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College of Liberal Arts
University of Mississippi

Kirsten Dellinger

Kirsten Dellinger

Kirsten Dellinger, associate dean for diversity and inclusion

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Professor of Sociology

305 Lyceum   |  662-915-7323  |

If you catch me saying “You guys” instead of the much more gender-inclusive “Y’all” it is because I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but then grew up in Malvern, PA a suburb of Philadelphia. I came back to the South to earn my BA in psychology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and subsequently my Master’s and PhD degrees in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. It is there that I began to specialize in questions of gender and sexual inequality in organizations. My MA thesis was an in-depth interview study that explored women’s experiences with make-up and my dissertation examined how gender, sexuality, and workplace culture shaped workers’ opportunities in two very different companies in the magazine industry: a men’s pornographic magazine and a feminist magazine.

I joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in 1998 and was granted tenure and promotion in 2004. My teaching and research interests include gender, sexuality, work, and qualitative methods. I enjoy teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses including the Current Debates in Gender (625), Social Research Methods-team taught (502); Professional Development I (621); Sociology of Gender (Soc 325), Occupations and Professions (Soc 323), and Introductory Sociology (Soc 101). I am actively involved in campus and national organizations that promote gender equality including the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and Sociologists for Women in Society. I also currently serve on the editorial boards of the journals Gender & Society and Social Problems and I am on the Council of the Sex and Gender section of the American Sociological Association.