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Evelyn Nakano Glenn
BornAugust 20, 1940

Evelyn Seiko Nakano Glenn is a Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she served as Founding Director of the University's Center for Race and Gender (CRG). The CRG is a leading U.S. academic center for the study of intersectionality among gender, race and class social groups and institutions. In June 2008, Glenn was elected President of the 15,000-member American Sociological Association. She served as President-elect during the 2008–2009 academic year, assumed her presidency at the annual ASA national convention in San Francisco in August 2009, served as President of the Association during the 2009–2010 year, and continued to serve on the ASA Governing Council as Past-president until August 2011. Her Presidential Address, given at the 2010 meetings in Atlanta, was entitled "Constructing Citizenship: Exclusion, Subordination, and Resistance," and was printed as the lead article in the American Sociological Review.[1]

Professor Glenn's scholarly work focuses on the dynamics of race, gender, and class in processes of inequality and exclusion. Her early research documented the work and family lives of heretofore neglected women of color in domestic service and women in clerical occupations. This work drew her into historical research on the race and gender structure of local labor markets and the consequences of labor market position on workers, including the forms of resistance available to them. Most recently she has engaged in comparative analysis of race and gender in the construction of labor and citizenship across different regions of the United States.

Evelyn Nakano Glenn is author of Issei, Nisei, War Bride (Temple University Press), Unequal Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2002), "From Servitude to Service Work" (Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society), and Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America (Harvard University Press, 2010). She is also editor of Mothering (Routledge), and Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (Stanford University Press, 2009). Additionally, Professor Glenn is the author of many journal articles, reviews, and commentaries. A review of her most recent book, Forced to Care stated, "Glenn's prose is concise and elegantly crafted, and despite the complexity of the subject matter, the reader is swept along with the force of the narrative structure." [2]


Glenn was born on August 20, 1940 in Sacramento County, California to Nisei (second-generation Japanese immigrant) parents Makoto Nakano and Haruye Ito and was thus a Sansei (third-generation Japanese immigrant). From 1942 to 1945, Glenn and her parents, along with more than 120,000 other Japanese Americans, were interned in concentration camps.[3][4] Glenn's family was first assigned to live in the horse stables at a race track in Turlock, California, and thereafter was sent to the Gila River camp in the Arizona desert, and then to the Heart Mountain camp in the high country of Wyoming.[5] When her family was released in 1945, they moved to Chicago, where Glenn was raised until the age of 16. The family returned to California and Glenn graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1958.[6]

Professor Glenn received her BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962.[7] She then went on to receive her PhD from Harvard University. Her first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University; she has also taught at Florida State University, Binghamton University, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii. She has been at the University of California, Berkeley since 1990.


Glenn has taught a variety of courses having to do with research methods and theory in the social sciences, women and work, the Asian American family, comparative gender systems, race and social structures in the United States, and graduate seminars in gender, race, and class.



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