Grad Students

Rebecca A. DiBennardo

Contact Information

Office  Haines 105

I am a theorist of sexuality, gender, law, and politics, who analyzes how institutional structures interact with sexual identity and behavior. My current research examines how interactions between law, medicine, and media construct and regulate sexual predation, and the implications of this regulation for victims, sex offenders, and broader understandings of sexual violence.

Fields of Study

Sociology of Law, Sexualities, Gender, Cultural Sociology


DiBennardo, Rebecca. “Ideal Victims and Monstrous Offenders: News Media and the Rise of Sexual Predator Discourse.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World: 4 (2018): 1-20.

DiBennardo, Rebecca and Abigail C. Saguy.  “How children of LGBQ parents negotiate courtesy stigma over the life course.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 19, no. 6 (2018): 290-304.

Parcesepe, Angela M., Aira Toivgoo, Mingway Chang, Marion Riedel, Catherine Carlson, Rebecca DiBennardo, and Susan S. Witte. "Physical and sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse and HIV/STI risk behaviour among alcohol-using women engaged in sex work in Mongolia." Global Public Health 10, no. 1 (2015): 88-102.

DiBennardo, Rebecca, and Gary J. Gates. "Research note: US census same-sex couple data: Adjustments to reduce measurement error and empirical implications." Population Research and Policy Review 33, no. 4 (2014): 603-614.

Raven, Maria Catherine, Colleen C. Gillespie, Rebecca DiBennardo, Kristin Van Busum, and Brian Elbel. "Vulnerable patients’ perceptions of health care quality and quality data." Medical Decision Making 32, no. 2 (2012): 311-326.

Grants and Awards

UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2019-2020

Dorothy L. Meier Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2018-2019

UCLA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017-2018

UCLA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016-2017

UCLA Center for the Study of Women Travel Grant, 2016

UCLA Department of Sociology Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2016

UCLA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014-2015

UCLA Department of Sociology Summer Fellowship, 2014

UCLA Center for the Study of Women Travel Grant, 2014

UCLA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013-2014

UCLA Department of Sociology Summer Fellowship, 2013

UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship (with Prof. Kim Crenshaw), 2012-2013            

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (with Prof. Megan Sweeney), 2012

Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Grant-in-Aid, 2011

UCLA Williams Institute Small Grant, 2011

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, 2011

NYU Dean’s Scholarship, 2009-2010

NYU Graduate Assistant Fellowship, 2008-2009

Louise Van Loon Fellowship for Graduate Study, 2008-2009

National Compton Mentor Fellowship, 2005-2006


Abigail Saguy


Ph.D., Sociology, UCLA 2020; C.Phil. Sociology, UCLA 2014; M.A. Sociology, UCLA 2012; M.P.A. Health Policy, New York University 2010; B.A. International Studies (with honors), Vassar College 2005