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Nancy Whittier holds a B.A. in women's studies and a Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University. Her areas of interest focus on the sociology of gender, social movements, and women's movements.
Her research examines the contributions of social movements to changes in public policy and culture, the construction of collective identity in social movements, connections between cultural and institutional social change, and transformations in feminism over the past 30 years.
Nancy is the author of The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse: Feminism, Social Movements, and the Therapeutic State (Oxford University Press, 2009), which received the 2010 Charles Tilly Award for Best Book in Collective Behavior and Social Movements; Feminist Generations: The Persistence of the Radical Women's Movement (Temple University Press, 1995), which examines questions of political generations among feminists and lesbian feminists, and the development of the U.S. radical feminist and lesbian feminist movements from the 1960s to the 1990s. She is co-editor of Feminist Frontiers, an anthology in the sociology of gender, and of Social Movements: Identity, Culture, and the State, which focuses on new directions in social movement theory. She has published articles on emotions and protest; political generations in social movements; the impact of social movements on each other and collective identity; and culture in social movements; and has co-edited two special issues of the journal Gender & Society on gender and social movements (Dec. 1998 and Feb. 1999).
Nancy Whittier teaches courses on gender, introductory sociology, and Evaluating Information. She lives with her partner, Kate Weigand, who is an historian, and their children Jonah, Eva, and Isaac.