Karin A. Martin

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Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office Location(s): 3164 LSA
Phone: 734.936.0525
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Women's Studies, Institute for Research on Women and Gender
  • Fields of Study
    • Culture and Knowledge
    • Gender and Sexuality
  • About

    Karin A. Martin is a Professor of Sociology who is interested in understanding the micro, everyday practices that construct social inequality. In particular, she works at the intersections of gender, sexuality, and childhood. Her research has examined gender differences in experiences of puberty and first sex; how children’s bodies are gendered in preschool; and sexual socialization in early childhood, including how mothers normalize heterosexuality for preschoolers and what children learn about sexuality from G-rated movies. She has also written on how advice books construct gender-neutral childrearing; how gender identity serves as a form of social control during labor and childbirth, and about the cultural tools advice books provide parents about adolescents’ "coming out." She is currently working on a new set of projects about conflicts within childcare.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Children & Youth, Sex & Gender, Sexualities,