Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Topics of Expertise:
Feminism & Families / Gender & Sexuality / Marriage & Divorce / Singles & Dating / Transition – Adolescents to Adulthood / Work & Family
Barbara J. Risman is a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She recently finished a Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, UK. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor at North Carolina State University. Professor Risman is the author of two new books in 2018, Where The Millennials Will Take Us: A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure (Oxford University Press, 2018) and a Handbook on the Sociology of Gender co-edited with Carissa Froyum and William Scarborough (Springer, 2018). Previous books include Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition (Yale, 1998), and Families As They Really Are (co-edited with Virginia Rutter, Norton, 2010, 2015), and over two dozen journal articles in venues including American Sociological Review, Gender & Society, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She has been editor of the journal, Contemporary Sociology. She has served as Co-Chair , Executive Officer and is now President of the Board of Directors of CCF. In 2005, Dr. Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. In 2011, Dr. Risman was honored with the American Sociological Association’s Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.