Helana Darwin is an award-winning Sociology doctoral candidate at SUNY Stony Brook, who is on the job market. She holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Women and Gender Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Stony Brook, and an advanced graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Stony Brook. Helana researches “gender-policing” in a range of cultural arenas. She is also a Body Positive activist and blogger for the Huffington Post.headshot



Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion. Gender & Society .

Omnivorous Masculinity. Social Currents

Doing Gender Beyond the Binary: a virtual ethnography. Symbolic Interaction

The Pariah Femininity Hierarchy: comparing white women’s body hair and fat stigmas in the United States, Gender, Place, & Culture: a journal of feminist geography

Jewish Women’s Kippot: Meanings and Motives, Contemporary Jewry


In the News

“Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion,” Gender & Society

“On Reclaiming Body Hair,” American Sociological Association, Body and Embodiment

“Beyond Real Women and Real Men,” Huffington Post

“To Shave or Not to Shave”: If Only Women Had a Free Choice,” Huffington Post

“News, Nuggets & Longreads,” Boak & Bailey

“What we Talk about when we Talk about ‘Bitch Beer,” PUNCH

“Bros and Beer Snobs,” Sociological Images

“Not my President! Protesters Take to Trump Tower,” The Villager

“Should Academics Talk to Katie Couric?” Chronicle of Higher Education

“The Bro Whisperer,” The Atlantic