Texas Tech University

Media & Communication Dean Serves as Editor of Book Examining Gender, Work

Aleesa Ross

April 29, 2016


Miglena Sternadori and a professor from South Dakota compiled contributions that look at how society defines the concepts of work and having everything else.

Miglena Sternadori
Miglena Sternadori

Miglena Sternadori, the assistant dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Media & Communication, served as co-editor of the book “Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality Resistance and Identity,” which examines how society defines the concepts of work and having it all.

The book, scheduled for release on Monday (May 1), also was edited by Carolyn Prentice, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of South Dakota.

“The book's most important element, to me, is that no assumptions are to be left unchallenged and nothing is to be taken for granted,” Sternadori said. “This is a theme that runs across the book's 16 chapters, which come from a variety of contributors and teams.”

Sternadori said the idea for the book came from a proposal she wrote for a Gender and Work conference where she had the opportunity to hear insights from professors and administrators who studied implicit bias against female faculty in the workplace.

“The project took about two years, starting from the time I wrote the call for proposals for the Gender and Work conference, which became the foundation for this book,” Sternadori said. “The idea for the book was fully formed in the spring of 2015, after the conference, where many of the presentations were so outstanding that they clearly deserved to be shared with a wider audience.”

Robert Peaslee
Robert Peaslee

Robert Peaslee, chairman of the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, called Sternadori's work in gender and media studies “vital and timely.”

“We are very fortunate to have her as a colleague and a leader in our college,” Peaslee said. “This volume will be useful to scholars and students across a variety of disciplines and further demonstrates the quality, rigor and diversity of research being conducted by our faculty.”

Sternadori said the book is a widely interdisciplinary collection that appeals to a scholarly audience.
“It sends the message there is no single way to investigate and define individual fulfillment and social justice,” Sternadori said. “I hope any reader who leafs through the book would be willing to check out a chapter that is outside of his or her area of expertise. As Einstein said, ‘If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research.'”

Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance and Identity” can be purchased from Cambridge Scholars' website and will be available for purchase on Amazon and as an e-book in the near future.