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Benita Roth

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies

Office: LT 313
Office hours as posted or by appointment.
Phone: ext. 7-5000

Associate Editor: Journal of Women's History (2010-2015)


Professor Roth studies the interaction of gender, race/ethnicity and class in postwar social protest, particularly feminism. She is interested in questions of collective identity, political decision-making given inequality among movement participants, and in understanding constraints on collective action. Her book, Separate Roads to Feminism: Black, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America's Second Wave, published by Cambridge University Press, is in its third printing and won the 2006 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. She has also published on gender dynamics within the militant anti-AIDS movement, on racial/ethnic and class inequalities among working women, specifically domestic workers in the United States. In her work, Professor Roth explores constraints on institutionalized and extra-institutionalized feminist protest in non-feminist, mixed gender spaces, and looks further at the development of feminisms among U.S. based women of color. During the academic year 2006-2007, she was awarded a 2007 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Also, she is an Associate Editor (2010-2015) for the Journal of Women's History.


Professor Roth's ongoing projects continue her concerns with different sites of protest and agency both historically and currently. One project involves an historical look at the impact that images of nationalist/liberationist Third World women had for U.S. based feminists in different racial/ethnic communities as they fashioned feminist politics; a second is interview-based, and looks at the transition of anti-AIDS activists from militant street protest to institutional roles.

Professor Roth currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on qualitative methods, social protest, political sociology, gender and work, social inequalities in everyday life, the sociology of reproduction, gender studies, and social theory.

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Last Updated: 4/12/13