Professor Emerita of Social and Cultural Analysis , Sociology
Ph.D. (Sociology) 1979, Brandeis University; M.A. (History) 1968, University of Illinois, Chicago; B.A. (Social Studies), 1964, University of Michigan.
Areas of Research/Interest:
Gender; family; sexuality; feminist and queer theory; ethnography.
Unhitched: Love, Marriage and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China, NY: New York University Press, 2011.
Brave New Families: Stories of Domestic Upheaval in Late Twentieth-Century America, Basic Books 1990; second paperback edition, University of California Press, 1998
“How Does the Gender of Parents Matter?” and “Ideal Families and Social Science Ideals,” (co-authored with Timothy Biblarz), Journal of Marriage and the Family, vol 72, n. 1 (Feb 2010).
“(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?”, co-authored with Timothy Biblarz American Sociological Review 66, n.2 (April 2001):159-83.
“New Slants on the Slippery Slope: The Politics of Polygamy and Gay Family Rights in South Africa and the U.S.,” (co-authored with Tey Meadow). Politics and Society 37, n.2 (2009): 167-202.