University of California, Riverside


Christine Ward Gailey Chair, Department of Women's Studies Professor

Topics: Women's History Month

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Languages Spoken: English

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Tel: (951) 827-6426

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Professor Gailey received her Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research in 1981.

Her recognitions include the Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant, which she received in 1998 and 1991.

Some of Professor Gailey’s most notable publications are:

  • “Blue Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love: Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Adoption Practices (Austin: University Press of Texas, submitted September 2003)
  • “Community, State, and Questions of Social Evolution” In Anthropologica (Canada, 2003)
  • “Seeking ‘Baby Right’: Race, Class, and Gender in US International Adoption” in Anne-Lise Rygvold et al, eds., Yours, Mine, Ours… and Theirs: International Adoption (University of Oslo, 2000
  • “Rethinking Child Labor in an Age of Capitalist Restructuring” in Critique of Anthropology(1999)



On Women's History Month

Professor Gailey’s research addresses gender and state formation; gender, race, and class dynamics in U.S. adoption; feminist methodologies; gendered violence and family formation; constructions of race in colonialism; gender and video games; child labor; and the politics of culture. Professor Gailey teaches courses on gender and sexuality, kinship and social change, feminist methods in research, reproductive policy and politics, and violence against women. She focuses on the adoption process and its effects, she herself has an adopted daughter. In addition, she is interested in gay marriages and its impact on famililes and is willing to comment on this issue.