Dr. Connie Oxford
Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies
Connie Oxford received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Women’s Studies Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. She has two M.A. degrees from the University of Memphis, one in sociology and one in political science, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis explored how Somali refugee women were adjusting to their new gender, race, and class identities after being resettled in Memphis, Tennessee. Her dissertation research on gender-based asylum in the United States was an ethnographic study of female migrants with persecution claims such as female circumcision, domestic violence, rape, coercive family planning, forced marriage, and honor killings. Her current research project focuses on the immigration reform movement in the United States. This project examines how gender, race, and class inform immigration reform activists’ understanding of citizenship. Dr. Oxford teaches Intro to Gender & Women’s Studies, Global Perspectives on Women’s Issues, Feminist Frameworks, and Seminar in Women’s Studies.