Heather Albanesi, Ph.D.

HeatherAssociate Professor

Dr. Albanesi is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She has been the Graduate Director of the MA program in Sociology for the past seven years and continues to be very involved with the Master's program.  Dr. Albanesi received her Ph.D. (2001) in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.  She received her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and completed her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.  Research interests include heterosexuality, gender, education, disability, and religion. She currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in social theory, sexuality, gender, class stratification, religion, disability and culture. She serves on the Executive Council of the Western Social Science Association (http://wssa.asu.edu/) and is the coordinator of the Sociology section of that organization.

Recent publications include:

 Gender and Sexual Agency: How Young People Make Choices about Sex. (2010) Lexington Books, a division of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Gender and Sexual Agency

"Eschewing Sexual Agency: A Gender Subjectivity Perspective" (2009)Race, Gender & Class: Special Issue on Socializing Our Youth, Volume 16, Number 1-2.

 "Unplanned Pregnancy and Sexual Agency: Listening to Emotion" (2007/2008) Michigan Feminist Studies: Special Issue on Sexuality and Reproduction, No. 21.

 "Moving Toward Agency: Gender Subjectivity and the Learning Curve of Sexual Encounters." (2008) In  Sex, Gender and Sexuality: The New Basics, edited by Abby Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb, and Tre Wentling, Oxford University Press.