Yasemin Besen-Cassino

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Associate Professor, Sociology
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dickson Hall 305
Dickson Hall 305
BA, Bogazici University (Turkey)
MA, SUNY at Stony Brook
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
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I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Distinguished Scholar 2012-2013. I am currently serving as the Book Review Editor of Gender&Society. I received my Ph.D. In Sociology from State University of New York in Stony Brook in 2005. During my time at Stony Brook, I worked as the Managing Editor of Men and Masculinities( editor: Michael Kimmel) published by Sage. My research focuses on work, gender and youth. My work has appeared in many sociology journals such as Contexts, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Theory& Society, NWSAJ and Education& Society.

I recently finished a research project funded by the AAUW(American Association of University Women) on the gender wage gap in New Jersey, which resulted in a research monograph( with Dr. Mary Gatta) published by the AAUW. I also testified as an expert witness at the NJ State Legislature.

My book, Consuming Work(Temple University Press, 2014)focuses on part-time youth labor in America and other industrialized countries, was reviewed by Social Forces, Contemporary Sociology, Gender&Society, Work&Occupations, BBC4 and was highly recommended by Choice. In this research, supported by the W.E. Upjohn Foundation, I explore the inequalities in the youth labor force.

I am currently writing a book on the gender wage gap, which is under contract at Temple University Press.

In addition to research, I truly enjoy teaching. I am the winner of the Dean's Award in Teaching at MSU in 2008 and the Dean's Award in Teaching at SUNY Stony Brook in 2004 .
Courses Offered:
SOCI 104 Sociology of the Family
SOCI 240 Statistics for Social Sciences
SOCI 301 Research Methods
SOCI 304 Work and Professions
SOCI 400 Senior Research Project
SOCI 411 Selected Topics: Sociology of Youth
SOCI 208/ WMGS 208 Men & Masculinities
WMGS 102 Intro to Women and Gender Studies
SOCI/WMGS 208 Men&Masculinities
SOCI 503 Interviews and Focus Groups


work and labor, gender,youth, inequality, quantitative methods, political sociology


Office Hours


  • Monday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm



Research Projects

Education& Youth Today

In this book I edited(2016), I explore the most recent research on young people and education. This is is official publication of the ASA's Children and Youth Section.