Professor of Sociology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Field of Specialty
Contemporary families; historical sociology; sociology of gender, class & race/ethnicity; community studies.
Karen V. Hansen
Professor Karen V. Hansen combines sociology and history in her research and teaching. Her latest project, ENCOUNTER ON THE GREAT PLAINS: SCANDINAVIAN SETTERS AND THE DISPOSSESSION OF DAKOTA INDIANS, 1890-1930, has received support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. ENCOUNTER explores life on a remote Indian reservation in the early twentieth century where Scandinavians began homesteading, with the sanction of the U.S. government. In effect, they dispossessed Dakota Sioux while living as their neighbors ON the reservation. Based on oral histories with elders and analysis of landownership records, the book explores the land taking and in its wake, the coexistence of two profoundly different peoples as they sought to maintain their language, practice their culture, and honor loyalties to more than one nation.
Professor Hansen’s scholarship also focuses on contemporary families. She authored NOT-SO-NUCLEAR FAMILIES: CLASS, GENDER, AND NETWORKS OF CARE, which received the William J. Goode Book Award, Honorable Mention, and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. Combining theoretical frameworks and rich empirical accounts, she has edited two anthologies with Anita Ilta Garey, AT THE HEART OF WORK AND FAMILY and FAMILIES IN THE U.S.
Hansen, Karen V.. "Entangled Encounters and the Oral Archive: Notes from the Field." Concurrences: Archives and Voices in Postcolonial Places. Ed. Diana Brydon, Gunlög Fur, and Peter Forsgen. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2015 (forthcoming)
Hansen, Karen V. with Grey Osterud. "Landowning, Dispossession, and Land Use among Dakota and Scandinavian Women at Spirit Lake, 1900-1929." Gender and History 26. 1 (2014): 105-127.
Hansen, Karen V.. "Breaching Boundaries and Dowsing for Stories on the Great Plains." Open to Disruption: Time and Craft in the Practice of Slow Sociology. Ed. Rosanna Hertz, Margaret K. Nelson, and Anita Garey. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2014. 100-117.
Hansen, Karen V. Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Anita Ilta Garey and Karen V. Hansen. "Introduction: An Eye on Emotion in the Study of Families and Work." At the Heart of Work and Family: Engaging the Ideas of Arlie Hochschild. Ed. Anita Ilta Garey and Karen V. Hansen. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011. 1-14.
Hansen, Karen V. "Land Taking at Spirit Lake: The Competing and Converging Logics of Norwegian and Dakota Women, 1900-1930." Norwegian-American Women: Migration, Communities, and Identities. Ed. Betty Berglund and Lori Ann Lahlum. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011. 211-245.
Hansen, Karen V. "The Asking Rules of Reciprocity." At the Heart of Work and Family: Engaging the Ideas of Arlie Hochschild. Ed. Anita Ilta Garey and Karen V. Hansen. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011. 112-123.
Hansen, Karen V. and Ken Chih-Yan Sun. "Localizing Transnational Norwegians: Exploring Nationalism, Language, and Labor Markets in Early Twentieth-Century North Dakota." Norwegian-American Essays, 2011 13. (2011): 73-107.
Hansen, Karen V., co-ed. Anita Ilta Garey, ed. At the Heart of Work and Family: Engaging the Ideas of Arlie Hochschild. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
Hansen, Karen V. "The Powers of Parental Observation: Constructing Networks of Care." Who's Watching? Daily Practices of Surveillance Among Contemporary Families. Ed. Margaret K. Nelson and Anita Ilta Garey. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009. 175-191.
Hansen, Karen V. and Mignon Duffy. "Mapping the Dispossession: Scandinavian Homesteading at Fort Totten, 1900-1930." Great Plains Research 18. Spring (2008): 67-80.
Hansen, Karen V. Not-So-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.
Hansen, Karen V. "The Asking Rules of Reciprocity in Networks of Care for Children." Qualitative Sociology 12. 4 (2004): 421-437.
Hansen, Karen V., co-ed. Anita Garey. Families in the U.S.: Kinship and Domestic Politics. Temple University Press, 1998.
Hansen, Karen V. "‘No Kisses Is Like Youres’: An Erotic Friendship between African-American Women During the Mid-Nineteenth Century." Gender and History 7. 2 (1995): 153-182.
Hansen, Karen V. A Very Social Time: Crafting Community in Antebellum New England. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
Hansen, Karen V., co-ed. Ilene Philpson. Women, Class and the Feminist Imagination: A Socialist-Feminist Reader. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1990.
|AMST/SOC||125a||History of United States Feminisms|
|GSAS||301d||Interdisciplinary Prospectus Seminar|
|GSAS||302d||Interdisciplinary Dissertation Seminar|
|HIST/SOC||216a||Migration, Dislocation and Dispossession in North American History|
|SOC||130a||Families, Kinship and Sexuality|
|SOC||131b||Biography, Gender, and Society|
|SOC||199b||Senior Capstone Seminar: Sociology in the World|
|SOC||206b||Advanced Topics in Family Studies|
|SOC||210b||Gender, Class, and Race|
|WMGS||208b||Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research Seminar|