Fac/Staff profile


Professor of Sociology
Pamela Aronson, Professor of Sociology
4029 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128
By appointment

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Biography and Education

Professor Aronson completed her Ph.D. in sociology, with a minor in feminist studies, from the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Aronson’s publications examine how social structures (such as collapsing economic institutions during the Great Recession, and gender, race and class inequalities) impact identities and the life course. She has studied the transition to adulthood, with particular emphasis on young women’s experiences of work and family and attitudes toward feminism.  She has also examined gender differences in career development, particularly the ways that family circumstances impact work orientations.  Her most recent research considers the college experience.  One research project examines how non-traditional students experience college.  Another project examines the challenges facing students who graduated during the Great Recession. She recently published a book chapter on the development and causes of gender and feminist consciousness and feminist identities and is in the process of publishing a book chapter on feminism, internalized misogyny and the 2016 presidential election.

In her spare time, Dr. Aronson practices yoga and spends time with her family, including her golden retriever Oliver (who thinks he is a person).  Most recently, she travelled to England and Scotland, where she saw the Loch Ness Monster.

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Aronson, Pamela. Forthcoming. “’I’m Not Voting for Her:’ Internalized Misogyny, Feminism and Gender Consciousness in the 2016 Election.” To appear in Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historical Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election, edited by Christine Kray, Hinda Mandell and Tamar Carroll.  Volume under review.

Aronson, Pamela and Ivy Forsythe-Brown.  Forthcoming. “Balancing Family, Aspirations, and Higher Education: The Gendered Experiences of Second Generation Arab American College Women.”  To appear in Gender and Youth Migration:  A Global Survey, edited by Glenda Tibe Bonifacio.  Policy Press.

Aronson, Pamela. In Press (First published online on April 15, 2016). “’I’ve Learned to Love What’s Going to Pay Me:’ A Culture of Despair in Higher Education during a Time of Insecurity.”  Critical Sociology.

Aronson, Pamela and Jeylan T. Mortimer.  2017.  “Moving Ahead, Drifting, and Scaling Back: Gender and Parenthood in Career Development.”  To appear in Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate their Lives, edited by Teresa Toguchi Swartz, Douglas Hartmann, and Ruben Rumbaut.  Brill Publishers. 

Aronson, Pamela.  2017.  “The Dynamics and Causes of Gender and Feminist Consciousness and Feminist Identities.”  In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor and Jo Reger.  Oxford University Press.

Aronson, Pamela.  2017. “Contradictions in the American Dream:  High Educational Aspirations and Perceptions of Collapsing Institutions.”  International Journal of Psychology, 52 (1): 49-57.

Aronson, Pamela, Thomas Callahan and Timothy Davis. 2015.  “The Transition to Adulthood during the Great Recession:  Employment, Financial and Identity Challenges.” Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 18, No. 9, 1097–1118.


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