Co-Director, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Co-Director, The Alice Paul Center
Department of Sociology
411 Cohen Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (215) 898-8740
Fax: (215) 898-1803
Email: dkurz at sas.upenn.edu
As you can see from our website, the Alice Paul Center presents a rich array of programming including lectures, conferences, and seminars. These events cover a diversity of topics related to gender and ethnic/racial issues, transnational concerns, and sexuality. The Women's Studies Program offers curricular programming including a major, a minor, and a graduate certificate.
Research and Teaching:
As a sociologist with a position in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, my primary research and teaching interests are in contemporary issues of gender, with a specific focus on the family. I am currently writing a book on how parents and teenagers negotiate teens' adolescence and have published several papers on this topic. I have written on the topics of divorce and domestic violence and also have a strong interest in the area of "carework". Along with several others, I was a founding member of the Carework Network, a network of researchers, policy makers, and practitioners who are concerned with promoting research and policy on carework. I teach a senior thesis seminar in Women's Studies and a course called Contemporary Feminist Thought, which examines feminist thought from a global, as well as a U.S. perspective.