Dr. Kristen Barber received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is Associate Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is serving as Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as Editor of the international journal, Men and Masculinities (beginning August 2019). Barber's research focuses on how race, class, and sexuality shape gender inequality in work and organizations, in cultural production, and in everyday interactions and identity construction. A qualitative scholar who conducts boots-on-the-ground research, Barber's work appears in Gender & Society, Mobilization, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and Sociological Spectrum, among other journals, and has been reprinted in popular anthologies. She is co-author of the textbook, Gendered Worlds, 4th Edition out August 2019 from Oxford University Press.
Barber is also currently Co-Editor of the Culture Section for Contexts, a publication of the American Sociological Association and has served as an Editorial Board Member of Gender & Society, as U.S. Advisory Editorial Board Member of Men and Masculinities,,and as an elected council member for the ASA's Section on Sex and Gender. Barber has served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and is current Chair-Elect for the American Sociological Association's Section on Race, Gender, and Class (serving as Chair in 2019-2020).