Associate Professor

Degrees: Ph.D, University of Connecticut

Expertise: Sociology of the family, Intersections of family and work, Sex and gender, Social psychology, Cultural sociology, Women and health

Dr. Medora W. Barnes received her BA from Trinity College before continuing her education at the University of Connecticut, where she received her MA and PhD in Sociology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research examines the intersection of family, gender, and work during the transition period to parenthood. Other research interests include ideologies of motherhood and fatherhood, gender discrimination in the labor market, and new reproductive technologies. In addition to presenting nationally on these subjects, her publications include articles in the Journal of Family Issues, Qualitative Sociology Review, and Journal of Consumer Culture.

Dr. Barnes joined the Department of Sociology and Criminology faculty in 2009 and is currently serving as the advisor to the Sociology Student Association. She regularly teaches the following courses:

100 level:
Introduction to Sociology; Masculinities
200 level:
Individual and Society; Sociology of the Family
300 level:
Sexuality & Sexual Behavior