Wendy M. Christensen, sociology, mothers of the military Wendy Christensen - William Paterson University
Department of Sociology

Wendy Christensen


Office: Raubinger 455
Phone: (973) 720-3937
Email: christensenw@wpunj.edu
Office Hours: M/W 11-12pm; T 2-4pm; and by appointment

Department: Sociology
Position: Associate Professor & Assistant Chairperson
URL: http://wendyphd.weebly.com/

Wendy M. Christensen received her M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2010) in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

militarymoms-smallProfessor Christensen's research focuses on how political participation is shaped by social inequalities. She particularly interested in how institutions, like the media, the military, and the family, contribute to the shaping of political engagement. Her book, Mothers of the Military: Support and Politics During Wartime, is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Press (August 2018). In it she follows the mothers of U.S. service members in the War on Terrorism through the stages of recruitment, deployment, and post-deployment, examining what kinds of support are needed during war, who provides that support, and what impact does that support have on engagement in the political process. Her current research examines grassroots political organizing, focusing on how issues of inequality play out in local political activism.

Professor Christensen teaches classes in social movements, social stratification, research methods, political sociology, sociology of gender, sociology of the family, war and military, sociology of culture, sociology of news media.

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