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Katja M. Guenther (PhD, University of Minnesota, 2006) examines social inequalities, social movements, and social change. Her recent work focuses on feminist movements in post-socialist Eastern Europe. Prof. Guenther is an ethnographer who utilizes comparative and feminist methodologies and epistemologies to explore processes of social change and how local actors respond to and resist such change. She is the author of Making Their Place: Feminism After Socialism in Eastern Germany (Stanford University Press, 2010). Her articles exploring topics ranging from policy diffusion to the emotion cultures of feminist organizations have appeared in journals such as Gender & Society, Signs, Politics & Gender, and Social Politics.  For more information, please see her website.

Alfredo Mirandé (PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1967) has published two books and a number of articles that focus on gender. La Chicana: The Mexican American Woman, co-authored with Evangelina Enriquez, was the first work on Chicanas published by a major press (University of Chicago). Mirandé is also the author of Hombres y Machos: Masculinity and Latino Culture, Westview Press. Mirandé has published a number of articles focusing on the intersection of race, class, gender, and law, and teaches graduate and undergraduate in these areas.

Karen Pyke (PhD, University of California, Irvine, 1993) studies the gendered and racial experiences of second generation Asian Americans, “parachute” children from Asia who live in the U.S. apart from their parents, and multiracial and biracial Asian Americans. She is especially interested in gendered racism, internalized oppression and the reproduction of inequality, and the co-construction of gender and ethnic identity. Pyke has also done research on gender, class, and power dynamics in marriage. She has published research in Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, and Qualitative Sociology.

Ellen Reese (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998) examines the politics of welfare in the United States, past and present. She is currently writing a book comparing the 1950s welfare backlash with the present one. Her book focuses on how race, class, and gender interests conspired to limit poor mother’s welfare rights in both periods, and why welfare retrenchment has worsened in recent years. Her latest research project examines contemporary women’s mobilization to improve their welfare rights and public childcare policies. Her research has been published in Gender & Society, Work and Occupations, Social Politics: International Journal on Gender, State, and Society, Journal of Poverty, and Race, Gender, and Class.

Jan E. Stets is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory. She is a micro-theorist who studies such issues as the self, identity, emotions, and behavior. She uses the framework of identity theory to inform her work. In the gender area, she examines how individuals conceptualize themselves in terms of their gender (one’s gender identity), and how this conceptualization influences their behavior within and across situations. She is the co-author of such books as Identity Theory (Oxford Press, 2009) and The Sociology of Emotions (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She is past director of the sociology program at the National Science Foundation (2008-10), past chair of the ASA Section on Emotions (2008-09), and past chair of the ASA Section on Social Psychology (2012-13). She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a member of the Sociological Research Association, an honor society of sociological scholars.