Associate Professor
Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Office: Social Sciences 320
Phone: 773-702-7753


Kristen Schilt's research interests center on sociology of gender and sexualities, the sociology of culture, and the sociology of work and occupations. A central focus of her work is finding new ways to make visible the taken-for-granted cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality that serve to naturalize and reproduce social inequality. She is currently working on a historical sociology book project titled “Conceptualizing People: Exemplary Cases and the Disciplines of Gender.” The book is part of a larger collaboration with multi-media artist, Chase Joynt, and will be accompanied by an experimental film project. 

Selected Publications

"Doing Gender, Determining Gender." Co-authored with Laurel Westbrook. Forthcoming from Gender & Society in April 2014 (Available on-line currently)

"Negotiating Sexuality Through Gender: The Sexual Habitus of Transgender Men." First Author, with Elroi Windsor. Forthcoming The Journal of Homosexualities in January 2014.

"Strong Riot Women:" The Continuity of Feminist Subcultural Participation." First author, with Danielle Giffort. Ageing and Youth Cultures. Ed. Andy Bennett and Paul Hodgkinson. Oxford: Berg, 2012

Schilt, Kristen. 2010. Just One of the Guys? Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

"Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality.” With Laurel Westbrook. Gender & Society23(4): 440-464.

"Teaching Transgender Issues." Tre Wentley, Kristen Schilt, Elroi Windsor, and Elizabeth Lucal. Teaching Sociology. 36 (1) 2008: 49-57.

"Access Denied." With Christine Williams. Men and Masculinities. 11 (2) 2008: 219-226.

"The Unfinished Business of Sexuality: Comment on Andersen." Gender & Society 22 (1) 2008: 109-114.

"Do Gender Transitions Make Gender Trouble?" With Catherine Connell. Gender, Work, & Organization. November 14 (6) 2007, 596 - 618.

"Just One of the Guys?: How Transmen Make Gender Visible in the Workplace."Gender & Society. 20 (4) 2006, 465-490.

"Is She Man Enough? Female Masculinity on The L Word." In Reading the L Word: Outing Contemporary Television. Ed. Kim Akass and Janet McCabe. New York: Palgrove, 2006: 153-179. (Co-authored with Candace Moore).

"Riot Grrrl Is: Contestations over Meaning in a Music Scene." In Music ScenesLocal, Translocal and Virtual. Ed. Andy Bennett and Richard Peterson. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt Press. 2004. p. 115-130.

"‘I'll Resist with Every Inch and Every Breath': Girls and Zine-Making as a Form of Resistance." Youth and Society. 35 (1) 2003, 71-97.