Faculty Profiles

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

Gender, Intersectionality, Technology Industry, Reproductive Labor, Racism and Anti-racism, Sociology of the Body, Work & Organizations, Visual Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods

France 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 feminist race studies. Twine's research provide case studies that provide a nuanced analysis of the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender inequality on both sides of the Atlantic. Twine has conducted extensive field research on both sides of the Atlantic including: Brazil, Britain, and the United States. The concept of racial literacy is one of Twine's major theoretical contributions. 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. Her recent publications include Geographies of Privilege (2013, with B. Gardener)

Twine is currently writing a series of articles about women of diverse backgrounds employed in the San Francisco Tech industry.  She is currently working on a new project that focuses upon the experiences of Asian workers in Silicon Valley with Meeta Rani Jha. 

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

office
Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg 3419
phone
805-893-4398
office hours
Mondays: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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