Mary Bernstein, PhD

Professor, Sociology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Mary Bernstein is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. She has published numerous articles in the fields of sexualities, social movements, identity, gender, work and law and is co-editor of three books. Recent awards include the Outstanding Article Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements (2009) for “Culture, Power, and Institutions: A Multi-Institutional Politics Approach to Social Movements.” Her research has been supported most recently by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Williams Institute of UCLA. Bernstein is the Past Chair of the ASA Section on the Sociology of Sexualities. She is currently deputy editor of the journal Gender & Society and president of the national organization Sociologists for Women in Society. Dr. Bernstein teaches courses in gender and sexualities, social movements, law, and quantitative methods. Her most recent research investigates why women, diagnosed with early stage (0-2) breast cancer increasingly choose mastectomy when it provides only small improvement over breast conserving surgery (except in women who are BRCA 1/2 positive) and whether or not there are systematic disparities in treatment based on race, economic status and sexual orientation. This research builds on her research in gender, social movements, and inequality within institutions.


Ph.D. Sociology, New York University
M.A. Mathematics, Middlebury College

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Sociology
344 Mansfield Road, Unit 1068
Storrs, CT 06269-1068