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Nancy J. Mezey, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Dean

PhD, Michigan State University

Office: Plangere, Room 121

Phone: 732-263-5631


Spring 2018 Office Hours:

Office Hours By Appointment


Regularly Taught Courses:

SO 101: Introduction to Sociology

SO/GS 225: Introduction to Gender Studies

SO/SW 332: Gender and Sexual Identities

SO 261: Sociology of Family

So 397: The Sociology of Aging

SO 402: Seminar in Sociological Theory


Dr. Mezey specializes in the areas of family sociology, race-class-gender studies, gender studies, and the sociology of sexualities. Her research focuses on how and why diverse family forms develop out of particular social, cultural, historical, and political contexts. At Monmouth University, Dr. Mezey is the Director of the Sociology Program, Curriculum Coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, and advisor to the Sociology Club. Outside of Monmouth University, Dr. Mezey serves on the board of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). Dr. Mezey is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she served in Mali, West Africa from 1988-1990. In 2010, she received the Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

Research Interests:

The creation of new family forms and family policy regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. 



Nancy J. Mezey. (forthcoming, September 2012). “How Lesbians/Gay Men Decide to be Parents or Remain Childfree” in LGBT-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice, edited by Abbie E. Goldberg and Katherine R. Allen.  New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Nancy J. Mezey. (forthcoming, 2013). “Becoming a Sociologist in Action through Theory and Practice: A Personal Journey” in Sociologists in Action: Race, Class and Gender, edited by Kathleen O. Korgen, Jonathan M. White, and Shelley K. White. Thousand Oaks, CA:Pine Forge Press, an imprint of Sage Publications, Inc. 

Nancy J. Mezey. (forthcoming, 2014). GLBT Families.  Thousand Oaks, CA:Pine Forge Press, an imprint of Sage Publications, Inc. 

Nancy J. Mezey. 2008.  New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood.  The Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Nancy J. Mezey.  2008.  “The Privilege of Coming Out:  Race, Class, and Lesbians’ Mothering Decisions.” The International Journal of Sociology of the Family. 34(2)(Autumn): 257-276. 

Nancy J. Mezey.  2005. “Conducting Multiracial Feminist Family Research: Challenges and Rewards of Recruiting a Diverse Sample.” In Michigan Family Review. 10:45-65

Nancy J. Mezey, Lori A. Post, and Christopher D. Maxwell. 2002. “Redefining Intimate Partner Violence: Women’s Experiences with Physical Violence and Non-Physical Abuse by Age.”  In International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 22(7/8):122-149. 

Nancy J. Mezey & Rebecca Sanford. (2009). “Family: Youth and Adults” in Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings, edited by Tina Maschi, Carolyn Bradley, and Kelly Ward. New York: Springer Publishing Company.