Barbara Risman

Professor, Sociology


Barbara Risman — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Changes in society have erased boundaries and standard definitions of gender, marriage, and family.

Sociologist Barbara Risman explores the contemporary meanings of each through her research in gender politics in families, teen sexuality and gender relations, and feminist activism.

She is author of “Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition” and editor of “Families As They Really Are,” a collection of essays on how families function in everyday life.

The recipient of the American Sociological Association’s 2011 award for public understanding of sociology, Risman is executive officer of the Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization that brings new research and clinical findings to public attention.

She blogs about marriage for the Huffington Post.

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