Family & Gender Research

The Family and Gender Workshop brings together researchers who concentrate on family relationships and processes, gender theory, and the interaction of gender and family life within the context of social inequality.

Area Faculty

Anna Linders (Organizer)
Anna’s research is located at the intersection of history, culture, social movements, and politics. Her analytical focus is always on processes of meaning-making and include work on abortion and capital punishment. She is currently at work on a book about the transformation of the American execution audience, from the early 19th century to the present.

Littisha Bates
Littisha's current family research focuses on family processes that impact educational outcomes. One of her most recent project focuses on reconceptualizing parental involvement to include measures that reach across racial/ethnic, cultural, gender and socioeconomic lines. More about her race-related education research can be found on the  Urban/Race Research page.

Danielle Bessett

Danielle's research program brings together several different topics within the Sociology of Reproduction. The common theme across all of her scholarship is a concern with knowledge, its relationship to power, and inequality.  She is at work on a book project, "Pregnant with Possibility: Medicalization, Cultural Difference, and Women's Experiences of 'Normal' in Stratified Reproduction." More information on the book project can be found on the Health Research page.

Erynn Casanova

Erynn's current book project examines paid domestic work in Ecuador, including both worker and employer perspectives. Her most recent book, Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity, explored men's experiences of dressing for corporate work in three U.S. cities.

Dave Maume

Dave's research is on gender inequality in work and family life, and the connections between the two. His recent studies include examinations of how work demands affect family life (e.g., gender differences in providing urgent child care, taking vacation time, getting enough sleep, etc.), and how family life affects work and careers (e.g., gender differences in placing restrictions on work efforts, and how gender stereotypes affect job assignments, pay, and mobility). Currently, he is analyzing how the gender of the immediate supervisor affects subordinate work outcomes, the effect of the welfare state (here and abroad) on the sex gap in pay and work-family conflict, gender differences in mobility in the new economy, and gender differences in the effects of sport participation on aggression, deviance, and sexual behavior in adolescents. In 2014 he will receive the Jocher-Beard Award for distinguished scholarly contributions to an understanding of gender and society from the Southern Sociological Society.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/2/2017 Workshop - "'Masc4Masc': Masculinity and Desire on Grindr" by graduate student Kyle Shupe, Department of Sociology
  • 3/2/2017 Workshop - "Changing the Norm: Transgender Teens and Lesbian Parents in Youth Media" by Associate Professor Nancy Jennings, Department of Communications 
  • 4/13/2017 Workshop - "Dressed for Death: Execution Attire, Gender, and Respectability" by Associate Professors Erynn Casanova and Anna Linders, Department of Sociology