Michael Kimmel in 2012
Michael Scott Kimmel
February 26, 1951
|Alma mater||Vassar College (B.A.)|
Brown University (M.A.)
University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.)
|Thesis||Absolutism and its discontents: fiscal crisis and political opposition in seventeenth century France and England (1981)|
|Institutions||Stony Brook University|
|Main interests||Gender studies, men's studies, masculinities, men and feminism|
Michael Scott Kimmel (born February 26, 1951) is an American retired sociologist specializing in gender studies. He was Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University in New York and is the founder and editor of the academic journal Men and Masculinities. Kimmel is a spokesman of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and a longtime feminist. In 2013, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, where he is Executive Director. In 2018 he was publicly accused of sexual harassment. He filed for retirement before any charges from a Title IX investigation could be laid.
Born into a secular Jewish family, Kimmel earned a B.A. with distinction from Vassar College in 1972; an M.A. from Brown University in 1974; and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 with a dissertation titled: Absolutism and its Discontents: Fiscal Crisis and Political Opposition in Seventeenth Century France and England.
Before joining the Stony Brook University faculty in 1987, Kimmel worked as assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University from 1982 to 1986 as well as visiting assistant professor at New York University. He returned to his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley, where he was visiting professor from 1992 to 1994. In the academic year 1992–1993, he was voted "Best Professor" on campus by The Daily Californian.
Kimmel is considered a leading figure in the academic subfield of men's studies. He has written numerous books on gender and masculinities including Men's Lives (2010, 8th edition), The Gendered Society (2011, 4th edition), Manhood: a Cultural History (2012, 3rd edition), and Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008). He has co-edited The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2005) and Men and Masculinities: a Social, Cultural and Historical Encyclopedia (2004) which was named "Best of Reference 2004" by the New York Public Library. Moreover, he is the editor of a series on genders and sexualities at New York University Press. In 1992–1993, Kimmel founded the journal Masculinities which was associated with the American Men's Studies Association. The journal was a precursor to the journal Men and Masculinities which was picked up by SAGE Publications in 1998 and became one of the first academic journals focused on men, with Kimmel as its editor.
In 2004, Kimmel was one of 15 scholars chosen for innovative scholarship by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. His research title was "Globalization and its Mal(e)contents: The Gendered Moral and Political Economy of the Extreme Right".
In an article about a "fight club" in Menlo Park, California, Kimmel remarked that there was a sadomasochistic thread running through them, and said they "are the male version of the girls who cut themselves. [...] All day long these guys think they're the captains of the universe, technical wizards. They're brilliant but empty. [...] They want to feel differently. They want to get hit, they want to feel something real."
Accusations of sexual misconduct and resignation
Just before receiving the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award in 2018, Kimmel was accused of sexual harassment. Soon after, the American Sociological Association provided a statement by him to the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article that outlined unconfirmed allegations of sexual harassment. In this statement, he delayed receipt of the award, giving his accusers six months to file a complaint with the American Sociological Association's Committee on Professional Ethics. Kimmel filed for retirement before any charges from a Title IX investigation could be laid.
Several of Kimmel's former graduate students have since accused him of using outdated language to describe the trans community, discussing pornography in work-related settings, and assigning non-work related tasks to his advisees. Neither Kimmel nor the American Sociological Association have verified or responded to the claims.
- Kimmel, Michael (1988). Absolutism and its Discontents: State and Society in 17th Century France and England. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction. ISBN 978-0-88738-180-5.
- Kimmel, Michael (1990). Revolution: A Sociological Interpretation. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-0-87722-736-6.
- Kimmel, Michael (1991). Men Confront Pornography. New York: Crown. ISBN 978-0-517-56931-3.
- Kimmel, Michael (1992). Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the U.S., 1776–1990. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press. ISBN 978-0-8070-6760-4.
- Kimmel, Michael; Danuta Walters, Suzanna. Intersections: transdisciplinary perspectives on genders and sexualities. New York: New York University Press. OCLC 800925019.
- Kimmel, Michael, ed. (1995). The Politics of Manhood. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1-56639-365-2.
- Kimmel, Michael, ed. (1996) . Changing Men: New Directions in the Study of Men and Masculinity. Newbury Park, California: SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-0-8039-2996-8.
- Kimmel, Michael; Aronson, Amy, eds. (2004). Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-57607-774-0.
- Kimmel, Michael; Hearn, Jeff; Connell, Raewyn, eds. (2005). Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-0-7619-2369-5.
- Kimmel, Michael (2005). The Gender of Desire: Essays on Masculinity. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-6337-6.
- Kimmel, Michael (2008). Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. New York: Harper. ISBN 978-0-06-083135-6.
- Kimmel, Michael; Ferber, Abby L., eds. (2010) . Privilege: a reader (2nd ed.). Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. ISBN 978-0-8133-4426-3.
- Kimmel, Michael (2010). Misframing men: the politics of contemporary masculinities. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-4762-6.
- Kimmel, Michael; Messner, Michael (2010) . Men's Lives (8th ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 978-0-205-69294-1.
- Kimmel, Michael (2011) . The gendered society (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539902-8.
- Kimmel, Michael; Aronson, Amy (2011). Sociology now: the essentials (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 978-0-205-73199-2.
- Kimmel, Michael (2012) . Manhood in America: A Cultural History (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-978155-3.
- Kimmel, Michael (2013). Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era. New York: Nation Books. ISBN 978-1-56-858696-0.
- Kimmel, Michael (2018). Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into―and Out of―Violent Extremism. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0520292635.
- Kimmel, Michael S. (September 1987). "Men's responses to feminism at the turn of the century". Gender & Society. 1 (3): 261–283. doi:10.1177/089124387001003003. JSTOR 189564. S2CID 145428652.
- Kimmel, Michael S. (May–June 2001). "The kindest un-cut: feminism, Judaism, and my son's foreskin". Tikkun. 16 (3): 43–48.[permanent dead link]
- Kimmel, Michael S. (November 2002). "'Gender symmetry' in domestic violence: a substantive and methodological research review". Violence Against Women. 8 (11): 1332–1363. doi:10.1177/107780102237407. S2CID 74249845. Pdf.
- Kimmel, Michael S.; Smith, Tyson (Spring 2005). "The hidden discourse of masculinity in gender discrimination law". Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 30 (3): 1827–1849. doi:10.1086/427524. S2CID 145298430.
- Kimmel, Michael S.; Llewellyn, Cheryl (2012). "Homosexuality, gender nonconformity, and the neoliberal state". Journal of Homosexuality. 59 (7): 1087–1094. doi:10.1080/00918369.2012.699865. PMID 22925062. S2CID 7117158.
- Kimmel, Michael S. (Summer 2012). "When history intervenes". Contexts. 11 (3): 80. doi:10.1177/1536504212456192. S2CID 147535060.
- Kimmel, Michael S.; Coston, Bethany M. (2013). "White men as the new victims: reverse discrimination cases and the men's rights movement". Nevada Law Journal. 13 (2): 5.
- Peacock, Scot (2002). Contemporary authors: new revision series. 99. Detroit, Mich.: Gale. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-7876-4608-0.
- Korgen, Kathleen Odell; White, Jonathan M.; White, Shelley (2011). Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press. p. 175. ISBN 978-1-4129-8283-2.
- "Biography". Stony Brook University. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Hanna Rosin (November 22, 2013). "Even Madder Men". New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
- "Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities". Stony Brook. Archived from the original on 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
- Ratcliffe, Rebecca (August 15, 2018). "Women's rights campaigner accused of sexual harassment". The Guardian. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- Flaherty, Colleen (August 10, 2018). "Michael Kimmel's former student is putting a name and details to those harassment 'rumors'". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
- Michael Kimmel, "Judaism, masculinity, Feminism" in Men's Lives, 3rd edition, edited by Michael Kimmel and Michael Messner (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1995)
- "Curriculum Vitae" Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine. Stony Brook University. Retrieved May 17. 2012.
- "Michael Scott Kimmel (1974)". University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Bronner, Simon J., ed. (2005). Manly Traditions: The Folk Roots of American Masculinities. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. pp. 38–39. ISBN 978-0-253-34613-1.
- Yang, Wesley (September 7, 2008). "Nasty Boys". The New York Times.
- "Best of Reference 2004: Superheroes of Reference". New York Public Library. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Genders and Sexualities". New York University Press. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "House-husbands and techno-sperm". Times Higher Education. October 8, 1999. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Class of 2004 Carnegie Scholars Announced". Carnegie Corporation of New York. May 7, 2004. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- Robertson, Jordon (29 May 2006). "The first rule of Silicon Valley fight club is..." NBC News. May 26, 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- Coston, Bethany M. (August 9, 2018). "Reclaiming my fear: I will no longer stay silent about Michael Kimmel". Medium. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- Mangan, Katherine (August 1, 2018). "'I Want to Hear Those Charges': Noted Sociologist Defers Award Until He Can 'Make Amends'". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
- Faculty page for Kimmel Stony Brook University
- Transcript of an interview with Kimmel in the PBS documentary No Safe Place: Violence Against Women, March 27, 1998
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Articles online
- "Gender Equality: Not for Women Only", a lecture prepared for International Women's Day Seminar, European Parliament, Brussels, March 8, 2001
- "Gender, Class and Terrorism", The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 8, 2002
- "Toward A Pedagogy of the Oppressor", Tikkun, November/December 2002
- "About a Boy", Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly, volume 100, issue 1, Winter 2003
- "A Black woman took my job – Michael Kimmel argues that it is in men's interest to work for gender equality", New Internationalist 373, November 1, 2004
- "Global Masculinities: Restoration and Resistance", Gender Policy Review