Kate Slevin

Kate Slevin
  • Former Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Chancellor Professor, Sociology
  • Archived Blogger

About Kate Slevin

Areas of Specialization
Aging, Gender and Inequalities

The major focus of my research is to highlight age as a core site of social inequality. I explore age relations and their intersections with gender, race, class and other social hierarchies. Within this focus I have researched and written about retired professional African American women and about old gays and lesbians.

B. Soc. Sc., University College, Dublin
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Georgia

Courses Taught
Principles of Sociology; Sociology of Aging; Sociology of Work

I have published a number of articles and book chapters on aging issues. In addition, I have published three books:

From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones: The Life Experiences of Fifty Professional African American Women, New York University Press, 1998 (with C. Ray Wingrove)
Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging 2001, which is part of the Gender Lens Series published by Altamira Press (with Toni M. Calasanti)
Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking, Routledge, 2006 (with Toni M. Calasanti)

In 2009 as president of The Southern Sociological Society I delivered an address: “‘If I had lots of money… I’d have a body makeover”: Managing the Aging Body.” This address was published in 2010 in Social Forces.

Posts by Kate Slevin

W&M Freshman Seminars: Private Education at a Public University

Having just completed another freshman seminar I am reminded of what a rewarding experience it is for student and professor. Although, I suspect that most students

Diversity: A Complex Issue

Diversity is a highly charged and sometimes misunderstood concept. The academy faces its own share of tensions and misunderstandings about what it is and how it

Ten Essays and a Cup of Tea

Grading papers is a necessary chore for faculty and it is one that is the subject of much dread and complaint on the part of

What’s to Like About Committee Work?

A lot. And I am not being a Pollyanna when I say that. Of course, there are negative sides to committee work-and I have personally experienced

Tough Love

Every fall for the past 10 years or so the student affairs staff invite me to talk to their student leadership group which meets

My Version of “TMI”

Spend any time around teenagers or college students in recent years and one becomes familiar with their slang expression “TMI” (“Too Much Information”). I

Faculty Mentors: Making a Difference

Shannon (a pseudo name) graduated 2 years ago. We were in regular contact while she was a student at W and M and we

A Day of Academic Advising

Half hour appointments started at 9 a.m. and ran through 4.40. p.m; one half hour break for lunch. While I have been doing academic