O’Brien Named Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity

Written by Laura Paskin
March 18, 2013

Professor Jodi O’Brien, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, has been selected as the 2013-15 Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity. The Wismer professorship provides funding for research and activities to advance scholarship. The two-year appointment, which was made by Provost Isiaah Crawford, begins July 1, 2013.

As the Wismer Professor, O’Brien's scholarship will focus on the development of a new book that will tie together her current teaching, scholarship, and activism work. Tentatively titled Beyond Tolerance: The Cultural Politics of Belonging, the book is organized around three central concepts: the paradox of perspective, the paradox of power, and epistemologies of contradiction.

O’Brien received her Ph.D. from University of Washington, and has been a faculty member at Seattle University since 1995. Her research focuses on institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia, and related forms of discrimination. In addition to her scholarship, she co-edits the sociology magazine Contexts.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.