Gender & Sexuality

Gender & Sexuality Working Group

The UCLA 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.
  • Speaker Series: 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.
  • Gatherings: 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.

2019-2020 GSWG Coordinators: Amelia M. J. Hill, Charlotte Abel, Abigail C. Saguy, Cecilia Menjívar

2019-2020 Speakers & Events

New events may be added periodically. For the most up-to-date information, please contact Amelia Hill ( to join our email list

Spring 2020

Jennifer Reich
Professor of Sociology, University of Colorado Denver
Friday, May 1st, 1:00-2:30pm
Haines 279
Co-Sponsored by Health Working Group
Canceled due to COVID-19

Rene Almeling
Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale
“Biological Stories and Gendered Beliefs”
Thursday, May 5th, 5:00-6:30pm PDT
Zoom (link available on the SOC 237 Box site)
Co-Sponsored by Health Working Group and the Comparative Social Analysis Seminar (SOC 237)

Past Speakers & Events (2019-2020)

Fall 2019

Fall Planning Meeting
Thursday, October 3rd, 2:30-3:30pm
Haines 279
All are welcome! Snacks will be provided.

Héctor Carillo
Professor of Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern University
“Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men”
Friday, October 18th, 12:00-1:30pm
Bunche 10383
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of International Migration

Rebecca A. DiBennardo
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology
“Ideal Victims and Monstrous Offenders: How News Media Represent Sexual Predators”
Friday, October 25th, 2:00-3:30pm
Haines 215

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA
“What it Takes to Control Societal Bias in the Natural Language Processing” 
Thursday, November 21st, 3:00-4:30pm
Haines 279
Co-sponsored by the Computational Sociology Working Group

Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
“Domesticating Human Rights: The Reproductive Justice Movement and the Last Utopia”
Monday, November 25th, 11:30-1:00pm
Haines 279
Co-sponsored by Race & Ethnicity Working Group and the Movements, Organizations, and Markets Working Group

Winter 2020

Lillian Taylor Jungleib
UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Irvine
“Arresting ‘Victims’: Gendered responsibilization strategies in the carceral management of sex work and sex trafficking”
Thursday, January 16th, 1:30-3:00pm
Haines 279

Melissa J. Wilde
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
“Birth Control Battles: How Race and Class Divided American Religion”
Thursday, February 20th, 12:00-1:30pm
Haines 279
Co-Sponsored by Family Working Group, Movements Organizations & Markets Working Group, and the Center for the Study of Religion

Efrén Pérez
Professor of Political Science and Psychology, UCLA
“Words That Matter: How Language Shapes Public Attitudes Toward Gender and LGBT Equality”
Thursday, February 27th, 1:30-3:00pm
Haines 279
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture

Cecilia Menjívar, Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Leydy Diossa-Jimenez, PhD Candidate in Sociology, UCLA
Date & Time TBA
Location TBA