Barbara Sutton

Barbara Sutton

Professor and Chair, WGSS
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies

PhD, Sociology, University of Oregon


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Professor Sutton is on sabbatical for 2020-2021

Barbara Sutton is a Professor in 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.


  • 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