Benita Roth

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies

Office: LT 313
Office hours as posted or by appointment.
Phone: ext. 7-5000
Email: broth@binghamton.edu
Website: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~broth/

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.

Recent Courses:

  • Foundations of Social Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Gender Studies and Feminist Studies

Recent Publications:

  • 2008. "Changing Audiences: Old Commonalities, New Differences, and the Emergence of White Women's Liberation in the 1960s." Chapter in Identity Work, Sameness, and Difference in Social Movements, edited by Rachel Einwohner, Jo Reger, and Daniel J. Myers. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • 2008. "Moderne Feminismer" [Modern Feminisms]. Interview given for University of Oslo journal Argument 3:14-15.
  • 2008: Co-editor (with Lesley Wood and Paul Almeida) Teaching Social Movements, collection of pedagogical materials published by the American Sociological Association, available August 2008.
  • 2007. "A Dialogical View of the Emergence of Chicana Feminist Discourse." Critical Sociology 33:4. Special issue on cultural approaches to understanding social movements.
  • 2006. "Gender Inequality and Feminist Activism in Institutions: Challenges of Marginalization and Feminist Fading." Book chapter in collection entitled The Politics of Women's Interests: New Comparative Perspectives, edited by Louise Chappell (University of Sydney) and Lisa Hill (University of Adelaide). Routledge Press.
  • 2005. "Why a Feminist Movement? Roads to Feminist Protest in Postwar 1960s and 1970s America." In Letters: The Semiannual Newsletter of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. (Vanderbilt University). Volume 13:2 (Spring): 1-4.
  • 2004. "Thinking About Challenges/limits for Feminist Activism in Extra-feminist Settings." Social Movement Studies 3:2 (October): 147-166.

Last Updated: 11/24/14