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Women's Studies Faculty - Barbara SuttonBarbara Sutton
Honors Program Director

Contact Information
Office: SS 341 Email: bsutton@albany.edu
Telephone: 518-442-4319
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/barbarasuttonalbany/

Barbara Sutton is an Associate Professor and Honors Program Director of Women's Studies at the University at Albany. She is also affiliated with the departments of Sociology and Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies. Professor Sutton's scholarly interests include globalization, body politics, human rights, and women's movements, particularly in Latin American contexts. The topics she is drawn to are broad and diverse, but reflect an overarching concern with how systems of social inequality--based on gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation--structure social experience and affect marginalized groups. Another thread that connects much of her work is the transnational significance of the issues she addresses, from globalization to militarism. She has used her interest in women's bodies and embodiment as a springboard for exploring various lines of inquiry: cultural norms of femininity and beauty, the bodily scars of neoliberal economics, reproductive rights issues, interpersonal and political violence, women's activism, and cross-border social processes. Her book, Bodies in Crisis: Culture, Violence, and Women's Resistance in Neoliberal Argentina, exemplifies this approach.

Professor Sutton believes that a transnational awareness is essential to understand timely political matters, including the changes brought about by economic globalization, armed conflict, migration patterns, fundamentalisms, and women's local and cross-border activism. Professor Sutton is interested in global issues both from an academic and a personal standpoint. She maintains strong ties to her country of origin, Argentina, and her international curiosity has taken her to many areas of the world. She has participated in dialogues with women from diverse regions; for example, at the International Women's University in Germany (a program with over a thousand women from 115 countries), in international activist arenas, and during an overland trip from the United States to Argentina, driving across 12 countries. This journey allowed her to experience the land, meet with people, and broaden her theoretical understandings of Latin America in quite original and meaningful ways.

She is on sabbatical leave (2013-2014 academic year).

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon (2004)
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Oregon (1999)
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Oregon (1997)
  • Law Degree, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1993)

GRADUATE COURSES

  • Feminist Theory
  • Global Politics of Women's Bodies
  • Gender and Class in Latin American Development
  • Research Seminar in Women's Studies

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

  • Classism, Racism, Sexism: Issues
  • Feminist Social and Political Thought
  • Global Perspectives on Women
  • Gender and Class in Latin American Development
  • Research Seminar in Women's Studies

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

BOOK

Sutton, Barbara. 2010. Bodies in Crisis: Culture, Violence, and Women's Resistance in Neoliberal Argentina. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (Winner of the National Women's Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize in 2011.)

EDITED BOOK

Sutton, Barbara, Sandra Morgen, and Julie Novkov, eds. 2008. Security Disarmed: Critical Perspectives on Gender, Race, and Militarization. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

SELECTED ARTICLES

Sutton, Barbara and Elizabeth Borland. 2013. "Framing Abortion Rights in Argentina's Encuentros Nacionales de Mujeres." Feminist Studies 39 (1): 194-234.

Casanova, Erynn and Barbara Sutton. 2013. "Transnational Body Projects: Media Representations of Cosmetic Surgery Tourism in Argentina and the United States." Journal of World Systems Research XIX (1): 57-81.

Sutton, Barbara. 2011. "Playful Cards, Serious Talk: A Qualitative Research Technique to Elicit Women's Embodied Experiences." Qualitative Research 11 (2): 177-196.

Sutton, Barbara. 2008. "Contesting Racism: Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights, and Anti-Racist Politics in Argentina." Latin American Perspectives 35 (Nov.): 106-121.

Sutton, Barbara. 2007. "Naked Protest: Memories of Bodies and Resistance at the World Social Forum." Journal of International Women's Studies 8 (3): 139-148.

Sutton, Barbara. 2007. "Poner el Cuerpo: Women's Embodiment and Political Resistance in Argentina." Latin American Politics and Society 49 (3): 129-162.

Borland, Elizabeth and Barbara Sutton. 2007. "Quotidian Disruption and Women's Activism in Times of Crisis, Argentina 2002-2003." Gender and Society 21 (5): 700-722.

SELECTED BOOK CHAPTERS AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

Sutton, Barbara. 2013. "Fashion of Fear: Securing the Body in an Unequal Global World." Bodies without Borders: Migrating Discourses of Embodiment, edited by Afshan Jafar and Erynn Masi de Casanova. Palgrave Macmillan.

Sutton, Barbara. 2012."Body." Encyclopedia of Globalization, edited by George Ritzer. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sutton, Barbara. 2007. "Gendered Bodily Scars of Neoliberal Globalization in Argentina." Pp. 147-168 in The Gender of Globalization: Women Navigating Cultural and Economic Marginalities, edited by Nandini Gunewardena and Ann Kingsolver. Santa Fe, NM: SAR Press.

Sutton, Barbara. 2004. "Las Mujeres y la Crisis: Marcas en el Cuerpo." [Women and the Crisis: Marks on the Body] Pp. 179-186 in Cuerpos Ineludibles: Un Diálogo a Partir de las Sexualidades en América Latina [Unavoidable Bodies: A Dialogue on Sexualities in Latin America], edited by Josefina Fernández, Mónica D'Uva, and Paula Viturro. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Ajíde Pollo.

PHOTO ESSAYS

Sutton, Barbara. 2010. "Situating Memory in Argentina." Contexts 9 (3): 52-57. Print Photo Essay. Preview available at http://contexts.org/articles/summer-2010/situating-memory-in-argentina/

Nominated for a Claude S. Fischer Award for Excellence in Contexts (a publication of the American Sociological Association). An e-book with teh slate of nominated pieces is available at: http://contexts.org/downloads/claudes_2011.pdf

Sutton, Barbara. 2007. "Memorias y Encierros / Memories and Enclosures." Photo Essay. See "Visualizing Absence" by Lorie Novak, Barbara Sutton, and Mirta Kupferminc." e-misférica (November, 4.2) Body Matters/Corpografías.
http://hemi.nyu.edu/journal/4.2/eng/en42_pg_novak.html


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