Karen Pyke
Karen Pyke

Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor

E-mail: karen.pyke@ucr.edu


Karen D. Pyke, Ph.D. is a critical race feminist theorist whose qualitative research on second-generation Asian Americans contributes to intersectional theory and a sociological understanding of internalized oppression. Her recent work considers the institutional practices that undergird faculty gender inequity in academia. In earlier research on Korean and Vietnamese Americans supported by the National Science Foundation, Pyke examined the “normal American family” as a controlling ideology that informs how adult children of immigrants understand their family lives; acculturative differences and power among siblings in immigrant families; and the internalization of racial and gender stereotypes in the construction of individual and sub-ethnic identities. Pyke is the recipient of several research and teaching awards, including the Distinguished Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sex and Gender Section for the Gender & Society article, “Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities;” the Jessie Bernard Award for Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship from the National Council of Family Relations for the Gender & Society article, “Class-based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power;” the Dean Dorn Teaching Award from the Pacific Sociological Association; and the UCR Innovative Teaching Award. Pyke’s professional service includes president (2016-17) and vice president of the Pacific Sociological Association, Deputy Editor for Journal of Family Issues, and editorial board member for several journals including Gender & Society. She is currently a visiting professor at St. George’s University in Grenada, W. I.


Innovative Teaching Award, University of California, Riverside, 2014

Distinguished Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section, 2006.

Junior Faculty Teaching Award, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science, University of California, Riverside, 2003.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Southern California, Andrus Gerontology Center. National Institute on Aging, Multidisciplinary Training Program in Aging Research.

Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship, National Council on Family Relations, 1995.


Race and Gender Inequality, Internalized Oppression, Intersectionality, Asian Americans, Critical Race Feminist Theory, Power, Families, Qualitative Methods


“Immigrant Families in the U.S. and the Shifting Color Line.” 2014. in Jacqueline L. Scott, Judith Treas, and Martin P.M. Richards (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of the Family. New York: Blackwell Publishers.

“Faculty Gender Inequity and the ‘Just Say No to Service’ Fairytale” 2014. Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education (2014) Kris De Welde & Andi Stepnick (Eds.) Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

“Service and Gender Inequity among Faculty.” 2011. PS: Political Science & Politics Politics (Journal of the American Political Science Association) 44: 85-87.

“What is Internalized Racial Oppression and Why Don’t We Study It? Acknowledging Racism’s Hidden Injuries.” 2010. Sociological Perspectives. 53: 551–572.

“An Intersectional Approach to Resistance and Complicity: The Case of Racialized Desire among Asian American Women.” 2010. Journal of Intercultural Studies. 31: 81-94.

Kristy Shih and Karen Pyke. 2010. “Power, Resistance and Emotional Economies in Women’s Relationships with Mothers-in-law in Chinese Immigrant Families.” Journal of Family Issues. 31: 333-357.

“What’s Age Got to do with it? Power and Gender in Husband-Older Marriages.” 2010. Karen Pyke and Michele Adams. Journal of Family Issues. 31: 748-777.

“Defying the Taboo on the Study of Internalized Racism” 2007. Global Migration, Cultural Transformation, and Social Change Emory Elliott, Jasmine Payne, Patricia Ploesch (Eds.) NY: Palgrave MacMillan, Pp. 101-120

“‘Generational Deserters’ and ‘Black Sheep’: Acculturative Differences Among Siblings in Asian Immigrant Families.” 2005. Journal of Family Issues. 26: 1-27.

“Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: ‘Doing’ Gender Across Cultural Worlds.” Feb. 2003 Gender & Society 17:33-53 (with Denise Johnson).

“‘FOB’ and ‘Whitewashed’: Identity and Internalized Racism Among Second Generation Asian Americans” Qualitative Sociology 26:147-172 (with Tran Dang).

“The Normal American Family’’ as an Interpretive Structure of Family Life Among Children of Korean and Vietnamese Immigrants.” (2000). Journal of Marriage and the Family 62: 240-255.

“The Micro-politics of Parent Care: Individualism, Collectivism and Power in Late-life Families.” Journal of Marriage and the Family, (1999) 61:661-672.

“Class-based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power,” Gender and Society, (1996) 10:527-549.

“Women’s Employment as a Gift or Burden? Marital Power across Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage.” Gender & Society, (1994) 8:73-91.

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