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Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Professor, 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. My pronouns are she/her/hers. 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 and has been featured in many popular venues such as the The Guardian, Atlantic, CNN, MTV, Fortune and Ms. magazine among many others.

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.

My new book (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.

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 (200) 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


11:00 am - 12:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Research Projects

Consuming Work: Youth Labor in America

In this book, I explore the reasons why so many teenagers work in the United States using both advanced quantitative techniques and in-depth interviews. I find that int he United States, unlike other industrialized countries, the youth labor force is dominated by more affluent and predominantly white youth and most work for social reasons such as meeting new people and having a space to socialize.

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.

Social Research Methods by Example: Applications in the Modern World

In this book I co-wrote with Dr. Dan Cassino, I explore social science research methods- both qualitative and quantitative- with an applied perspective. It is an example driven approach to research methods and shows researchers and students how to do research.

The Cost of Being a Girl: Working Teens and the Origins of the Gender Wage Gap

In this book ( forthcoming Temple University Press), I explore gender inequality in pay among teenage workers. Using a mixed methods approach, I trace the origins of the gender wage gap to early work experiences and show how working as a teenager contributes to the later wage gap.