Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Manchester Hall, Room 329
Ph.D., 2014, Sociology, University of Connecticut
M.A., 2010, Sociology, University of Connecticut
M.A., 2005, Political Science, Lehigh University
B.A., 2004, Political Science and French, Lehigh University
Professor Katuna earned her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, where she has been affiliated with the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and Human Rights Institute.
She studies gender and leadership; her research considers the possibility of a degendered leadership that does not pose gendered limitations for how we ought to act in leadership roles. Her past research explores gender and leadership in the higher educational setting.
She is also motivated to link conversations in human rights and gender scholarship by applying an intersectional lens to gender-based social problems. Professor Katuna has published human rights research that focuses on the human rights enterprise and women’s rights organizing in Societies Without Borders (2012). She has also published on Hurricane Katrina and human rights matters in the volume, In Our Own Backyard: Human Rights, Injustice, and Resistance in the United States (University of Pennsylvania 2011), edited by William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha. Professor Katuna links her academic interests with her activist interests in advancing human rights. She is a member of the International Committee for Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) and previously served as the lead United Nations delegate to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for SWS and as a student delegate to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition for Sociologists Without Borders.
Katuna, Barret and Elizabeth Holzer. 2016. “Unobtrusively Stretching Law: Legal Education, Activism, and Reclaiming Title IX.” Social Movement Studies.
Katuna, Barret. 2014. “Perpetuating Inequality Through the Canons of Disciplinary Knowledge.” in Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Women Navigating Hostility and Making Change in the Academy, edited by Kris De Welde and Andi Stepnick. Stylus Publishing.
Katuna, Barret and Davita Silfen Glasberg. 2014. “Rules vs. Rights? Social Control, Dignity, and the Right to Housing in the Shelter System.” Societies Without Borders 9:25-47.
Katuna, Barret. 2012. “The Human Rights Enterprise and Women’s Rights Organizing.” Societies Without Borders 7:236-253.
Katuna, Barret. 2011. “Hurricane Katrina and the Right to Food and Shelter.” in In Our Own Backyard: Human Rights, Injustice, and Resistance in the United States, edited by William T. Armaline, Davita Silfen Glasberg, and Bandana Purkayastha.