Hava Gordon

Associate Professor

  • Faculty
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

What I do

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and Departmental Advisor

Professional Biography

I specialize in the social construction of inequalities such as gender, race, class and age; social movements; schooling and education reform politics in the context of neoliberalism; and qualitative research methods. My previous research explored how multiple social inequalities shape youth political movements, and is the subject of my book, We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism (Rutgers University Press), as well as journal articles. My current research focuses on community struggles over urban school reform, and is the subject of my new book project, This is Our School! Race, Resistance, and Community Struggles over School Reform (full manuscript under review and under contract with NYU Press). I teach courses on schooling, gender, globalization, and qualitative methods, as well as service learning courses on social movements and youth cultures. I directed the Gender and Women's Studies Program at DU between 2012-2017 before taking on the role of department chair for Sociology and Criminology in 2017.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon, 2005
  • MS, Sociology, University of Oregon, 2000
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • American Sociological Association
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Pacific Sociological Association

Featured Publications

Gordon, H. R. (2010). We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Gordon, H. R. (2017). Breaking Through and Burning Out: The Contradictory Effects of Young Peoples’ Participation in Institutionalized Movements. Emerald Studies in Media and Communication. Special Issue On Social Movements And Media, 15, 149-176.
Gordon, H. R. (2008). Gendered Paths to Teenage Political Participation: Parental Power, Civic Mobility, and Youth Activism. Gender & Society, 22(1), 31-55.
Gordon, H. R. (2007). Allies Within and Without: How Adolescent Activists Conceptualize Ageism and Navigate Adult Power in Youth Social Movements. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography , 36(6), 631-668.

Awards

  • Provost’s “Champion of Change” Faculty Award, Center for Multicultural Excellence
  • Service Learning Faculty of the Year Award, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, University of Denver
  • Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, Division of Student Life, University of Denver
  • Robin Morgan Outstanding Faculty Award (given for women’s advocacy at the University of Denver), Women's Coalition, University of Denver