Sociology of Gender

The gender concentration explores the social and cultural construction of gender as a fundamental basis of social relations and institutions. The guiding intellectual mission for this concentration is to consider the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, age, disability, and sexuality in a transnational and historical context. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, examining gender relations in the United States and globally; as well as how ideas about gender shapes ideologies and economic, political and cultural processes. Current faculty connect this subfield with other areas of investigation such as: immigration, globalization, intersectionality, the state, sexuality; health, medicine and the body; education, family, paid and unpaid work, science and technology, as well as the history of the discipline itself.

Students interested in this concentration are required to complete a foundation course, two electives from the gender cluster, and a comprehensive examination on gender. The reading list for the comprehensive exam can be found under the ‘Forms and Resources’ link in the left hand banner.

Affiliated Sociology Faculty

Linda Blum
Silvia Dominguez
Alisa Lincoln
Valentine M. Moghadam
Nina Sylvanus
Berna Turam
Suzanna Walters
Kathrin Zippel

Foundation course

SOCL 7265 Sociology of Gender | Syllabus

Sample electives

SOCL 7202 Feminist Theory
SOCL 7212 Feminist Methodologies
SOCL 7248 Race, Class and Gender
SOCL 7273 Gender and Social Policy
SOCL 7236 Sociology of the Family
SOCL 7222 Gender and Globalization
Feminism and Islam-MIT Consortium
Ethnic, Racial and Religious Identity
Gender and Work

Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies

Students can take all courses offered as part of the GCWS.
Every year the GCWS offers: Feminist Inquiry and Workshop for Dissertation Writer’s in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Additionally, each semester offers a range of new courses. Some examples of courses taught by NU faculty are:

  • Feminism and Islam (Berna Turam)
  • Feminist Inquiry: Strategies of Effective Scholarship (Linda Blum)
  • Gender, Armed Conflict, and Peacemaking (Gordana Rabrenovic)
  • Gender, The State and Women’s Political Power (Eileen McDonagh)
  • Interrogating Marriage (Suzanne Thomas Buckles)
  • U.S. Women’s Biography: Lives/History/Feminist Theory (Carla Kaplan)
  • Women, Representation, and Music in Selected Talk Traditions (Judith Tick)

Faculty outside Sociology and Anthropology who serve on Committees and/or advise for the Gender Concentration in Sociology

  • Robin Chandler, African American Studies
  • Hortensia Amaro, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Susan Jo Roberts, Bouvé College of Health Sciences
  • Murray Forman, Communication Studies
  • Kumi Silva, Communication Studies
  • Mary Ballou, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Tracy L. Robinson, Counseling and Applied Psychology
  • Amy Farrell, Criminal Justice
  • Elizabeth Dillion, English
  • Laura Green, English
  • Carla Kaplan, English
  • Mary Loeffelholz, English
  • Laura Frader, History
  • Christina Gilmartin, History
  • Martha Davis, Law School (on sabbatical 2008-2009)
  • Lois Kanter, Law School
  • Hope Lewis, Law School
  • Margaret Woo, Law School
  • Susan Setta, Philosophy and Religion
  • Eileen McDonagh, Political Science
  • Patricia Kiladis, School of Nursing

Affiliated Centers and Interdisciplinary Programs

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Students have the option of earning a certificate in interdisciplinary Women’s Gender and Sexuality studies in addition to their Master’s or PhD in sociology. The requirements for the certificate can be found here.

The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT brings together feminist scholars and teachers at Boston-area institutions (Boston College, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts, Boston) devoted to graduate teaching and research in women’s studies and to advancing interdisciplinary women’s studies scholarship.

For Completed Dissertations in the Sociology of Gender click here.

Women’s Studies Publications

Gender Faculty in the news
Casting Light on Social Blame
Linda Blum – 10/6/09
Islamism Coexisting with the Secular State
Berna Turam – 11/3/09