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Heather McKee Hurwitz

Barnard College
University of California Santa Barbara
Broom Center Affiliation(s): 

Graduate Student Fellow

Heather McKee Hurwitz, Ph.D. is a Visiting Researcher at the Broom Center for Demography and a Lecturer of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara. Heather's work focuses on the Broom Center theme of "Sex and Gender."

In June 2015, Heather completed the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara. 

Heather's goals are to research and transform how gender processes and other social inequalities matter to the development of contemporary mixed-gender organizations including social movements and workplaces, tactics and strategies for social change, and culture.  She uses and teaches both qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Currently, she is writing an article on the organizational/structural dynamics of the Occupy Wall Street Movement's gender regime for submission to Gender & Society and is revising her dissertation for publication as a book. Her article argues that even though Occupy sought to be a non-hierarchical, democratic, and egalitarian organization, leaderlessness, structurelessness, and volunteer participation along with the threat of police repression created a male-dominated organization that led to the marginalization of women leaders. Her book project is entitled "The 51%: Gender, Feminism, and Culture in the Occupy Wall Street Movement." Her work illuminates how the uneven and stalled gender revolution has impacted not only the workplace, families, and education, but also contemporary mixed-gender social movements. Also, Heather is writing about Occupy as a global social movement and women's online activism.

Heather's research contributes to our understanding of the significant role of gender composition and conflict in social movements, even those that are not primarily concerned with women’s rights, and how feminism develops in a variety of organizational forms within diverse institutions and movements. 

 
For more information, and to get to know Heather, please visit http://www.heathermckeehurwitz.com/ or email her at hurwitz@umail.ucsb.edu
Visiting Date/s: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Monday, August 31, 2015

Heather accepted a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, at Columbia University.

Heather completed the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2015. 

Heather's research contributes to our understanding of the significant role of gender composition and conflict in social movements, even those that are not primarily concerned with women’s rights, and how feminism develops in a variety of organizational forms within diverse institutions and movements. 

For more information, and to get to know Heather, please visit http://www.heathermckeehurwitz.com/ or email her at hurwitz@umail.ucsb.edu

Contributor to Broom Center Theme(s): 
Broom Center Publications
Earl, Jennifer, Heather McKee Huwitz, Analicia Mejia Mesinas, Margaret Tolan and Ashley Arlotti.
"This Protest Will Be Tweeted: Twitter and protest policing during the Pittsburgh G20."
Information Communication and Society, 16(4): 459-478. 2013.