Dr. Rae Lesser Blumberg William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology University of Virginia, Department of Sociology to speak at National University

Dr. Rae Lesser Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.
She carried out development-related work in 44 countries worldwide, in virtually every sector of development (e.g., research on microfinance in 16 countries; on conflict/post-conflict in 12 countries). She links research on a wide array of development topics to her two gender theories, one a general theory of gender stratification and the other a gender and development theory. Her key areas of research are gender theory, gender and stratification, and women’s empowerment. Her publications include Stratification: Socioeconomic and Sexual Inequality (Wm. C. Brown, 1978); “A General Theory of Gender Stratification” (Sociological Theory 1984); and Gender, Family, and Economy: The Triple Overlap (Sage 1991). “Making the Case for the Gender Variable: Women and the Wealth and Well-being of Nations” (U.S.A.I.D. 1989), EnGENDERing Wealth and Well-being: Empowerment for Global Change, edited by Blumberg, Cathy Rakowski, Irene Tinker and Michael Monteon, (Westview, 1995), Complex Ethnic Households in America, edited by Blumberg, Laurel Schwede and Anna Y. Chan (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), and two forthcoming books, The Queen Midas Chronicles, by Blumberg (Paradigm), and Development in Crisis, edited by Blumberg and Sam Cohn (Routledge). She is the author of over 100 publications.

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