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Professor of Sociology
pam aronson
4029 CASL Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

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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. She is currently working on a book, titled Gender Revolution: Politics, #MeToo, and Women’s Power (with Matthew Fleming). She is also collecting new data for a project on “Sexual Assault Discourse and the #MeToo Movement” (with Francine Banner, Maureen Linker, and Lisa Martin).

Dr. Aronson’s prior publications examine how social structures (including collapsing economic institutions during the Great Recession, and gender, race and class inequalities) impact identities and the life course. She has also studied the experiences of disadvantaged college students, the transition to adulthood, young women’s experiences of work and family, and attitudes toward feminism. Additionally, Dr. Aronson has also examined gender differences in career development, particularly the ways that family circumstances impact work orientations. She recently published two book chapters on the development and causes of gender and feminist consciousness and feminist identities, one of which focuses on feminism and internalized misogyny in the 2016 presidential election.

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Aronson, Pamela, Leah Oldham and Emily Lucas. Forthcoming. “Gender Self-Presentations in the 2020 Election.” Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change.  

Mortimer, Jeylan T., Arnaldo Mont’Alvao, and Pamela Aronson. Published online November 15, 2019. “Decline of the ‘American Dream?’ Outlook toward the Future across Three Generations of Midwest Families.” Social Forces. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soz130  

Aronson, Pamela and Ivy Forsythe-Brown.  2019. “Balancing Family, Aspirations, and Higher Education: The Gendered Experiences of Second Generation Arab American College Women.” In Gender and Youth Migration:  A Global Survey, edited by Glenda Tibe Bonifacio.  Policy Press.

Aronson, Pamela. 2018. “’I’m Not Voting for Her:’ Internalized Misogyny, Feminism and Gender Consciousness in the 2016 Election.” In Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 Presidential Election, edited by Christine Kray, Tamar Carroll and Hinda Mandell.  University of Rochester Press.

Aronson, Pamela and Matthew Fleming. In Press (Published online April 2018). “Tapping and Assessing the Concept of Educational Regret: Methodological Techniques for Opening Up Biographical Reflection.” Contemporary Social Science.

Aronson, Pamela. 2017. “’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. Vol. 43(3) 389–403.

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.  2017.  “The Dynamics and Causes of Gender and Feminist Consciousness and Feminist Identities.”  Pp. 335-353 in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly J. McCammon, Verta Taylor, Jo Reger, and Rachel L. Einwohner. New York: Oxford University Press.

Aronson, Pamela and Jeylan T. Mortimer.  2017.  “Moving Ahead, Drifting, and Scaling Back: Gender and Parenthood in Career Development.”  Pp. 134-1611 in Crossings to Adulthood: How Diverse Young Americans Understand and Navigate their Lives, edited by Teresa Toguchi Swartz, Douglas Hartmann, and Ruben Rumbaut.  Leiden: Brill Publishers.

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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