Celene Reynolds

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Education: 
B.A. Sociology, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in Sociology (Wellesley College, 2009)
M.A. Social Sciences (University of Chicago, 2011)
Areas of Interest: 
Law; Organizations; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Gender and Sexuality; Politics and Social Movements; Higher Education in America

I am a PhD candidate with research and teaching interests in the areas of law, organizations, gender and sexuality, politics and social movements, and higher education. My dissertation examines why and how the implementation of Title IX—the U.S. civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education—has shifted from a focus on gender equity in athletics to sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. Using new data and multiple methods, I investigate the political dynamics among and within the three primary organizational settings wherein the law is enforced: the Department of Education, the courts, and on the local level of colleges and universities. I show that the mobilization of law by those it protects as well as others acting on their behalf gives it meaning and how specialized interpretations of law spread among organizations. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. One related article is conditionally accepted at Social Problems and won the 2016 ASA Sex and Gender Section Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award. My other research has appeared in Organization, Qualitative Sociology, and Socius.