Kathleen M. Blee

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Kathleen M. Blee (born 1953) is a professor of sociology and Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.[1] Her areas of interest include gender, race and racism, social movements, and sociology of space and place. Special interests include how gender influences racist movements, including work on women in the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.


Blee completed a B.A. in sociology with highest honors in 1974 from Indiana University and an M.S. in 1976, and a Ph.D. 1982 (both in sociology) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


Before taking a position at University of Pittsburgh in 1996, she taught sociology at the University of Kentucky.

Personal life[edit]

Blee is the mother of two children, Eli and Sophie, and resides in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Inside Organized Racism: Women and Men in the Hate Movement (2002, University of California Press)
  • Feminism and Antiracism: Transnational Struggles for Justice (2001, New York University Press, Edited with France Winddance Twine)
  • The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia (2000, Cambridge University Press, written with Dwight Billings
  • No Middle Ground: Women & Radical Protest (1998, New York University Press, Editor)
  • Women of The Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s (1991, New York University Press)


  1. ^ "Kathleen Blee | Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences | University of Pittsburgh". as.pitt.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ Bauder, Bob. "Newsmaker: Kathleen M. Blee". TribLive. Retrieved 9 July 2014.