Sarah Fenstermaker

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Sarah Fenstermaker 2015

Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender

1136 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Phone: 734-764-9537
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  • Fields of Study
    • work and gender, feminist inquiry, feminist theory, research methods
  • About

    Professor Fenstermaker's research on women and work, domestic labor, family violence, and the workings of gender, race, and class has resulted in a long list of publications, most notably The Gender Factory: The Apportionment of Work in American Households (Plenum Press, 1985). Her publications also include an edited volume (with A. Goetting), Individual Voices, Collective Visions: Fifty Years of Women in Sociology (Temple University Press, 1995), and Doing Gender, Doing Difference: Inequality, Power, and Institutional Change (with C. West), (Routledge, 2002).  She recently published Sociologists Backstage: Answers to 10 Questions about What They Do (with N. Jones) (Routledge, 2011). Professor Fenstermaker joined the university from UC Santa Barbara, where she was the first woman tenured in the Department of Sociology, and served as the founding chair of the UCSB Women's Studies program (now Feminist Studies). She served as the director of UCSB's Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research. She also served as the associate dean of the UCSB Graduate Division and as divisional vice chair of the UCSB Academic Senate. She graduated from Goucher College and received her doctorate from Northwestern University.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Northwestern University