of Maryland

Sidra Montgomery received her B.A. in Sociology from Beloit College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her primary research interests are military families, military spouses, veterans, and identity. Her master’s research focused on an analysis of factors related to military spouses’ embracement of the traditional military spouse role. Her dissertation focuses on the rise of “wounded warrior” as a socially constructed category, examining the social meaning of “wounded warrior” by connecting public discourse and the impact this socially constructed category has on wounded OEF/OIF veterans.

 


 

Benjamin Moodie

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley

 

       

My dissertation examines continuities and changes in the dominant gender cultures of France and America from the 1950s to the present.  My main source of data is fiction, advice columns and feature articles from large-circulation women’s magazines, both mainstream and avowedly feminist.  I am supplementing this material with an assortment of demographic, time-use, survey and interview data.  The main thrust of the dissertation is to trace how different deep-seated assumptions about what makes a good person and a good life in each country have influenced their gender cultures, including feminism itself and anti-feminist reactions.

  

My teaching interests are first and foremost in the sociology of culture and in sociological theory.  Both fields deal with the intellectual issue that fascinates me most: how social contexts shape people’s imagination and motivations.  My background in economics, political science and history gives me a heightened awareness of sociology’s distinctive strengths and weaknesses, and hence, of what the sociological approach has to offer—and learn from—neighboring intellectual fields.  Of course, my work gives me a natural interest in and affinity for anthropology. 

 


 

Julia Rogers

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

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Julia Rogers is a graduate student in Science Studies and Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. She completed a BA in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her current interests in the production of scientific knowledge stem from her experience working as a Social Worker and Research Technician. Julia became interested in how psychological knowledge was deployed and utilized in a clinical setting differently than the way that knowledge was constructed in a research and academic settings. This sparked Julia's interest in the ways that science and society intersect to produce scientific knowledge. Julia's research interests pursue the moments of struggle, opposition, and negotiation between social groups and scientists in the production of scientific facts.

 


 

Laura Rogers

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

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Laura Rogers received her Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego specializing in culture and inequality where she recently received her M.A.  At JMU, Rogers wrote an undergraduate honors thesis using ethnographic methods to look at how boundaries are maintained within a homeless shelter.  She is currently working on a project on oncologists and how they discuss the gendered-body experiences of their patients. Her primary research interests are culture, the body, boundaries, and the reproduction of inequality.

 


 

Kathie Ross

Graduate Student Affiliate

Newcastle University Business School

Kathie Ross is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University Business School.  She has a MEd in distance education, a MBA, and is a CPA, CGA (Canada).  Although currently studying in the UK, her home base is British Columbia.  Her current research project utilizes oral history interviews to explore the interaction of continuing professional development and identity for women professional accountants in Canada.

 


 

Praveena Selvaduray

Medical Student Affiliate

UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Praveena Selvaduray began her training at San Diego City College then continued on to UC San Diego where she earned her BS in Molecular Biology. She continued her education at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she earned a Ph.D. in Immunology.  Desiring more of a connection to people, Praveena redirect her career towards medicine which has brought her back to UCSD where she is currently earning a medical degree and serving as the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) UCSD Branch President.  Through AMWA, and the extensive mentorship program she has developed at the UCSD School of Medicine, Praveena is creating a forum for candid dialogue between female physicians and students thereby empowering students to follow their dreams without being hindered by societal/familial/professional expectations that may be incongruent with their own desires. To ensure that this culture of mentorship continues, Praveena is currently working on an independent study project entitled, "Creating a Sustainable Program of Mentorship for Female Medical Students at UCSD.”

 


 

Jon Shafran

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

   

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Jonathan Shafran studies the interplay between paid labor, gender, and work on the body. His current research explores the embodied aspects of labor in contemporary science, technology, and engineering fields. He is working on a dissertation that examines the ways in which professional cultures in STEM affect how bodies matter for workers. Additionally, his dissertation examines how STEM companies identify and recruit high-potential employees for leadership positions that require a range of talents. Rapidly growing organizations frequently grapple with the problem of filling leadership positions. How particular organizations effectively organize resources and programs for solving this problem is an empirical question. Jonathan’s other research analyzes men’s gendered motivations for engaging in particular types of bodywork. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and an M.S. in Sociology from UC San Diego. 

 

 


 

Victoria Tootill

Undergrad Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

I’m currently a 2nd year student at UCSD pursuing an Economics/Sociology double major. I plan on studying Business and Economics at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona for the upcoming winter and spring quarters. At the moment, my primary research concerns deal with inequality among social classes with regards to race, gender, and education. I’m currently an active member of the Sociology club here at UCSD, and just obtained an undergraduate research position. Over my next couple of years here I hope to narrow my research focus and following graduation, pursue my PhD in Sociology.

 


 

Cristina Visperas

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Communication, UCSD

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Cristina Visperas received her B.S. in biotechnology at UCD and her M.A. in media studies at SDSU. She has been a research assistant in both academic and industry laboratory settings, including research in stem cells, burn injuries, parasitic plants, and the biochemistry of membranes. She is now a graduate student in Communication and Science Studies. Her current research interests sits at the cross-overs between disability/freak studies, gender studies, and science and technology studies. Her theoretical leanings and approaches are primarily underwritten by scholarly work in Black studies, notably those in Afro-pessimism. Cristina’s work is focused on how blackness, gender, and disability were entangled in the context of science and medicine under slavery in the U.S., or how the slave structures and figures in the grammar and optics of scientific objectivity, expertise, and narratives of evidence.

 


 

Alexandra Vogel

Undergraduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

I am currently an undergraduate student at UC San Diego studying sociology.  I will be studying at L’Institut de Science Politique in Paris during the 2012-2013 academic year. As a former pageant contestant with a keen interest in critical gender studies I am currently working on an independent research project titled “The Sport of Beauty” – Investigating the Lure and Economics of Beauty Pageants.  “The Sport of Beauty” aims to understand the cultural phenomenon of Beauty Pageants within the United States. We aim to examine whether pageants meet their stated goals of promoting educated, self-confident women, or whether it is a purely economic venture aimed at profiting off hopeful pageant contestants. Our goals are to identify and help explain the social mechanisms that entice women to enter pageantry as well as trace the career progressions of both pageant title-holders and contestants.   The media portrays beauty pageants in both a positive and negative light within American culture. Through this study I seek to answer whether the “dream industry” is bigger than the career or personal advancement of pageant participants.  In other words, do pageant executives make more money off the pageant industry than contestants make from participating in pageants, or does participating in pageants significantly benefit both the contestants as well as the pageant producers?  Additionally, I also seek to further explore the cultural structure of emphasized femininity within beauty pageants and explain how this concept plays into a women’s decision to enter a beauty pageant.  After graduating from UCSD, I plan to continue my education by pursing a Ph.D. in Sociology.

 


 

Stacy Williams

Graduate Student Affiliate

Department of Sociology, UCSD

 
    

Stacy Williams is primarily interested in studying the relationship between food and gender. She would like to focus on how food and eating practices influence gender norms, and vice versa. A large piece of her research will include analyzing cultural objects related to food, such as cookbooks, cooking magazines and cooking TV shows to study the gender messages that are mixed with cooking lessons. At Northwestern University, Williams wrote an undergraduate honors thesis about the portrayal of American middle-class housewives’ gender roles in the 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking. She found that this edition of Joy represents the domestic housewife ideal of the mid-20th century while, surprisingly, criticizing the contemporary gender norms. Joy’s criticism bears strong resemblance to the later second-wave feminism. This connection piqued Williams’s interest in researching how subversive ideas can exist in the mainstream during climates unfavorable to change. She would like to explore whether this process in mid-century cookbooks produced widely understood critiques of the housewife role that second-wave feminists could expand upon and apply towards their quest for gender equality.

 



News and Events

Grant Awarded for U.S./Norway Comparative Study on Gender and Work

In 2014, Senior Academic Affiliate Sigtona Halrynjo and colleagues at the Institute for Social Research (ISF) in Oslo received funding from the Research Council of Norway for a large, multi-year project entitled, “Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Comparative Perspectives and Welfare State Challenges." Mary Blair-Loy will take the lead on a U.S. comparison for a sub-part of this project. The subproject, “Cracks in the glass ceiling? Female career patterns in the United States and Norway,” will compare women executives’ career paths in the two countries. 


Little Change in the Gender Wage Gap

September 2014 Census Bureau data indicates that in 2013 full-time, year-round working women earned 78% of the pay of their male counterparts. This gender wage gap has remained consistent since 2007. Although factors such as hours worked, educational differences, and job type account for some of this pay difference, 10-40% of the gender wage gap is unexplained. The Center for American Progress recommends seven steps to reduce the gap, including raising the minimum wage, supporting pay transparency, and passing sick days legislation.


Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative

CRGP Graduate Fellow Laura Pecenco's dissertation, entitled "Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison," is a multi-method analysis of the diverse ways in which gender is performed by men in prison art programs. As part of her dissertation research, Pecenco founded Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative, a visual arts program at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Her program has recently been featured as the cover story of San Diego CityBeat and on both Midday Edition and Evening Edition of KPBS. Project PAINT has also now received funding from a partnership of the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to expand programming.


 

 

 

 

 

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