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Helana Darwin

Helana Darwin

Specialty Areas 

  • Gender
  • Sexulity
  • Religion
  • Body and Embodiment
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Culture
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Virtual Ethnography
  • Queer Sociology

Advisors 

Ph.D.

  • Expected May 2019

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Helana Darwin is an award-winning sociologist of gender, whose research focuses on the regulatory impact of the gender binary system. Helana has turned to a wide range of subcultures, both online and offline, in order to theorize gender inequality. Helana’s research on the privileged position of omnivorousness within craft beer culture recently won the Graduate Student Paper Award through the Consumer and Consumption Section of the American Sociological Association. Her insightful research on gender in craft beer culture has attracted a considerable amount of attention from academics and non-academics alike, inspiring an edited volume dedicated to the subject matter, along with interview invitations from a variety of popular press outlets. Helana has also catalyzed a paradigm shift in the sociology of gender and religion, through her article “Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion,” published by Gender & Society. This research theorizes egalitarian social change within patriarchal religious traditions, by centering the experiences of gender-transgressive religious practitioners. Helana’s current research analyzes the social experiences of non-binary people (those who identify as neither man nor woman), identifying obstacles that they encounter in their daily lives, along with strategies they have devised in order to achieve social recognition. Based on a virtual ethnography of a social media site and a follow up series of in-depth interviews with 47 non-binary people from across the globe, this research illuminates the limitations and harmful effects of the gender binary system. Helana earned the prestigious Joyce Turner Dissertation Fellowship Award from Stony Brook University for this research and she is currently in pursuit of a book contract.

 

Publications:

Darwin, H. 2018. “Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion.” Gender & Society 32(3): 348-370.

Darwin, H. 2018. “Omnivorous Masculinity: gender capital and cultural legitimacy in craft beer culture.” Social Currents 5(3): 301-316.

Darwin, H. 2017. “Doing Gender Beyond the Binary: a virtual ethnography.” Symbolic Interaction 40(3): 317-334.

Darwin, H. 2017. "The Pariah Femininity Hierarchy: comparing white women’s body hair and fat stigmas in the United States." Gender, Place & Culture 24(1): 135-146.

Darwin, H. 2017. “You are What You Drink: the masculinization of cultural legitimacy in the New York craft beer scene.” In Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer, edited by Nate Chapman and J. Slade Ledlock.

Darwin, H. 2016. “Jewish Women’s Kippot: meanings and motives.” Contemporary Jewry 37(1): 81-97.

Forthcoming:

Darwin, H. “The Politics of Gendered Visibility: hijabs, kippot, and dastars.” Social Compass

Under Review and Submitted Works:

Darwin, H. “Redoing Gender: how non-binary people navigate the gender binary system” (Book Proposal)

Darwin, H. “The Body Positive Movement: feminist progress?”

Darwin, H. “The Religious Gender Binary”

Darwin, H. “Redoing Sexuality”

Darwin, H. “Negotiating Transgender”


Heidi Rademacher

Heidi Rademacher

Specialty Areas

  • Transnational Women's Movements
  • International Development
  • Political Sociology
  • Human Rights
  • Gender
  • Sexualities
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Mixed Methods

Advisors  

Ph.D.

  • Expected May 2018

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 I am a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department at Stony Brook University, specializing in development, globalization, and women’s transnational movements. I expect to defend my dissertation in May 2018. My areas of interest include global and transnational sociology, development, and women’s movements. Broadly speaking my research examines the relationship between global women’s movements, international conventions, and national policy. In my dissertation “Women’s Organizing, Activism, International Conventions, and National Policy: The Recursivity of Contemporary Global Women’s Rights Campaigns,” I argue a broad transnational women’s movement simultaneously influenced and was influenced by an influx in national and international gender policy throughout the 1980s and 1990s. With support from Stony Brook University’s prestigious Madeline Fusco Fellowship Award, I use a combination of advanced statistical methods to investigate what combination of factors led to the ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the establishment of national bureaucracies for gender-mainstreaming, and the proliferation of women’s international non-governmental organizations (WINGOs) during the early years of this transnational women’s movement.

Publications:

Shandra, John M., Heidi Rademacher, and Carolyn Coburn. 2016. “The World Bank and Organized Hypocrisy? A Cross-National Analysis of Structural Adjustment and Forest Loss.” Environmental Sociology 2(2): 1-16.

Rademacher, Heidi E. 2015. “Men of Iron Will: Idealized Gender in Christian Heavy Metal.” Social Compass 62(4): 632-648.

Fallon, Kathleen and Heidi E. Rademacher. Forthcoming. “Movements for Women’s Empowerment” in Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment, eds. A. Alexander, C. Bolzendahl, and F. Jalalzai. Palgrave MacMillan, New York, NY.

Rademacher, Heidi E. and Kathleen M. Fallon. 2017. “The Growing Global Focus Among US Feminists and Historical Roots of a Global Feminist Perspective.” Pp. 172-190 in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, eds. H. McCammon, L. Banaszak, V. Taylor and J. Reger. Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

Kimmel, Michael and the Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group (eds.). 2014. Sexualities. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, New York, NY.  (The Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group, of which I am a part, and Michael Kimmel are equal co-editors in this project.)

In Progress

Rademacher, Heidi  E . “The Transnational Women’s Movement, Political Opportunity, and Development: An Event History Analysis of the Ratification of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1981-1999.”  Under review.

Rademacher, Heidi  E . “Democratic Transitions and Women’s International Nongovernmental Organizing: An Event History Analysis of Gender-Mainstreaming in Developing Nations, 1971-1999.”  Under review.

Rademacher, Heidi  E . Recursive Theories of Interaction: Transnational Flows in the Development of a Global Feminist Perspective. ”  In progress.

Rademacher, Heidi E. “The Road to Ratification: A Comparative Analysis of the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”  In progress.

Rademacher, Heidi E. “Transnational Feminism and Women’ s Movements in the United State: The Rise of CEDAW Cities .”  In progress.


Suzan Walters

Suzan Walters

Specialty Areas

  • Medical Sociology
  • Deviance
  • Social Networks
  • Gender
  • Sexualities

Advisors 

Ph.D.

  • Expected May 2018

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 Suzan Walters' dissertation, entitled “Networks of Knowledge: Inequalities in Awareness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention Among Populations At-Risk for HIV,” is the first to reveal inequalities in awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) between groups at-risk for HIV and to provide insight into efficient means for increasing awareness of PrEP for HIV prevention. The dissertation highlights Suzan’s focus on intersectionality, inequalities, and substance use. Suzan is particularly interested in how intersecting identities interact with larger structural forces, creating multiple barriers to health care. Suzan has strong interests in qualitative and quantitative methodologies and uses both to inform each other. Thus, her project is multi-method and analyzes five years of data from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) system, three years of ethnographic field work, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups. Suzan’s research has been recognized by Stony Brook University, the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems through awards and fellowships.

Publications:

Walters, Suzan M, Alexis V Rivera, Lila Starbuck, Kathleen H Reilly, Nyasha Boldon, Bridget J  Anderson, and Sarah Braunstein. 2017. "Differences in Awareness of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and Post-exposure Prophylaxis Among Groups At-Risk for HIV in New York State: New York City and Long Island, NY, 2011–2013." Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) 75:S383-S91.

Walters, Suzan M, Kathleen H Reilly, Alan Neaigus, and Sarah Braunstein. 2017. "Awareness of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among women who inject drugs in NYC: the importance of networks and  syringe exchange programs for HIV prevention." Harm Reduction Journal 14(1):40.

Under Review and Revise and Resubmits

Baird, Karen and Suzan M. Walters. “Women, HIV Prevention, and Behavioral versus Holistic  Approaches: The United States and South Africa.” (Revised and resubmitted to Women’s Health in Global Perspective)

Walters, Suzan, Alexis Rivera, Kathleen Reilly, Bridget J. Anderson, Barbara Bolden, Afework  Wogayehu, and Sarah Braunstein. “Exchange Sex among Persons Who Inject Drugs in the New York Metro Area: The Importance of Gender and Sexual Identity for HIV Prevention." (Under revisions for AIDS and Behavior).

Walters, Suzan. “Caregiving, HIV, and Neoliberalism: Accounts of Resisting Individualism, Privatization, and Cuts in Social Spending in the United States.” (Under review in International Journal of Care and Caregiving).

Book Chapters

Walters, Suzan and Michael Kimmel. 2016. “Pulp Friction: How College Women Navigate Identity, Sexuality and Gender Conformity in Recent Mega-Hit Book Series.” Pp. 131-143 in Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by K. Haltinner and R. Pilgeram (Switzerland: Springer International Publishing).

Walters, Suzan and Michael Kimmel. 2013. “The Pleasures of Danger and the Dangers of Pleasure: The Inversion of Gender Relations in the Twilight Series.” Pp. 77-92 in Mediated Youth. Vol. 23 of Girls' Sexualities and the Media Anthology, edited by K. Harper, Y, Katsulis, V. Lopez, and G.S. Gillis. (New York, Peter Lang Publishing).

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