cultural sociology


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

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