Ruth Frankenberg

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Ruth Frankenberg
Ruth Alice Emma Frankenberg

(1957-09-17)September 17, 1957
DiedApril 22, 2007(2007-04-22) (aged 49)
Cause of deathLung cancer
Alma materNew Hall, Cambridge, University of California, Santa Cruz
Known forWhiteness studies
Partner(s)Lata Mani
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington, University of California, Davis
ThesisWhite women, race matters: the social construction of whiteness (1988)

Ruth Alice Emma Frankenberg (17 September 1957 in Cardiff, Wales – 22 April 2007 in Bangalore, India) was a British–American sociologist and feminist, known for her pioneering work in the field of whiteness studies.[1][2]

Ruth Frankenberg was the daughter of Ronald Frankenberg (1929–2015), who was also an anthropologist and Alison Sherratt. Her partner Lata Mani is also an anthropologist. She is the author of White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness.

Born in Wales, she was educated in Cambridge and at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


  1. ^ Haraway, Donna (2007-07-08). "Obituary: Ruth Frankenberg". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
  2. ^ "Dedication". Ethnic and Racial Studies. 31 (1): v. 2008-01-01. doi:10.1080/01419870701718404. ISSN 0141-9870.