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. 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, Sociological Spectrum, and Contexts, among other journals, and has been reprinted in popular anthologies.
Barber is currently Co-Editor of the Culture Section for Contexts, a publication of the American Sociological Association, Editorial Board
Member of Gender & Society, U.S. Advisory Editorial Board Member of Men and Masculinities,,and 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).