Kristen Schilt

Assistant Professor in Sociology
The University of Chicago

Kristen Schilt is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research interests center on sociology of gender and sexualities, the sociology of culture, and the sociology of work and occupations. A central focus of her work is finding new ways to make visible the taken-for-granted cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality that serve to naturalize and reproduce social inequality.

Shilt’s publications include the 2010 monograph, ‘Just One of the Guys? Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality’ published by the University of Chicago Press. She is currently working on her second book project entitled, Before and After: The Sociology of Major Life Transitions. In “Before and After”, Schilt examines how commonsense ideas about the biological origins of social differences ease or heighten inequalities for marginalized groups.

Schilt is currently also conducting a year-long collaborative project with Toronto-based, multi-media artist, Chase Joynt. Sponsored by a Mellon Fellowship in Arts Practice & Scholarship at the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, their project explores the construction of public narratives about transgender identities. The collaborators will create a series of multi-media installations that deploy and disrupt positions of scholarly, artistic and experiential authority.