Sturm Hall, 2000 East Asbury Avenue Denver, CO 80208
What I do
Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and Departmental Advisor
Gender and Women's Studies, Social Inequality, Social Change
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 book project (in press), This is Our School! Race and Community Resistance to School Reform (NYU Press). I teach courses on 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 from 2017-2020.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Oregon, 2005
MS, Sociology, University of Oregon, 2000
BA, Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1996
American Sociological Association
Sociologists for Women in Society
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Pacific Sociological Association
Areas of Research
Gender and Women's Studies
Youth and Adolescence
Gordon, H. R. (2021). This Is Our School! Race and Community Resistance to School Reform. New York: New York University Press.
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, 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.
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