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Professor of Sociology

Linda Blum is a qualitative, ethnographic sociologist who studies persistence, change, and contradictions in contemporary gender relations. Her interests include: Gender, Medicine, and the Body; Work, Family, and Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class Inequality; Sociological Theory; Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods; Feminist Theory and Methods. She began her sociological career researching and writing on women’s grassroots movements for comparable pay, but has since developed another focus on ideologies of motherhood in the United States, how we judge fit and unfit, respectable and disreputable, and measure mothers against each other in ways that reinforce class and race inequality. She is the author of Between Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement (1991, University of California Press); At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States (1999, Beacon); and Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality (2015, NYU Press).

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  • 2016 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award, Disability and Society Section, American Sociological Association, for Raising Generation Rx.
  • 2013 Honorable Mention, Distinguished Article Award, Sex and Gender Section, American Sociological Association for “‘Not Some Big, Huge, Racial-Type Thing, But . . .’”
  • 2012 Visiting Scholar, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, October.
  • 2007-08 Chair (elected), Sex and Gender Section, American Sociological Association.

 Public Sociology

  • 2016 Interview, Diana Tourjee, “’Chop the Things Off’: The Plight of Boys Who Grow Breasts.” Vice Magazine, January 13.
  • 2015 Interview, TalkPoverty Radio, Episode 2, All Eyes on Baltimore. Center for American Progress, May.
  • 2015 Blog post, TalkPoverty.org, “Following Mothers’ Day, Stop Blaming Mothers.” May.
  • 2015 Featured Segment, Think, KERA Radio (NPR Dallas), “Raising Children with Invisible Disabilities.” March 25.
  • 2014 Interview, Mallory Black, “More Places to Breastfeed Brings Back Cultural Traditions.” Osage News (Osage Nation, Pawhuska OK), November; and Native Health News Alliance website, August.
  • 2014 Interview, Kristen V. Brown, “Instagram’s ‘Mommy Wars’: the Right to Bare Chest.” San Francisco Chronicle, July
  • 2012 Interview, Sarah Springer, “Can There Be an All-American Beauty?” CNN.com April.
  • 2012 Cited in Elizabeth Badinter, “The Tyranny of Breast-feeding.” Harper’s Magazine, March.
  • 2012 Interview, Amelia Pak-Harvey, “Universities Across Nation Discuss Plans Against Sexual Assault.” Daily Free Press, Boston University, March.
  • 2012 Interview and Cited in Suzanne Barston, Bottled Up, University of California Press.
  • 2012 Interview, Claire Gordon, Huffington Post, revival of wet-nursing as an occupation, January.
  • 2010 Featured Segment, Kate Raphael, KPFA Radio Women’s Magazine, Women office workers two decades after Between Feminism and Labor, April 12.

BOOKS:

  • 2015 Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality. NY: New York University Press.
    • Reviews: American Journal of Sociology, Booklist, Contemporary Sociology, Disability & Society, Gender & Society, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, Metapsychology Online Reviews, Sociology of Health & Illness
  • At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.
  • Between Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

REFEREED ARTICLES: (** = with graduate students)

  • 2015 “’Suits to Self-Sufficiency’: Dress for Success and Neoliberal Maternalism.” Emily R. Cummins and Linda M. Blum. Gender & Society 29, 5: 623-646.**
  • 2011 “‘Not Some Big, Huge, Racial-Type Thing, But . . .’: Mothering Children of Color with Invisible Disabilities in the Age of Neuroscience.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 36, 4: 941-967.
  • Education

    PhD, Sociology
    University of California, Berkeley, 1987

  • Contact

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    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115