Stein, Arlene

steinArlene Stein
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1993

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Office: Davison Hall, 045
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Arlene Stein is a Professor of Sociology who studies gender, sexuality, and American culture. The author of four books, she received the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities and theRuth Benedict Book Award. She teaches courses on the sociology of gender and sexuality, culture, self and society, and trauma/memory, among other subjects, and serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.

Her latest book, Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Descendants, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness (Oxford, 2014), looks at how mass traumatic events shape the families of survivors, how they tell stories about these events, and how their stories enter the public sphere. The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Town’s Battle Over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights,  (Beacon, 2001), an ethnography of a Christian conservative campaign in a small lumber community in the Northwest, explores clashing understandings of religion and sexuality in American culture. 
Her 1997 book Sex and Sensibility: Stories of a Lesbian Generation (California), examines generational shifts in lesbian identities and the impact of feminist ideas on sexual self-concepts. Recent work focuses on feminism and transgender politics, same-sex marriage, and Islamophobia.

Her book Going Public: A Guide for Social Scientists (J. Daniels, coauthor), will be published by the University of Chicago Press. She is currently writing a book about transgender men. You can follow her at twitter @SteinArlene.

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