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Department of Sociology & Criminology


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Hava Gordon

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Hava Gordon

Associate Professor and Academic Advisor
Sturm Hall 427
Phone: 303-871-3603
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areas of expertise/research interests

Gender/Race/Class and Intersectionality; Inequality and Resistance; Social Movements; Schooling and Education; Youth and Adolescence; Globalization; Feminist Pedagogy; Qualitative Methods 

professional biography

Hava Gordon, associate professor, specializes in the social construction of inequalities such as gender, race, class and age; social movements; schooling; and qualitative research methods. Her previous research explored how multiple social inequalities shape youth political movements, and is the subject of her book, We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism (Rutgers University Press), as well as journal articles. Her current research focuses on community struggles over urban school reform, and is the subject of her new book project, This is Our School! Race, Resistance, and Community Struggles over School Reform (under contract with NYU Press). She teaches courses on schooling, gender, globalization, and qualitative methods, as well as service learning courses on social movements and youth cultures. Professor Gordon directed the Gender and Women's Studies Program from 2012 through June 2017 and chaired the Sociology and Criminology Department from 2017 through 2020.


PhD   Sociology, University of Oregon
MA    Sociology, University of Oregon
BA    Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder

selected publications

"Breaking Through and Burning Out: The Contradictory Effects of Young Peoples' Participation in Institutionalized Movements." Special issue on Social Movements and Media, Emerald Studies in Media and Communication 15: 149-176.

This is Our School! Race, Resistance, and Community Struggles over School Reform (book under contract with NYU Press).

"'We Can't Let Them Fail for One More Day': School Reform Urgency and the Politics of Reformer-Community Alliances." Race Ethnicity and Education 19(1, 2016): 1-22.

We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

"Rethinking Youth Political Socialization: Teenage Activists Talk Back" (with Jessica K. Taft). Youth & Society 43 (4, 2011): 1499-1527. 

"Gendered Paths to Teenage Political Participation: Parental Power, Civic Mobility, and Youth Activism." Gender & Society 22 (1, 2008): 31-55. 

"Allies Within and Without: How Adolescent Activists Conceptualize Ageism and Navigate Adult Power in Youth Social Movements. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 36 (6, 2007): 631-668.

"The Processes of Social Construction in Everyday Interaction" (with Jocelyn Hollander). Symbolic Interaction 29 (2, 2006): 183-212.