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Jennifer L Pierce

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American Studies 204 Scott Hall 3231 72 Pleasant St. S.E.

Specialties

  • feminist theory
  • gender
  • affirmative action
  • ethnography
  • workplace and labor studies
  • race relations
  • social theory
  • sociology of emotions
  • research using personal narratives

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, none.
  • B.A.: Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, none.

Publications

  • Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action. Pierce, Jennifer, Author, 2012. Link
  • Queer Twin Cities. Pierce, Jennifer, Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project, Co-Author, 2010.
  • Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History. Pierce, Jennifer, M.J. Maynes and third author Barbara Laslett, Cornell University Press, Co-Author, 2008.
  • Feminist Waves, Feminist Generations: Life Stories from the Academy. Pierce, Jennifer, Hokulani Aikau and Karla Erickson, University of Minnesota Press, Co-Author, 2007.
  • Is Academic Feminism Dead? Theory in Practice. Pierce, Jennifer, Rose Brewer, Mary Lou Fellows, Shirley Garner, Amy Kaminsky, and Naomi Schemen, New York University Press, 2000.
  • Gender Trials: Emotional Lives in Contemporary Law Firms. Pierce, Jennifer, University of Californial Press, 1995.
  • Karla Erickson (2005). “Farewell to the Organization Man: The Feminization of Loyalty in High-End and Low-End Service Work.“. Ethnography, 6,3, 283-313.

Research Activities

  • book project: Working in the Ivory Basement: Clerical Workers, the Women's Movement, and the New Economy

Professional Activities

  • Member: American Sociological Association Distinguished Book Award Committee , 2011 - present
  • Editorial Board Member: Contemporary Sociology, American Sociological Association , 2009 - present
  • Chair, Sex and Gender Section: American Sociological Association , 2006 - 2007
  • Director: Undergraduate Studies, Department of American Studies , 2006 - 2009
  • Chair: Lora Romero Book Award Committee, American Studies Association , 2005 - 2006
  • Faculty Chair, Committee on the Press for the University of Minnesota Press: 2003 - 2006
  • Chair, Max Weber Distinguished Book Award Committee: American Sociological Association, Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section , 2004
  • Director, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota: 2002 - 2004
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota: 2000 - 2002
  • Member, Distinguished Lectureship Selection Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society: 2002 - 2004
  • Member, Distinguished Book Award Selection Committee, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section: 2002
  • Chair, Distinguished Article Award Selection Committee, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section: 2001

Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate, Professional and Post-Baccalaureate Education, 2012
  • Sabbatical Supplement, College of LIberal Arts, "Working in the Ivory Basement: Clerical Workers, the Women's Movement, and the New Economy, 2012 - 2013
  • Rockefeller Bellagio Center Residential Fellowship, Bellagio, Italy, , April 2006 - May 2006
  • Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, University of Minnesota. “Feminist Generations,“, January 2004 - May 2004
  • Law School Admissions Council Grant, “Racial Climates in Law Schools“ with Wendy Leo Moore., May 2003 - June 2004
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1998 - 1999
  • Faculty Mentor Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, 1995
  • American Sociological Association Disseration Award, Sex and Gender Section, 1991

Courses Taught

  • AmSt 3114 - America in International Perspective
  • AmSt 8401 - Practicum in American Studies
  • AmSt 8202 - Theoretical Foundations in American Studies
  • AmSt 4301 - Workers and Consumers in the Global Economy
  • AmSt 8298 - Workers in the Global Economy
  • AmSt 8299 - Ethnography
  • AmSt 1902 - In Pursuit of Fairness: The History of Affirmative Action in 20th Century America
  • AMST 8920 - Personal Narratives in Interdisciplinary Research
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