Kathleen Blee

Kathleen Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and History and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She has published two books on racist movements in the U.S., Inside Organized Racism: Women in the Hate Movement and Women of the Klan: Racism and Gender in the 1920s, which draw on her interviews with members of racist groups and observation at racist group events. She has written extensively on methodological issues in studying difficult and inaccessible populations, including issues of emotion, reflexivity, legal concerns, and sampling. She has also co-authored a book on the development of poverty, The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia, and edited two volumes on women in protest movements.