Faculty Profiles

France Winddance Twine
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests

Ethnography, Technology Industry, Race/Class/Gender, Racism and Atni-racism,Sociology of the Body, Work & Organizations, Girlhood, Visual Sociology,

I am a Professor of Sociology, an ethnographer, a feminist race theorist and a documentary filmmaker. I have broad interests that include the body, family formation, assisted reproductive technologies, and girlhood. My ethnographic research is theoretically grounded in European social theory, North American critical race theory and feminist studies. I provide careful case studies that provide a nuanced analysis of the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender inequality on both sides of the Atlantic. I have conducted extensive field research on both sides of the Atlantic including: Brazil, Britain, Ecuador and the United States. One of my theoretical contributions is the concept of racial literacy. In my earlier research on British interracial families, I examined how white English and Irish women developed (or didn't) racial literacy as they negotiated and conceptualized racism (and anti-racism) as members of interracial families and as the parents of children fathered by Black men. This was published in a book titled A White Side of Black Britain: interrracial intimacy and racial literacy (2010).

In 2007, I was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the Gender Institute. In 2008-09, I was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. I am the author and editor of 10 books and have more than 70 publicaitions including journal articles, book chapters, essays and reviews.

My current research and book project examines the ways that women of diverse racial, ehtnic and class backgrounds, negotiate working in a male dominated industry.  My forthcoming book (co-authored with Lauren Alfrey) titled Geek Girls: Race, Class and Sexuality in the Technology Industry, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2019. 




Link to a blog about an article published with former graduate student, Lauren Alfrey:


Teaching Areas

Race, Class & Gender (255R)

Sociology of the Body (118B)

Sociology of Girls and Girlhood (155T)

Theories of Gender Inequality (185G)

Field Research Methods  (211A/B)

Course Listing

Contact Information

Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3419
office hours
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon


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