Linda Blum

Associate Professor of Sociology
Interim Graduate Program Director, 2014-15
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Phone: 617-373-4995
Office: 543 Holmes Hall
CV: Download as PDF

Areas of Research/Interest:

• Sociology of Gender
• Gender, Medicine, and the Body
• Work and Family
• Feminist Theory
• Sociological Theory
• Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods

Selected Publications-Books

Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality. In press, New York University Press (February 2015).

At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.

Between Feminism and Labor: The Signifinance of the Comparable Worth Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

  • Japanese edition, Ochanomizu Press, 1996.

Selected Articles

2011.  “‘Not Some Big, Huge, Racial-Type Thing, But…:’ Mothering Children of Color with Invisible Disabilities in the Age of Neuroscience.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 36, 4: 941-967.

  • 2013 Honorable Mention, Distinguished Article Award, Sex and Gender Section, American Sociological Association.

2011. Organized, edited, and introduced: Symposium on Surrogacy, Past and Present Feminist Debates, on Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction by Susan Markens. Sociological Forum 26, 1: 194-208. (With M. Sullivan, E. Teman, B. Katz Rothman, S.Markens.)

2009. Linda M. Blum and Jennifer J. Esala. “Breastfeeding.” Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development Ed. D. Carr. Vol 1: 64-68. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference, Gale Virtual Reference Library, 2009). To be reprinted in Gendered Bodies, 2nd ed., Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore, eds. (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

  • 2010. Reprinted in Gendered Bodies, 2nd ed., Judith Lorber and Lisa Jean Moore, eds. Oxford University Press.

2007. “Mother-Blame in the Prozac Nation: Raising Kids with Invisible Disabilities.” Gender & Society 21.2: 202-226 (2007).

  • 2012. Featured on Sociological Images, The Society Pages website. July 2, Lisa Wade.

Selected Media-Public Sociology:

2012 Interview, Sarah Springer, “Can There Be an All-American Beauty?” April.

2012 Featured in Elizabeth Badinter, “The Tyranny of Breast-feeding.” Harper’s Magazine, March.

2012 Interview, Amelia Pak-Harvey, “Universities Across Nation Discuss Plans Against Sexual Assault. Daily Free Press, Boston University, March.

2012 Inteview, Claire Gordon, Huffington Post, revival of wet-nursing as an occupation, January.

2010 Featured Segment, Kate Raphael, KPFA Radio Women’s Magazine, – Women office workers two decades after Between Feminism and Labor, April 12.

Courses Taught Undergraduate:

SOCL 1255 Sociology of the Family | Syllabi

SOCL 2300 Social Theory | Syllabi

Courses Taught Graduate:

SOCL 7200 Classical Theory | Syllabus

SOCL 7256 Concentration Foundation Course: Sociology of Gender | Syllabus