Belinda Robnett

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Professor, Sociology
School of Social Sciences
PH.D., University of Michigan
Phone: (949) 824-1648, 2376
Fax: (949) 824-4717
University of California, Irvine
4297 Social Sciences Plaza B
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Social Movements, Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Social Change, African-Americans
Research Abstract
My research interests bridge racial-ethnic inequality, gender relations, and social movements. I seek to understand how gendered-racial-ethnic hierarchies are formed by and maintained within formal and informal societal institutions. I am equally concerned with how these hierarchical relations impact social movement outcomes and marriage market pools. My commitment to the study of the intersection of race-ethnicity and gender came out of my initial research for my book on the role of women in the civil rights movement. Discovering how race-ethnicity and gender impacted the leadership roles within movement organizations, and ultimately the outcome of the civil rights movement, prompted a more general interest in their importance as analytical tools for understanding other social phenomena. I have employed racial and gender analyses and shown their conceptual and theoretical importance to the study of emotions, collective identity, and ideology that influence social movement mobilization, sustenance and outcomes. Over the past several years, I have extended my gender and race-ethnic analyses to the marriage market. Undertaking an ambitious data collection effort on racial preferences in on-line dating, I have contributed to our understanding of the gendered racial-ethnic preferences that govern dating relationships and drive interracial marriage patterns.

Surviving Success: Black Political Organizations in “Post-Racial, Post-Civil
Rights” America, 1970-2010. In Progress.

Social Movements: Identity, Culture, and the State, ed. David Meyer, Belinda
Robnett, and Nancy Whittier. Oxford University Press, 2002

How Long? How Long?: African American Women in the Struggle for Civil Rights. Oxford University Press, 1997.


“Leadership” Belinda Robnett. In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements eds. David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. In Press

“Race, Social Support, and College Student Retention: A Case Study” Christina Baker and Belinda Robnett. Journal of College Student Development. In Press.

“Marketing for Justice: Corporate Social Movement Organizations” Belinda Robnett and Jessica Ayo Alabi. Strategy in Action: Movements and Social Change, Eds. Jeffrey Goodwin, Greg Maney, Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum,and
Deana Rohlinger. University of Minnesota Press. In Press

“Gender, Church Involvement, and African-American Political Participation” Belinda Robnett and James Bany. Sociological Perspectives Vol. 54, No.4 (Fall 2011), pp.689-702.

“Patterns of Racial-Ethnic Exclusion by Internet Daters” Belinda Robnett and Cynthia Feliciano. Social Forces 2011,Vol. 89:3, pp. 807-828.

“Racial Boundaries among Latinos: Evidence from Internet Daters’Racial Preferences” Cynthia Feliciano, Rennie Lee, Belinda Robnett. Social Problems. 2011, Vol. 58:2, pp. 189-212.

“Women Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement” in Gender and Women’s Leadership : A Reference Handbook. Pp. 196-204. Eds. Karen O’Connor and Natalie Greene. Sage Publications. 2010.

“Internet Daters’ Body Type Preferences: Race-Ethnic and Gender Differences” Carol L. Glasser, Belinda Robnett, and Cynthia Feliciano. Sex Roles 2009, Vol. 61 Nos. 1-2 July.

“Gendered Racial Exclusion among White Internet Daters” Cynthia Feliciano, Belinda Robnett, and Golnaz Komaie. Social Science Research, 2009 Vol. 38:39-54
Professional Societies
Sex and Gender Section , American Sociological
Collective Behavior and Social Movement Sectio
Research Centers
Center For the Study of Democracy, Council Member 2008-Present
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