Department of Sociology

Heather Albanesi

Heather Albanesi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

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Work : 719-255-4137

Dr. Albanesi is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She was the Graduate Director of the MA program in Sociology from 2006-2013 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 is President-Elect (2014-2015) of the Western Social Science Association and will serve as President of that organization for 2015-2016.

Recent Publications

Sauer, Janet & Heather Albanesi (2013) "Questioning Privilege from within the Special Education Process" Understanding and Dismantling Privilege. Vol. 1(3) Reprinted in: Kimmel, Michael and Abby Ferber (2013) Privilege: A Reader. Westview Press. Boulder, CO.

Albanesi, Heather, Dukes, Richard & Marsha Singlevich (2012) “With Strings Attached: Philanthropic Funding and Greater Inclusiveness,” Social Science Journal . DOI:

Dukes, Richard & Heather Albanesi, (2012) “Seeing Red: Quality of an essay, color of the grading pen and student reactions to the grading process” Social Science Journal, DOI:

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.