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Sharon Hays

Professor of Sociology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3533
Office: KAP 352


Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Sharon Hays holds a joint appointment in Sociology and Gender Studies. Her current projects include a study of the gendered politics and cultural logic of collegiate sexual etiquette, an update on the impact of welfare reform in the aftermath of the Great Recession, a theoretical analysis of the role of culture in the reproduction of social inequalities, and "The Most Racist State in America," a lay person's guide to the multiple faces of racial inequality and popular misconceptions of the nature of "racism." Hays' last book, Flat Broke With Children, was an ethnographic study of the impact of welfare reform as it played out in welfare offices and in the lives of America's poorest citizens. She is also the author of The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood -- based in interviews with moms, this book explores the cultural tensions between the ideology of "good" mothering and the ethos of a rationalized market society. She has also published on social inequalities, cultural studies, public sociology, feminist theory, sexuality, family history, and issues of identity and cultural recognition. Hays' research has been featured in scores of newscasts, radio programs, newspapers, and magazines.

Research Keywords

gender; culture; theory; social inequality

Research Specialties

cultural sociology; sociology of inequality; gender studies; social theory
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