Emily W. Kane

Professor of Sociology



Pettengill Hall, Room 269

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 269



BA, Oberlin College; MA, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Kane-Vita-June 2024

Professor Kane’s research and teaching interests encompass inequalities of race, class, gender and sexuality; poverty policy; gender and family; sociology of childhood; research methods; public opinion; social psychology; community-based research; and community-engaged learning.

Some of her recent publications focus on the impact of race and politics in decentralized poverty governance (2024); feminism and community-based research (2020); paternalism in poverty reduction programs (2019); neoliberalism and beliefs about poverty and social policy (2018); how social service providers balance individualist and structuralist explanations for poverty (2016); and using disciplinary debates to engage students in public sociology (2015).

She is also the author of two books, one on how parents reproduce and resist gendered childhoods (The Gender Trap, published in 2012 by NYU Press) and the other a textbook on gender and sexuality in childhood (Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in Childhood, published in 2013 by Continuum Publishing).