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Faculty Fellow

Kristen Schilt

Associate Professor; Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality University of Chicago


Kristen Schilt's research interests center on sociology of gender and sexualities, the sociology of culture, and the sociology of work and occupations. A central focus of her work is finding new ways to make visible the taken-for-granted cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality that serve to naturalize and reproduce social inequality. She is the author of Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology (University of California Press, 2018) and is currently working on a historical sociology book project titled Conceptualizing Agnes: Exemplary Cases and the Disciplines of Gender. The book is part of a larger collaboration with multi-media artist, Chase Joynt, and will be accompanied by an experimental film project.

To learn more about Kristen Schilt's research and publications, please visit her profile page at the Department of Sociology.

Featured Project

Climate Games: Transforming Middle School STEM Education through Transmedia Play

2021 – 2022


Gaming Orientation

Gaming Orientation

The research team on this project developed and launched an alternate-reality game called The Parasite, which helped new students acclimate to a university setting during College Orientation 2017.

The Gaming Orientation project (2016–2019) transformed the University of Chicago’s 2017 college orientation into an immersive, alternate-reality game (ARG) called The Parasite. Incoming students were invited to collaborate on nine challenges, each of which helped them get acclimated to campus...