Department of Sociology
- (Gloria A.) Gay Young has a longstanding focus on gender and development (GAD) which has led her to study a range of issues, including the nature and consequences of women’s labor force participation in neo-colonial societies – in Mexico, in particular – as well as strategies for measuring gender inequality at the macro-social level. A grant from the National Science Foundation supported her field work in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico which is the basis for her book (with Routledge) entitled Neoliberal Globalization and Women’s Empowerment: The Limits of Feminized Work in Ciudad Juarez. Another grant from NSF was key to her collaboration with several international as well as US-based colleagues on advancing the critical use of international statistics and data on women and gender for the purpose of measuring and accounting for gender inequality in transnational context. A more recent focus is gender, war and peace with particular emphasis on the Middle East. From Spring 2002 through Spring 2003, she was Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Women’s Studies, Bir Zeit University in the occupied Palestinian territory, where she began analysis of GAD under conditions of conflict. In AY 2004-2005 she received a Fulbright Research Grant, hosted by Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and carried out field research on the gendered discourses and actions of Israeli peace groups, which she conceptualizes as challenging militarized masculinism in Israeli society. She continues research collaboration with former doctoral students – now colleagues at various institutions – including a work on producing the Hooter’s Girl as a cultural object of sexual fantasy with Michelle Newton-Francis under revision for resubmission to Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts and an ongoing analysis of structural constraints and supports for consistent condom use among female sex workers in India (with Mona Danner and Lucia Fort) using data from Project Parivartan, for which Kim Blankenship is Principle Investigator. She has served on the editorial board of Gender and Society and served two terms (2006-08, 2009-12) as Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at AU. In the latter role she worked to establish an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in WGSS and a new undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. That work, in turn, informed her role as discussant for an ASA session (August 2013) on the body and embodiment where she linked papers on menstrual suppression, teen pregnancy, abortion, and divorce through their contributions to resistance to heteronormative sex /gender/sexuality.
DegreesPhD, University of Texas at Austin