Sarah Fenstermaker

color photograph of Sarah Fenstermaker
Job Title: 
Director, IRWG and Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology
Office Address Line 1: 
1136 Lane Hall
Email Address:
Phone Number: 

Professor Fenstermaker's research on women and work, domestic labor, family violence, and the workings of gender, race, and class has resulted in a long list of publications, most notably The Gender Factory: The Apportionment of Work in American Households (Plenum Press, 1985). Her publications also include an edited volume (with A. Goetting), Individual Voices, Collective Visions: Fifty Years of Women in Sociology (Temple University Press, 1995), and Doing Gender, Doing Difference: Inequality, Power, and Institutional Change (with C. West), (Routledge, 2002). Her most recent publication is Sociologists Backstage: Answers to 10 Questions about What They Do (with N. Jones) (Routledge, 2011). Professor Fenstermaker joined the university from UC Santa Barbara, where she was the first woman tenured in the Department of Sociology, and served as the founding chair of the UCSB Women's Studies program (now Feminist Studies). She served as the director of UCSB's Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research. She also served as the associate dean of the UCSB Graduate Division and as divisional vice chair of the UCSB Academic Senate. She graduated from Goucher College and received her doctorate from Northwestern University.


Color photography of Anna Kirkland
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science (by courtesy); Associate Director, IRWG