Sociology of Gender & Sexuality

Sociology of Gender & Sexuality

The UCLA Sociology of Gender and Sexuality Working Group (GSWG) brings together graduate students and faculty interested in the sociology of gender and sexuality. This group embraces a range of methodologies and theoretical approaches aimed at uncovering the social processes and institutions that reproduce gender difference and gender inequality. Additionally, we have taken an intersectional approach to the sociology of gender, focusing on the ways in which gender interacts with other social locations such as sexuality, class, nationality, citizenship, race, ethnicity, and age. While traditionally focused on the sociology of gender, we work towards creating a dynamic group housed in the Sociology Department that builds bridges with scholars in Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, what has traditionally been called ethnic studies, and other programs.

Scope of Activities

  • Graduate Students: The GSWG provides graduate students a space to present and discuss their work in order to obtain constructive feedback and improve their projects.
  • Faculty Speakers: The GSWG invites scholars from both UCLA and other institutions to present their work at various levels of completion to both receive critical feedback and to build relationships with group members.
  • Writing Group: The GSWG hosts a weekly writing group with the group's faculty advisor, Abigail Saguy. Fall Schedule - Tuesdays, 4:00 pm Location TBD. Please contact Professor Saguy if you are interested in participating.
  • Breaking Bread: The GSWG often invites our speakers to lunch at the Faculty Center or for a more informal meal during a presentation. Occasionally, we host informal gatherings to build community among group members. 

2018 - 2019 Schedule**

Working Group Planning Meeting

Friday, September 28th

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Haines 279

Presentation: Stefan Vogler, UCI Chancellor's Post Doc

Title: Legally Queer - Adjudicating Gender and Sexuality in U.S. LGBQ Asylum Claims

Tuesday, October 9th

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Haines 279

Co-sponsored by Working Group for International Migration

Presentation: David Schieber, UCLA Doctoral Candidate 

Title: If Looks Were Skill - Career Trajectories of Aesthetic Versus Skill-Based Workers

Friday, October 26th

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Haines 279

Presentation: Kimberly Kay Hoang, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

Title: Playing in the Gray - Offshoring and Foreign Investment in Frontier Markets

Friday, January 11th

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Haines 279

Co-sponsored by Race and Ethnicity Working Group

Presentation: Marie E. Berry, Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Title: War, Women, and Power

Friday, January 18th

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Haines 279

Co-sponsored by The Political Sociology Global South Working Group

Student Paper Workshop: 

Diya Bose - "Ethnography of transgender sex workers in India: Politics of Respectability vs. Politics of Queer Responsibility"

Karime Parodi Ambel - "Tackling Bias Against Women Victims of Sexual Assault in the Chilean Judiciary- a Case Study"

Tuesday, February 26

11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Haines 279

Presentation: Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University 

Title: Do Sexual Harassment Programs Make Workplaces More Hospitable to Women?

Tuesday, April 9th

10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Haines 279

Co-sponsored by Movements, Organizations, and Markets Working Group

Presentation: Lorena Fuentes, Lecturer, UCLA International Institute

Title: "Ac/counting for gender injustice: a feminist geographical critique of the measurement imperative in global development - Reflections from Guatemala and Peru"

Wednesday, May 29th

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm, Haines 279

Co-sponsored by Political Sociology and Global South Working Group

Lunch provided with funding from the Dorothy L. Meier Chair, Cecilia Menjivar

** Please check back later as more presentations and activities are added to the schedule