Rae Blumberg

Rae Blumberg

William R Kenan, Jr Professor, Department of Sociology

PO Box 400766
Cabell Hall, 545
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4766 

Research Interests

My academic work emphasizes two theories. First is a general theory of gender stratification (see, e.g., Stratification: Socioeconomic and Sexual Inequality (Wm. C. Brown 1978), "A General Theory of Gender Stratification" (Sociological Theory 1984); Gender, Family and Economy: The Triple Overlap (Sage 1991) and "Extending Lenski's Schema to Hold Up Both Halves of the Sky" (Sociological Theory 2004)). The second is an evolving theory of gender and economic development (see, e.g., "Income under Female vs. Male Control" (Journal of Family Issues 1988); "Making the Case for the Gender Variable: Women and the Wealth and Well-being of Nations" (USAID 1989) and EnGENDERing Wealth and Well-being: Empowerment for Global Change," ed. by Blumberg, et al. (Westview 1995). My work in development began with Peace Corps in Venezuela; since then I’ve worked in over 40 countries worldwide, in almost every sub-sector of development - often while also pursuing my theories.



  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Northwestern University
  • Master of Arts (MA), Northwestern University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Northwestern University