Yasemin Besen-Cassino

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Associate Professor, Sociology
Adjunct or Visiting Specialist from prior semester, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Dickson Hall 305
Dickson Hall
973 655-7229
973 655-7911
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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 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 new book, Consuming Work(Temple University Press, 2014)focuses on part-time youth labor in America and other industrialized countries. 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


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


Office Hours


  • Monday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm



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