Judith Stacey

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Judith Stacey
Born1943 (age 74–75)
Occupationwriter, professor, sociologist
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan

Judith Stacey (born 1943) is an author and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Sociology at New York University.[1] Her primary focus areas include family studies, gender studies, queer studies, and sexuality. Her book Unhitched explores family configurations that deviate from the standard Western concept of "marriage", including polygamous families in South Africa, the Mosuo people in southwestern China, and intimacy and parenthood among gay men in Los Angeles, California. She has published many works.[2] Her paper, co-authored with Timothy Biblarz, "How Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?" found that children with gay or lesbian parents "are well-adjusted, have good levels of self-esteem and are as likely to have high educational attainments as children raised in more traditional heterosexual families."[3]

Stacey received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1964. She received her Master of Arts in history from the University of Illinois in 1968, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis in 1979.[4] In 1971, Stacey founded the women's studies program at Richmond College (which became the College of Staten Island, City University of New York).[5] She was on the faculty of the University of California, Davis from 1979–1997 and was the Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California (1997-2008) before moving to NYU in 2003.

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Unhitched - Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China (2011)
  • In The Name Of The Family (1996)[6]
  • Brave New Families (1990)
  • Patriarchy and Socialist Revolution in China (1983)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  2. ^ "Tey Meadow and Judith Stacey " The Immanent Frame". Blogs.ssrc.org. 2008-06-18. Archived from the original on 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  3. ^ Silsby, Gilien (2001-05-30). "Sociology: Study examines gender roles of children with gay parents". Usc.edu. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  4. ^ "Judith Stacey". Sca.as.nyu.edu. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
  5. ^ Love, Barbara J. Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
  6. ^ "Judith Stacey: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01.