Abbey S. Willis
M.A., 2013, Sociology, University of Connecticut
B.A., 2007, Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Connecticut
Sexualities, Sex and Gender, Feminist and Queer Theories, Political Sociology, Reproductive Labor, Theories of the State
I am an instructor and PhD candidate in the Sociology Department and I also teach Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies undergraduate courses. While my current research focuses on non-monogamies, I write broadly on political economy, the state in its various forms, and the ways both affect and are affected by sexuality. I am mainly interested in the sociology of sexualities with a focus on non-monogamy and other non-normative sexualities that aren’t primarily gender-specific. I am particularly interested in the reproduction of monogamy—specifically, the ways in which the state organizes and produces available sexual categories. I am also interested in theories of reproductive labor and care work, especially those rooted in the work of Selma James and Silvia Federici.