Faculty and Staff

Jodi O'Brien, PhD

PhD, Sociology

Professor, Sociology
Associate Appointment, Women and Gender Studies

Phone: 206.296.5384

Building/Room: Casey 310-04


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Religion
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies


Key Publications

  • O’Brien, Jodi (editor). 2009. Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (2 volumes). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • O’Brien, Jodi. 2009. “Sociology as an Epistemology of Contradiction.”  Sociological Perspectives, 52(1): 5-22.
  • O’Brien, Jodi. 2008. “Complicating Homophobia.” Sexualities. Vol.11:496-512.
  • O'Brien, Jodi.  2007.  "Queer Tensions:  The Cultural Politics of Belonging and Exclusion in Same Gender Marriage Debates."  Pp. 125-149 in Interdisciplinary Readings on Sex and Sexuality.  Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • O’Brien, Jodi. 2005. The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings in Social Interaction, 4th Edition. Newbury Park, CA: Pine Forge Press (Sage).
  • O’Brien, Jodi. 2005. “How Big is Your God?  Queer Christian Social Movements.” Pp. 237-261 in Interdisciplinary Readings on Sex and Sexuality. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
  • O'Brien, Jodi. 2004. "Wrestling the Angel of Contradiction: Queer Christian Identities." Culture and Religion, 5:179-202. 
  • O'Brien, Jodi, and Conrad, Shasti, "Gender and Justice: Issues and Trends in Washington State," prepared for the Washington Courts Gender and Justice Commission, May 2006.