Dr. Helana Darwin is an award-winning scholar of social inequality. Her research has spanned subject areas including craft beer culture, religious culture, the Body Positive Movement, and the gender binary system. She has utilized a range of digital methods including virtual ethnography, blog discourse analysis, and online comment sentiment analysis, in addition to traditional methods such as in-depth interviews and survey research.

Her forthcoming book Redoing Gender: How Nonbinary Gender Contributes to Social Change illuminates the everyday labor that gender nonbinary people perform in order to achieve social recognition. In keeping with the famous “doing gender” sociological model, Dr. Darwin analyzes these process at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional levels, through in-depth interviews with 47 nonbinary people. Redoing Gender is available for pre-order for just $25 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Dr. Darwin  also recently completed her second book, intended for a general reading audience, called #MeTooPhD: A Trauma Memoir. She is currently searching for a literary agent and a press for this book, which highlights the intricate layers of interpersonal and institutional abuse that push victims of professor-student sexual abuse out of the academy. A summary of the main points has been published at the PhD Voice blog, in an article entitled “The Hidden Curriculum: Insights from a #MeTooPhD Survivor.” Dr. Darwin’s story and insights are also featured in a podcast series through The Ivory Tower Boiler Room, which you can access here

Dr. Darwin is available for branding and marketing consultation, guest lecturing, and interviews upon request. Please direct inquiries to helana.darwin@gmail.com




*Full text available upon request, ProQuest link forthcoming


2020. Darwin, Helana and Amara Miller. Factions Frames and Postfeminism(s) in the Body Positive Movement. Feminist Media Studies.

2020. Darwin, Helana. Challenging the Cisgender/Transgender Binary: Nonbinary People and the Transgender Label. Gender & Society.

2020. Darwin, Helana. Navigating the Religious Gender Binary. Sociology of Religion.

2018. Darwin, Helana. Redoing Gender, Redoing Religion. Gender & Society .

2018. Darwin, Helana. Omnivorous Masculinity: Gender capital and cultural legitimacy in craft beer culture. Social Currents

2017. Darwin, Helana. Doing Gender Beyond the Binary: a virtual ethnography. Symbolic Interaction

2017. Darwin, Helana. 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

2016. Darwin, Helana. Jewish Women’s Kippot: Meanings and Motives, Contemporary Jewry

Book Chapters

Darwin, Helana. “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 (2017), edited by Nate Chapman and J. Slade Ledlock.

Book Reviews

2017. Darwin, Helana. “Hairy_History,” NORMA International Journal of Masculinity Studies: 175-176.

2016. Darwin, Helana. Book Review: Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism by Amber Jamilla Musser. Gender & Society: 703-705

2015. Darwin, Helana. “In Pursuit of Hairlessness,” Women: A Cultural Review (2015): 361-363.


Helana in the News

“Cheers to Girly Beer: Bro-Based Beer Culture Explained.” Quench Magazine

“Meet Athletic, The Brewery Finally Making Non-Alcoholic Beer Cool,” Thrillist

“A Chance to Exhale–The Sanctity of Women’s Bottle Shares,” Good Beer Hunting

“On Instagram, Seeing Between the (Gender) Lines,” New York Times Magazine

“Even What We Order at the Bar is Gendered,” Playboy Magazine

“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

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

“The Bro Whisperer,” The Atlantic