University at Albany

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Faculty - Barbara SuttonBarbara Sutton
Director of Graduate Studies

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Barbara Sutton is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, University at Albany. She is also affiliated with the Sociology Department and is an associate member of the Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Department. Professor Sutton's scholarly interests include body politics, human rights, collective memory, globalization, and women's activism 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. 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, abortion and 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.

Among other research projects, Professor Sutton wrote a new book, Surviving State Terror: Women’s Testimonies of Repression and Resistance, published with NYU Press in 2018. The study is based on 52 oral testimonies by women who survived clandestine detention centers during the period of state terrorism in Argentina (1976-1983). This project explores questions related to collective memory, body and voice, survival and resistance, and women's historical and political agency.

Professor Sutton believes that a transnational awareness is essential to understanding 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 transnational curiosity has taken her to many areas of the world. She has participated in dialogues with women from diverse regions, including in various academic and activist arenas.


  • 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)


  • Feminist Theory
  • Global Politics of Women's Bodies
  • Gender and Class in Latin American Development
  • Research Seminar in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Graduate Orientation
  • Advanced Feminist Theory & Pedagogy


  • Women Creating Change
  • 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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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Sutton, Barbara. 2018. Surviving State Terror: Women’s Testimonies of Repression and Resistance. New York: NYU Press.

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.


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


Sutton, Barbara and Elizabeth Borland. 2018. "Queering Abortion Rights: Notes from Argentina." Culture, Health & Sexuality. First Published Online: March 6.

Sutton, Barbara. 2017. “Zonas de Clandestinidad y ‘Nuda Vida’: Mujeres, Cuerpo y Aborto.” Estudos Feministas 25 (2): 889-902.

Sutton, Barbara and Kate Paarlberg Kvam. 2017. "Fashion of Fear for Kids." InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture 25. Published Online: April 17.

Sutton, Barbara. 2015. "Terror, testimonio, y transmisión: Voces de mujeres sobrevivientes de centros clandestinos de detención en Argentina (1976-1983)." Mora 21 (1): 5-23.

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 and Kari Marie Norgaard. 2013. "Cultures of Denial: Avoiding Knowledge of State Violations of Human Rights in Argentina and the United States." Sociological Forum 28 (3), 495-524.

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.

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

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. 2014. “‘More than Reproductive Uteruses:’ Women and the Politics of Abortion in Argentina.”  Pp. 141-192 in Cuerpo, educación y liderazgo político: Una mirada desde el género y los estudios feministas edited by Sara Poggio and María Amelia Viteri. Quito: FLACSO Ecuador, UMBC, LASA (An earlier version was published in Bodies in Crisis, Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Chapter based on a paper distinguished with the Elsa Chaney Award Honorable Mention by the Gender and Feminist Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association in 2007.

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. 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.

Chapter in award-winning edited volume, The Gender of Globalization, Book Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of Work in 2011.

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.


Sutton, Barbara. 2017. "Beauty in Places of Horror: Testimonies of Women Survivors of Clandestine Detention Centers in Argentina." ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Spring): 29-32

Sutton, Barbara. 2010. "Situating Memory in Argentina." Contexts 9 (3): 52-57. Print Photo Essay. Preview available at

Nominee for the Claude S. Fischer Award for Excellence in Contexts (a publication of the American Sociological Association) in 2011.

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.