Barbara Risman, PhD

Prof. B. Risman

Affiliated Faculty


PhD, University of Washington, 1983

Office: 4112E BSB (MC 312)
Phone: 312-996-3074
E-mail: brisman [at] uic [dot] edu

*Curriculum Vitae

About Dr. Barbara Risman

Barbara Risman is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago. She was previously Alumni Distinguished Research Professor, as well as the Founding Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at North Carolina State University. Barbara Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition (Yale, 1998), Families As They Really Are (Norton, 2010), 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, and is currently one of the editors of a book series, The Gender Lens, a feminist transformation project for the discipline of sociology. She is also the Executive Director of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention.

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. She was also named as the 2003 Feminist Lecturer by the Sociologists for Women in Society. Professor Risman has a current research project focusing on the development of gender and sexual identities among white and black middle-school children. A second project in collaboration with graduate student Rachel Allison and eight undergraduates is a study of dating and sexuality on college campuses. Professor Risman strongly believes that sociologists have a responsibility to both do good research and teach about it, both inside the classroom and to the public at large.