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Johanna E. Foster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Sociology Program

Helen McMurray Bennett Endowed Chair in Social Ethics

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Ph.D., Rutgers University

Bey Hall 243
Office Hours
Fall 2019 Office Hours
Friday 1:15-3:15pm
Courses this Semester
SO 101: Introduction to Sociology
SO 272: Economic Inequality
Regularly Taught Courses
SO 101: Introduction to Sociology
FY101: End Racism in School First Year Seminar
SO/PS 107: Intro to Social Justice
SO/GS 225: Introduction to Gender Studies
SO 245: Classical Theory
SO 398: Investigating the School to Prison Pipeline
SO 490/491: Thesis/Proposal
SO 272: Economic Inequality

Dr. Foster holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Gender Studies (2000), and an M.A. in Applied Sociology/Social Policy (1994) from The American University, where she also earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Women’s Studies (1992). She is currently the Director of the MU Sociology Program, and the Curriculum Coordinator for Gender Studies, which is also housed in Sociology.  Her major areas of expertise are the intersections of race, class and gender inequalities; feminist theories of gender; political consciousness, identity, and social movements; and critical analyses of mass incarceration with an emphasis on women and prisons.  Most recently, her work has focused on the politics of resistance and media representation among Yazidi women survivors of the ISIS genocidal attacks of 2014. Her research has appeared in Gender & Society, Women’s Studies International Forum, Sociological Forum, Research in Political Sociology, and Equal Opportunities International.  She has taught sociology and gender studies for 25 years at a range of academic institutions, from private universities to urban community colleges, with many of those years on the faculty at Monmouth University. She most enjoys sharing her love of sociology with students, and regularly teaches such courses as Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Gender Studies, Race and Ethnicity, and Economic Inequalities.  For many years, Dr. Foster has combined her teaching and research efforts in social inequalities with work to restore higher education in prison communities in the United States, co-founding The College Bound Consortium for incarcerated women in New Jersey (now NJ-STEP), and the College Connections Program for incarcerated women in New York State (now with Hudson Link for Higher Education).

Research Interests

Intersections of race, class and gender inequalities, feminist theories of gender, identities, political consciousness, and social movements; critical analysis of mass incarceration with an emphasis on women and prisons; media ethics and reporting on sexual violence in conflict zones.

Scholarly Articles

Select Scholarly Articles

(with Sherizaan Minwalla)Voices of Yazidi Women: Perceptions of Journalistic Practices on the Reporting of ISIS Sexual Violence” Women’s Studies International Forum 67: 53-64. (2018).

“In Keeping With Family Tradition: American Second Wave Feminists and the Social Construction of Political Identity.” Qualitative Sociology Review 14(1): 6-28. (2018).

“Women of a Certain Age: Second Wave Feminists Reflect Back on 50 Years of Struggle in the United States,” Women’s Studies International Forum. 50, 68-79. (2015).

“Where is the Public Sociology in Public Social Movement History Sites? The Case of the Civil Rights Movement.” The Michigan Sociological Review, 28, 35-55. (2010).

“Conversations in Black and White: The Limitations of Binary Thinking About Race in America.” in Julius Adekunle and Hettie Williams, Eds., Color Struck: Essays on Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective, University Press of America. (2006).

“Defining Racism to Achieve goals: The Multiracial and Black Reparations Movements” in David Brusma, Ed. Mixed Messages: Multiracialism in the “Colorblind Era”, Lynn Rienner Press. (2006)

(with Rebecca Sanford) “Does Gender Shape Women’s Access to College Programs in the U.S. State Prisons?” in Equal Opportunities International, Special Issue on Democratizing Access to Education for Marginalization Populations. Vol 25, pp. 577-598.  (2006)

“Invitation to Dialogue: Clarifying the Position on Feminist Gender Theory in Relation to Sexual Difference Theory”, in Gender and Society, Vol. 13, Number 4, pp. 431-456 (1999).

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