M.A., Univ. of Connecticut (2005)
B.A., Eastern Connecticut State Univ (2003)
Kristine A. Olsen is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut. Prior to arriving at Trinity College, she taught numerous introductory and upper division courses for UConn’s Department of Sociology, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Some of her most popular courses are discussion-based with a strong social justice component, including Class, Power and Inequality, Women and Poverty, and Women and Violence. Kristine’s research lies in the area of social movements and focuses on the relationship between identity and strategy, especially applied to the U.S. gay and lesbian rights movement. Her dissertation, Negotiating Success: Reconceptualizing Organizational Continuity and Decline in the Movement for Same-Sex Marriage, studies the fate of social movement organizations once they achieve their goals. She recently co-authored (with Mary Bernstein) a review of scholarship on identity deployment in Sociological Compass, and a book chapter (in press) on the movement for same-sex marriage in Connecticut.