Wendy M. Christensen, sociology, mothers of the military
Office: Raubinger 455
Phone: (973) 720-3937
Office Hours: M/W 11-12pm; T 2-4pm; and by appointment
Position: Associate Professor & Assistant Chairperson
Wendy M. Christensen received her M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2010) in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor 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.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470