Jill Bystydzienski

Chair and Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Faculty Affiliate
Dr. Jill Bystydzienski's current research examines barriers to advancement of girls and women in science, technology and engineering fields. She is a co-principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants that focus on women in the sciences and engineering. She also has done work on women, gender and politics in international and global perspective, with politics broadly defined to encompass established political institutions and women's movements, organizations, and actions. Her most recent research in this area focuses on women’s movements and feminisms in post-Soviet countries. Another area of interest is women and gender in cross-cultural perspective, particularly the phenomenon of crossing cultures and cultural barriers, and building coalitions across difference.
Areas of Expertise
  • Women’s movements and feminisms in post-Soviet countries
  • Women, gender and politics in international and global persp
  • Advancement of girls and women in STEM fields
Education
  • B.A.in sociology from McGill University
  • M.A. in sociology from McGill University
  • Ph.D. in educational foundations and sociology from SUNY Albany