Kathleen Blee, PhD

  • Distinguished University Professor & Dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies

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.

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
  • BA, Indiana University, 1974

Representative Publications

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.

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Race and racism
  • Social movements
  • Sociology of space and place