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Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Chairperson, Sociology

Dickson Hall 305
BA, Bogazici University (Turkey)
MA, SUNY at Stony Brook
PhD, SUNY at Stony Brook
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I am a Professor of Sociology and Distinguished Scholar (2013). I am the Editor of Contemporary Sociology, an official publication of the American Sociological Association. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I served as the Book Review Editor of Gender & Society(2014-2018) and the Managing Editor of Men & Masculinities (2003-2005). I received my Ph.D. In Sociology from State University of New York in Stony Brook in 2005. 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 and has been featured in many popular venues such as the Washington Post,The Guardian, Atlantic, CNN, MTV, Fortune and Ms. magazine among many others.

My book, The Cost of Being a Girl (Temple University Press, 2018) focuses on how early work experiences lead to later gender inequalities in the market. In this research, supported by the W.E. Upjohn Foundation, I explore the inequalities in the youth labor force with an intersectional perspective and trace the origins of the wage gap to part-time teenage work. It has been praised by Publishers Weekly and London School of Economics Review and was featured in the Washington Post, the Guardian, MTV, CNN, Philadelphia Inquirer among many others.
I am currently a Public Scholar for the NJ Council for the Humanities.

In addition to research, I truly enjoy teaching. I am the winner of the Dean's Award in Scholarship (2018) the Dean's Award in Teaching (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/ WSGS 208 Men & Masculinities
WSGS 102 Intro to Women and Gender Studies
SOCI/WSGS 208 Men& Masculinities
SOCI 569 Interviews and Focus Groups


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


Office Hours


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Research Projects

Political identity, gender identity or both?

Political identity, gender identity or both? The political effects of sexual orientation and gender identity items in survey research- European Journal of Politics and Gender

Of Masks and Men?

Of Masks and Men? Gender, Sex and Protective Measures During COVID-19- Politics&Gender

Sometimes (but Not This Time), a Gun Is Just a Gun

Sometimes (but Not This Time), a Gun Is Just a Gun: Masculinity Threat and Guns in the United States, 1999–2018- Sociological Forum