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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.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology and Women’s Studies Certificate, University of Pittsburgh in 2006
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of Memphis
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Memphis
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Georgia

Teaching Areas

  • Intro to Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Global Perspectives on Women’s Issues
  • Feminist Frameworks
  • Seminar in Women’s Studies

Research Areas

  • Immigration reform movement in the United States
  • Gender-based asylum in the United States

Recent Publications

  • Oxford, C. (2008). Acts of resistance in asylum seekers’ persecution narratives. In . R. I. Buff (Ed.), Immigrant rights in the shadows of United States citizenship. New York: New York University Press.
  • Oxford, C. (2007). Changing the research question: Lessons from qualitative research. In L. DeSipio, M. G. Griego, & S. Kossoudji (Eds.), Researching migration: Stories from the field (pp. 116–129). New York: SSRC Books.
  • Oxford, C. (2007). Review of Melanie Kay/Kantrowitz. The colors of Jews: Racial politics and radical diasporism. Women in Judaism: A multidisciplinary journal. 5(1).
  • Oxford, C. (2005). Protectors and victims in the gender regime of asylum. National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 17(3), 18–38.
  • Oxford, C. (2004). Review of Hernán Vera and Andrew M. Gordon, Screen saviors: Hollywood fictions of whiteness. Contemporary Sociology, 33(2), 567–568.
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