Mary Katzenstein

Mary Fainsod Katzenstein is the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies and professor in the Government Department and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has written on feminist activism cross-nationally focusing on the United States, Europe, and India. Her book, Faithful and Fearless: Moving Feminist Protest inside the Church and Military (Princeton University Press, 1998) won the Victoria Schuck prize awarded by the American Political Science Association. She is the co-editor with Carol Mueller of The Women’s Movements of the United States and Western Europe (Temple University Press, 1987), with Judith Reppy of Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination and Military Culture in the U.S. (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999) and with Raka Ray of Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power and Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). She was one of the founding members of the faculty community which began the Cornell Prison Education Program (a program that offers classes for Cornell credit at Auburn and Cayuga Correctional.) In Fall 2010 she became the Director of the American Studies Program. Her current research addresses issues of movement activism, incarceration and citizenship in the United States (see Boston Review, July/August 2008, Perspectives on Politics, Sept. 2010). As part of the ISS project, she worked on the tensions between the liberal foundations of citizenship and the criminalization of immigration.


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