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The Gender cluster represents a group of scholars whose research and teaching interests focus on some aspect of gender as one of the major axes of stratification and inequality. Gender is both an individual attribute and an institutionalized system of relations and practices. That patterns of gender inequality vary culturally as well as historically indicate that gender is socially constructed rather than biologically given. Gender shapes how we understand the categories "male" and "female" as well as "masculinity" and femininity," it is relational, in that femaleness/femininity takes on meaning in relation to maleness/masculinity, as well as in relation to other categories of identity and analysis such as race, class, sexual orientation, etc.

Gender is perceived as solely a binary in most societies, creating certain cultural limitations on those who do not fit into this dichotomous categorization. Cultural assumptions about differences between and among genders help to justify and naturalize unequal access to societal resources. It ensures that women and men of different races, classes, and sexualities are positioned differently across a range of sites and institutions both in the US and abroad, including the labor force, the global economy, the educational system, the political system, religious institutions, migration patterns, popular culture, and the family.

Cluster-Related Graduate Courses

Soc 270 Demography

An introduction to the study of population change and composition, including mortality, fertility, and migration.    Fall 2012.   Hamilton.

Soc 295 Global Motherhood

Wolf, Winter 2013.

Soc 295 Social Transformations and Life-Course Dynamics: Theories and Methods

Although the course focuses on general historical changes and their impacts on individual lives,  it will review (in length) research and methods on gender-related societal changes in gender ideology, the labor market, education, politics and the family both within the U.S. and globally.   Winter 2013. Shu.

Gender-related courses

233. Gender, Culture, and Local/Global Transformation (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Focus on critical approach to women, men and globalization; analyze local transformations with global connections within specific cultural contexts. Course covers theory, methodological issues, and relationship between theory and practice.

234. Gender, Family, and Society (4)

Seminar—3 hours; seminar paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. The major theoretical traditions and concerns in family sociology and sociology of gender.

Soc 295 Gender and Race in Organizations Smith

Soc 295 Immigration

In this course we examine contemporary theoretical and empirical debates in the sociological literature on international migration, including on the causes and control of international migration, gender and migration, the incorporation of international migrants and their descendents into host societies, transnationalism, and membership, identity, and belonging.   Hamilton

WMS 250 Cultural Study of Masculinities Craig

People specializing in this area

Grindstaff, Laura
  • Professor
2263 SSH
Spring 2017: Mondays 2-4pm
Halfmann, Drew
  • Associate Professor
2270 SS&H
Spring 2017: T 10-11am, and by appointment
McCarthy, Bill
  • Professor
2238 SS&H
Spring 2017: Tuesday 12:30-1:30; Thursday 3:00-3:30; Friday by appointment
Shauman, Kimberlee
  • Professor
2243 SS&H
Spring 2017: Wednesdays 9-11pm
Shu, Xiaoling
  • Professor,Graduate Director and Vice Chair
  • 教授,副系主任,研究生主任
2274 Social Sciences & Humanities
Not teaching in Spring 2017. Hours: Mon 10-12pm
  • Smith, Chris
    • Assistant Professor
    2245 SS&H
    Spring 2017: Thursdays 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Smith, Vicki
    • Professor and Department Chair
    (530) 752-7746
    2261 SS & H
    Spring 2017 Mondays 3-5 pm Thursdays 9-11 am By appointment
    Wolf, Diane
    • Professor
    • Director, Jewish Studies Program
    2267 SS&H
    Spring 2017. T/R 10:30-11:30am
    Baxi, Parul
    • Lecturer
    2249 SS&H
    Spring 2017: M & W 10:00-11:00am and by appointment.
    Sweet, Elizabeth
    • Lecturer
    2249 SS&H
    Wednesday 12:00-2:00p By appointment
  • Graduate Students
    Boylan, Elizabeth
    • Graduate Student
    • GSR LGBTQIA Resource Center
    LGBTQIARC & 258 SS&H
    LGBTQIARC Wed 12pm-2pm, or by appointment
    Carter, Angela
    • PhD Candidate
    278 SS&H
    Monday 2:15-3:15 Wednesday 2:15-3:15
    Chen , Jingjing 陈晶晶
    • PhD Candidate
    286 SS&H
    Monday 2:40pm - 3:40pm Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Feldman, Valerie
    • PhD Candidate
    254 SS&H
    By appointment only
    Florence, Chelsi
    • Graduate Student
    SS&H 294
    Mon. & Wed. 10:50am-11:50am (or by appointment)
    Hayes, Joshua
    • Graduate Student, Lecturer
    259 SS&H
    I do not have office hours this quarter. Please contact me via email.
    Jaeger, Ashlyn
    • PhD Candidate
    294 SS&H
    By appointment
    Lauteria, Evan
    • Graduate Student
    261 SS&H
    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00pm-4:00pm
    Ryan, Krysti
    • Graduate Student
    278 SS&H
    by apt.
    Associated Faculty
    Craig, Maxine
    • Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program
    1223 Hart Hall
  • Research Professors
    Jackman, Mary
    • Research Professor
    2245 SS&H
    Winter 2013: T 3:00-5:00
    On The Job Market
    Sweet, Elizabeth
    • Lecturer
    2249 SS&H
    Wednesday 12:00-2:00p By appointment
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    Gender Book Awards

    Book Awards:

    Eileen Otis (Ph.D. 2003) received the 2013 Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association Sex and Gender Section for her book, Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work, and the Making of Inequality in China (2011, Stanford University Press).

    Clare Stacey (Ph.D. 2004). The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides, the major book award from the ASA Section on Emotions.

    Jennifer Reich (Ph.D. 2002). Fixing Families: Parents, Power and the Child Welfare System, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class and a finalist for the SSSP's C. Wright Mills Award.

    Jennifer Bickham-Mendez (Ph.D. 1999). From the Revolution to the Maquiladors: Gender, Labor, and Globalization in Nicaragua, major book award from the ASA Section on Political Economy of World Systems.

    Julie Bettie (Ph.D. 1997) Women Without Class: Girls, Race and Identity, the ASA Section on Sex and Gender Book Award.

    Gender Alumni


    Julie Bettie (Ph.D. 1997) is associate professor of sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity (2002, University of California Press)

    Jennifer Bickham Mendez (Ph.D. 1999) is associate professor of sociology at College of William and Mary. She has published articles in such journals as Social Problems, Mobilization, Labor Studies Journal, and Gender and Society. Her book From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor and Globalization in Nicaragua (2005, Duke University Press) received the 2008 Annual Book Award from the Political Economy of the World System Section of the American Sociological Association as well as an honorable mention from the Global Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

    Jennifer Reich (Ph.D. 2002) is associate professor of sociology at University of Denver. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco in 2004.  Her book, Fixing Families: Parents, Power and the Child Welfare System, on Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the ASA Section on Race, Gender, and Class and was a finalist for the SSSP's C. Wright Mills Award.

    Eileen Otis (Ph.D. 2003) is associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Markets and Bodies: Women, Service Work and the Making of Inequality in China (2011, Stanford University Press), as well as articles published in the American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, Qualitative Sociology, Politics and Society, and Contemporary Sociology. Her research has won awards from the Asia/Asian-American and the Sex and Gender sections of the American Sociological Association and from Sociologists for Women in Society.

    Clare Stacey (Ph.D. 2004) is associate professor of sociology at Kent State University. She is the author of The Caring Self: The Work Experiences of Home Care Aides (ILR/Cornell University Press) and have also published in theSociology of Health and IllnessSocial Science and Medicine and the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.

    Ellen Scott (Ph.D.1997) is professor of sociology and Head of Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She has published Gender and SocietyJournal of Marriage and the FamilySocial Problems, andTheory and Society.