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Kathleen F. Slevin

Emeritus Professor


B. Soc. Sc., University College, Dublin
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Georgia

Areas of Specialization

Aging, Gender and Inequalities

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa Award for Advancement of Teaching

Distinguished Educator Award

State Council for Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award

Chancellor Professorship

Thomas Jefferson Award

Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award


The major focus of my research is to highlight age as a core site of social inequality. I explore age relations and their intersections with gender, race, class, and other social hierarchies. Within this focus I have researched and written about retired professional African American women and about old gays and lesbians.

Courses Taught

Principles of Sociology; Sociology of Aging; Sociology of Work


Professor Slevin has published numerous articles in a wide variety of sociology journals. Her most recent publications include three books:From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones: The Life Experiences of Fifty Professional African American Women, New York University Press, 1998 (with C. Ray Wingrove); Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging, Altimira Press, 2001 (with Toni M. Calasanti);part of the Gender Lens Series ;Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking, Routledge, 2006. With her co-author Toni Calasanti, she is currently working on a second edition of Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging.