Kathleen M Blee, PhD


Affiliated appointments in History, Psychology, and Women’s Studies. Also associated with Cultural Studies and the Center for Race and Social Problems. My areas of interest are social movements, including racist/anti-Semitic, and right-wing movements, racial violence, and microsociology. I currently have two research projects: a study of unreported racial hate crimes and an ethnography of urban bus riding. I teach graduate courses and seminars in research methods, global feminism, qualitative methods, racialization and racial social movements, and writing for publication.

Fields of Interest

  • Gender
  • Race and Racism
  • Social Movements
  • Sociology of Space and Place


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982

Disaffiliation and deradicalization of violent white supremacist and right-wing extremists

The microsociology of urban bus riding

Unreported racial hate crimes

2018. Understanding Racist Activism: Theory, Methods, and Research. Routledge.

2012 Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form. Oxford University Press.

2012 Women of the Right: International and Transnational Perspectives, co-edited with Sandra D. Deutsch. Penn State University Press.

2002 Inside Organized Racism: Women and Men in the Hate Movement. University of California Press.

2001 Feminism and Anti-Racism: Transnational Struggles for Justice. Edited with France Winddance Twine. New York University Press.

2000 The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia. (with Dwight Billings). Cambridge University Press.

1998 No Middle Ground: Women & Radical Protest. Editor. New York University Press.

1991 Women of The Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s. University of California Press.

Feminist Theory

Space and Power

Research Methods

Social Movements


Graduate Writing for Publication

McCarthy Award, 2016

Named to Distinguished Professor Rank, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (university-wide), 2007

University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring (university-wide), 2007

American Association of University Women Senior Scholar Commendation of Honor, 2007

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, Pennsylvania Sociological Society, 2006

University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, Senior Scholar (university-wide career research award), 2004

Elected to Governing Council, American Sociological Association, 2004-07

YWCA-Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award, 2004

Selected as University of Kentucky Research Professor (university-wide career research award), 1994-1995

Elected to Sociological Research Association (honorary for outstanding research and scholarship), 1999