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Tristan Bridges

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Contact Information

Office: 206 Hartwell Hall

Office phone: 585-395-5658



Ph.D., Sociology, University of Virginia

Areas of Specialization





Qualitative Methodologies


Introduction to Sociology

Sociology of Men & Masculinities

Sociology of Gender

Sociology of Sexualities

Research Interests

My research is part of a subfield of gender studies: studies on men and masculinities. I am interested in how men resist, reproduce, and ignore changes in gender relations in the United States. Toward this end, I have studied male bodybuilders, pro-feminist men, fathers' rights activists, and a group of male bar regulars. I am currently working on a project with U.S. couples with "man caves" in their homes. I am broadly interested in the flexibility of gender and the persistence of insecurity among men alongside enduring patterns of gender and sexual inequality.

Selected Publications

2016. "Mass Shootings and Masculinity" (with Tara Leigh Tober). Pp. 507-512 in Focus on Social Problems: A Contemporary Reader, edited by Mindy Stombler and Amanda Jungels. New York: Oxford University Press.

2016. "On the Marriageability of Men" (with Melody L. Boyd). Sociology Compass 10(1): 48-64.

2015. Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity, and Change (co-edited with C.J. Pascoe). New York: Oxford University Press.

2014. “Hybrid Masculinities: New Directions in the Sociology of Men and Masculinities” (with C.J. Pascoe). Sociology Compass 8/3: 246-258.

2014. “A Very ‘Gay’ Straight?: Hybrid Masculinities, Sexual Aesthetics, and the Changing Relationship between Masculinity and Homophobia.” Gender & Society 28(1): 58-82.

2013. “Issues of Intimacy, Masculinity, and Ethnography.” In Men, Masculinities, and Methodologies, edited by B. Pini and B. Pease. Palgrave Macmillan.

2011. "Engaging Men in the United States: Soft Essentialism and the Obstacles to Coherent Initiatives in Education and Family Policy" (with Michael Kimmel). Pp. 159- 173 in Men and Masculinities around the World: Transforming Men's Practices, edited by E. Ruspini, J. Hearn, B. Pease and K. Pringle. Palgrave Macmillan.

2011. "Masculinity" (with Michael Kimmel). In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Sociology. Ed. EIC. New York: Oxford University Press.

2010. "Men Just Weren't Made to Do This: Performances of Drag at 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' Marches." Gender & Society 24(1): 5-30.

2009. "Gender Capital and Male Bodybuilders." Body & Society 15(1): 83-107.

Grants & Awards

2016. Scholarly Incentive Grant (with Tara Leigh Tober), The College at Brockport.

2010-2011. University of Virginia Faculty Senate Dissertation Year Fellowship.

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Last Updated 11/9/18

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