Curriculum Vitae

Rae Blumberg


Rae Lesser Blumberg is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1970 and joined the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia in 1998. She is also Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Her academic work revolves around two theories. First is a general theory of gender stratification found in such works as Stratification: Socioeconomic and Sexual Inequality (Wm. C Brown, 1978); “A General Theory of Gender Stratification” (Sociological Theory 1984); and Gender, Family, and Economy: The Triple Overlap (Sage 1991). The second is an evolving theory of gender and economic development as described in such works as “Making the Case for the Gender Variable: Women and the Wealth and Well-being of Nations (U.S.A.I.D. 1989) and Engendering Wealth and Well-being: Empowerment for Global Change, edited by Blumberg, Cathy Rakowski, Irene Tinker and Michael Monteon, (Westview, 1995). Largely in pursuit of her theories, she has worked in over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

Gender Stratification, Gender and Development, Theory, Comparative Sociology, Third World Development, Comparative Urbanization Ph.D. (1970) Northwestern University.


University of Virginia Sociology Department
Randall 102
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA 22904

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Undergraduate Level

  • SOC 1010 (101) - Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 2320 (232) - Gender & Society
  • SOC 251 - Theories of Global Development
  • SOC 2052 (252) - Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 3470 (347/447) - Sociology of Development
  • SOC 432 - Gender Stratification
  • SOC 433 - Gender, Environment & Development
  • SOC 4350 (435) - Comparative Gender Stratification

Graduate Level

  • SOC 5057 - Sociology of Family
  • SOC 7810 (781) - Social Change & Development
  • SOC 8100 (810) - Gender Stratification and Feminist Theory

Graduate Level

  • USEM 170 - The Cross-Cultural Experience