Faculty Profiles

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

Gender, Technology Industry, Race/Class/Gender, Racism and Anti-racism, Sociology of the Body, Work & Organizations, Girlhood, Visual Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods

Winddance Twine is a Professor of Sociology, an ethnographer, a feminist race theorist and a documentary filmmaker., whose research focuses on multiple dimensions of inequality.  Twine's research has depth and breadth. Her research interests include girlhood, racism and anti-racism, sociology of the body, assisted reproductive technologies, and occupational discrimination.  Her empirical research is theoretically grounded in European social theory, North American critical race theory and Black feminist studies. Twine provides case studies that provide a nuanced analysis of the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender inequality on both sides of the Atlantic. She has conducted extensive field research on both sides of the Atlantic including: Brazil, Britain, and the United States. One of my theoretical contributions is the concept of racial literacy. In her earlier research on British interracial families, Twine examined how white English and Irish women developed 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 reseaerch was published in a  A White Side of Black Britain: interrracial intimacy and racial literacy (2010).

In 2007, Twine was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the Gender Institute. In 2008-09, Twine was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is the author and editor of 10 books and has more than 72 publicaitions including single authored books, journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, essays and reviews.

Twine is currently completing a co-authored book Geek Girls: Race, Class and Sexuality in the Technology Industry, an analysis of the ways that women of diverse racial, ethnic and class backgrounds, negotiate working in the Silicon Valley technology industry.  This book is 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
Thursdays: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


NO WAITING LIST. Registration by GOLD only. Any student who fails to attend class during all sessions during the first two weeks, will be dropped. Course closes for adds on Gold at the end of the first week of class.