Elizabeth A. Armstrong
Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.
Sherry B. Ortner Collegiate Professor of Sociology, LS&A.
Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, LS&A.
Professor of Organizational Studies, LS&A.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California - Berkeley
Armstrong's scholarship focuses on the reproduction of gender, class, and race inequalities. She examines these processes in the domain of sexuality and within the organizational context of the university. Her co-authored book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013), followed a cohort of young women through their experiences at a large Midwestern state university. The book challenges the claim that college equalizes the life chances of college graduates. The authors demonstrated that the most well-resourced and seductive route through this university was a "party pathway" anchored in the Greek system and facilitated by the administration. This pathway benefited the affluent, while disadvantaging the majority. Her current project
, with Sandra Levitsky, investigates university responses to campus sexual assault.
Armstrong EA, Hamilton LT. "Classed Pathways to Marriage: Hometown Ties, College Networks, and Life after Graduation." Journal of Marriage and Family 11 Jan 2021. 10.1111/jomf.12747
Hamilton LT, Armstrong EA, Seeley JL, Armstrong EM. "Hegemonic Femininities and Intersectional Domination." Sociological Theory 37(4):315-341 17 Dec 2019. 10.1177/0735275119888248
Larance, Lisa Young, Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Michelle Munro-Kramer, Emily Sheridan-Fulton, Yasamin Kusunoki, Quyen Ngo, Sharron Fincher, and Nicole Denson. 2019. "Feminist Praxis: The Michigan Meeting on Ending Gender-Based Violence." Affilia, 34(3): 383-392.
Armstrong, Elizabeth A., M. Gleckman-Krut, and L. Johnson. 2018. "Silence, Power, and Inequality: An Intersectional Approach to Sexual Violence." Annual Review of Sociology, 44: 99-122.
Armstrong, Elizabeth A., Laura Hamilton, Elizabeth M. Armstrong, and Jessica Lotus Seeley. 2014. "Good Girls: Gender, Social Class, and Slut Discourse on Campus." Social Psychology Quarterly, 77(2): 100-122.
Armstrong, Elizabeth A., and Laura T. Hamilton. 2013. Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
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