France Winddance Twine

France Winddance Twine
Department Vice Chair
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The Body, Ethnography, Intimacy, Privilege, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Visual Sociology, Comparative Racial Studies (Europe/US/South Africa)


Ph.D., UC Berkeley


France Winddance Twine is a Professor of Sociology, an ethnographer, a feminist race theorist and a documentary filmmaker., whose research focuses on multiple dimensions of inequality.  Twine's research has depth and breadth. Her research interests include girlhood, racism and anti-racism, sociology of the body, assisted reproductive technologies, and occupational discrimination.  Her empirical research is theoretically grounded in European social theory, North American critical race theory, and feminist race studies. Twine's research provide case studies that provide a nuanced analysis of the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender inequality on both sides of the Atlantic. Twine has conducted extensive field research on both sides of the Atlantic including: Brazil, Britain, and the United States. The concept of racial literacy is one of Twine's major theoretical contributions. In her earlier research on British interracial families, Twine examined how white English and Irish women developed racial literacy as they negotiated and conceptualized racism (and anti-racism) as members of interracial families and as the parents of children fathered by Black men. This research was published in a A White Side of Black Britain: interracial intimacy and racial literacy (2010).

In 2007, Twine was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and the Gender Institute. In 2008-09, Twine was a Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is the author and editor of 10 books and has more than 72 publications including single authored books, journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, essays and reviews. Her recent publications include Geographies of Privilege (2013, with B. Gardener)

Twine's recent publications include "Technology's Invisible Women: Black Geek Girls in Silicon Valley and the Failure of Diversity Initiatives", in International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies, vol. 1, no. 1: (2018a): 58-79 and

"Making and Breaking Families - reading queer reproduction, stratified reproduction and reproductive justice together", in Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online (2018b), vol. 7: 112-130, with Marcin Smietana and Charis Thompson .

Twine is currently writing a series of articles and a book on race, gender and power in Silicon Valley.


Sociology of the Body (118B)

Race, Class & Gender (255R)

Sociology of Girls and Girlhood (155T)

Theories of Gender Inequality (185G)

Field Research Methods  (211A/B)