Faculty Profile for Dr. Patti Giuffre
Biography and EducationI began teaching at Texas State University in 1998. I became the Assistant Dean of the Graduate College as of February 2021 after serving as the Director of Graduate Programs in the Sociology department for eight years. In that role, I advised graduate students in the MA in Sociology (2013-2021), MS in Applied Sociology (2013-2021), the interdisciplinary MA/MS in Sustainability Studies (2016-2021), and the interdisciplinary MS in Dementia and Aging Studies (2014-2019).
Teaching InterestsI teach courses on gender and qualitative methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Research InterestsMy research areas are work and occupations, gender, sexuality, and qualitative methods. I have conducted research on gender inequality at work, sexual harassment, sexual orientation discrimination, and experiences of LGBTQ workers in “gay-friendly” workplaces. In 2015, Dr. Deborah Harris and I published a book on gender inequality in the culinary industry: Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen (with Rutgers University Press) and we have a new article published on #Metoo in the Restaurant Industry. Most recently, Dr. Gretchen Webber and I have published articles about women's work relationships with other women and on our new study about gendered messages and stereotypes in popular press books that offer advice to women about being successful at work (for example, Lean In, Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner Office, Own It, and How Women Rise).
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Giuffre, P., & Webber, G. (2021). “Be a Gutsy Girl”: Essentialism in Success-at-Work Books for Women. Gender Issues, 38(2), 134-155.
- Giuffre, P., & Caviness, C. (2020). Sexualities in Workplaces, Employment, and Discrimination. In N. Naples (Ed.), Companion to Sexuality Studies.
- Webber, G., & Giuffre, P. (2019). Women’s Relationships with Women at Work: Barriers to Solidarity. Sociology Compass, 13(6), 1–13.
- Caviness, C., & Giuffre, P. (2019). Book review of Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology, edited by D’Lane Compton, Tey Meadow, and Kristen Schilt (editors). Teaching Sociology.
- Harris, D. A., & Giuffre, P. (2015). Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen.
- Award / Honor Recipient: COLA Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University. 2020
- Award / Honor Recipient: Selected as site visit for the Feminist Activism Lecturer, Dr. Kris De Welde, Sociologists for Women in Society. 2017 - 2018
- Award / Honor Recipient: Feminist Mentor Award, Sociologists for Women in Society. 2017
- Award / Honor Recipient: Golden Apple for Service, College of Liberal Arts/Texas State University. 2017
- Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Service, College of Liberal Arts/Texas State University. 2017
Selected Service Activities
Assistant Dean of the Graduate College
MA and MS Sustainability Studies
MA Sociology and MS Applied Sociology
Editorial Review Board Member
Teaching Sociology (American Sociological Association journal)