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Kristen Myers
Professor (SOCI)
Director of Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (CSWGS)

Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Scholarly Interests: I am concerned with the intersections of privileges and disadvantages. Inequality results from a complex, paradoxical set of social processes, and my work focuses on these contradictions.

My research has addressed the following issues: the ways that black and white women work to overcome racism; the ways that people talk about race in private; the ways that positionality affects qualitative research; the ways that gay and lesbian police officers negotiate gender expectations at work; and the ways that students are taught about inequality. I integrate my research agenda into my teaching practices, and vice versa.

Recent Courses Taught: Social Problems, The Sociology of Gender, Work and Inequality, Qualitative Research Methods, Social Inequality, Research in Women's Studies, and The Sociology of Knowledge.

E-mail: kmyers@niu.edu
Office: Reavis 103

Phone: 815-753-1038

Curriculum Vitae