“The Created Biology of Gender Stratification: From Hunter-Gatherers to Low Educated Male Workers”
Dr. Rae Lesser Blumberg, University of Virginia
Friday, March 31, 12:00PM
Rae Lesser Blumberg, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, has lived a double life in academia and development, working in 47 countries in virtually all sectors of development since Peace Corps in Venezuela. She’s worked with UNESCO, UNDP, UN-ESCAP and other UN agencies; USAID; World Bank, African Development Bank and Inter-American Development Bank; various International NGOs, and individual governments. She was President of the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014-15. Much of her academic work involves her general theory of gender stratification and still-evolving theory of gender and development. Both posit women’s vs. men’s relative economic power (defined as control of income/other assets) as the key – but not sole – factor affecting gender equality and many other development-related outcomes. Her B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. are from Northwestern University and she has ~100 publications. Her newest book is Development in Crisis (Rae Lesser Blumberg and Samuel Cohn, eds., Routledge, 2016).
“Human Rights in American Sociology: A Case of U.S. Exceptionalism”
Dr. Elizabeth Heger Boyle, University of Minnesota
Saturday, April 1, 12:00PM
Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, studies the role of international laws and policies in children’s survival and development around the world. She has written extensively on the impetus for and impact of laws related to female genital cutting, including the book Female Genital Cutting: Cultural Conflict in the Global Community. She has also considered the impact of laws on adolescent childbearing, vaccinations, under-5 mortality, and educational enrollments. A related stream of research considers global trends toward recognizing women’s rights, including the framing of international trafficking laws. Current research focuses on abortion policies globally and their effects; this includes a 2015 article in the American Journal of Sociology. Professor Boyle is the Principal Investigator on “IPUMS-DHS,” a National Institute for Child Health and Development grant that integrates Demographic and Health Surveys over time and across countries to make the data more accessible and user friendly for researchers.
“Pragmatic Interactionism: Organizing Attention to the Power of and Possibilities for Interactionism in the 21st Century”
Couch-Stone’s Peter Hall Lecture
Patrick J.W. McGinty, Western Illinois University
Saturday, April 1, 4:30PM
Patrick J.W. McGinty, Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Illinois University, studies organizational processes, culture and change. Having previously worked jointly with Peter M. Hall on organizational and policy processes, McGinty’s primary interest is in demonstrating the vitality of the conceptual and theoretical lenses of pragmatism and interactionism for analyzing the organizing of social life and society. The author/co-author of numerous articles and chapters, McGinty’s most recent publications have explored the implications and impacts of a lack of organizational analysis by interactionist scholars. His current research – again in collaboration with Peter M. Hall – seeks to reinvigorate sociological interest in the Iowa and Chicago school studies of Carl Couch, Anselm Strauss and Howard Becker and to integrate that body of work with contemporary re-examinations of the work of G. H. Mead and the pragmatist roots of interactionist sociology. A Co-Recipient of the 2014 David R. Maines Narrative Research Award from the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research, McGinty currently serves on the Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) and is a past Vice-President of the SSSI.