Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Professor of the Graduate School, Gender & Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies
Research AreasBioPublications
Research Areas
  • Comparative race and gender studies focusing especially on political economy, immigration, labor and citizenship
  • Critical race and feminist theory and transdisciplinary methods

Evelyn Nakano Glenn is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies and founding director of the Center for Race and Gender, an organized research unit.

Other positions include: Society for the Study of Social Problems; Deputy Editor, American Sociological Review; Editorial Collective, Feminist Studies; Outstanding Article Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians; Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, American Sociological Section on Race, Gender and Class; Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, American Sociological Association Section on Race and Ethnic Minorities, President of the “Society for the Study of Social Problems”

”My teaching and research interests center on comparative race and gender studies focusing especially on political economy, immigration, labor, and citizenship. I also work in the areas of critical race and feminist theory and transdisciplinary methods. “

Forced to Care
Coercion and Caregiving in America
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Harvard University Press, 2010
Evelyn Nakano Glenn offers an innovative interpretation of care labor in the United States by tracing the roots of inequity along two interconnected strands: unpaid caring within the family; and slavery, indenture, and other forms of coerced labor.
Hidden Aspects of Women’s Work
Christine Bose
Roslyn Feldberg
Natalie Sokoloff
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Praeger, 1987
The book offers a comprehensive discussion of women in the work force, covering unpaid domestic work and paid labor, blue collar workers and professionals, and the ways the institutions affect them all. The book addresses the intersection between work and family life and the supermom syndrome, reports on sexual harassment, the impact technology has had on clerical jobs, and more.
Issei, Nisei, War Bride
Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Temple University Press, 1986
In this study of Japanese American women employed as domestic workers, Nakano-Glenn reveals how the careers of these strong but oppressed women affected the history of Asian immigration in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Three generations of women speak in their own words about coping with degraded employment and how this work related to family and community life.
Ideology, Experience, and Agency
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Grace Chang
Linda Rennie Forcey
Routledge, 1994
This volume presents a perspective on mothering as a socially-constructed relationship focused on caring and nurturing. It addresses different ideas and practices of mothering, the need to go beyond biological determinism and family values, and the conditions and resources of mothering; central to the reproduction of social relations, and contested terrain.
Shades of DifferenceWhy Skin Color Matters
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Stanford University Press, 2009
Shades of Difference addresses the widespread but little studied phenomenon of colorism—the preference for lighter skin and the ranking of individual worth according to skin tone.
Unequal Freedom
How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Harvard University Press, 2004
The inequalities that persist in America have deep historical roots. Evelyn Nakano Glenn untangles this complex history in a unique comparative regional study from the end of Reconstruction to the eve of World War II.