Featured Faculty: Ali Hendley


Professor Ali Hendley, an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, won the 2017 CHFA Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarly Activity.

Professor Hendley’s research contributes to scholarship on the sociology of gender, culture, and work, as well as the interdisciplinary field of food studies. She recently published “Seeking Self-Verification: Motives for Private and Personal Chefs’ Boundary Work” in Cultural Sociology.  This latest work on private/personal chefs sheds light on an understudied group of workers and adds to our understanding of how gender, race, and class shape intra-occupational hierarchies. This research also offers a new theoretical lens with which to view motives for boundary work, the process by which people distinguish themselves from others.

In addition to her most recent article, Dr. Hendley also published a single-authored book chapter.  Her chapter, entitled “The Culinary ‘Food Chain’: Private and Personal Chefs Negotiate Identity and Status in the Culinary Profession,” appeared in volume 22 of the Advances in Gender Research series by Emerald Group Publishing.  Her chapter is part of Gender and Food: From Production to Consumption and After, which came out in 2016.IMG_2552.JPG

Also in 2016, Dr. Hendley published an entry on “Gender Inequality in Education” in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, a book review of Erynn Masi Casanova’s Buttoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity for Gender & Society, and a review of the film Juggling Gender: Politics, Sex and Identity – A Portrait of Jennifer Miller and Still Juggling in Teaching Sociology.   In addition to this abundant research, Dr. Hendley also has another article in press; her “Passion on the Plate: A Critical Reflection on Career Change and Personal Cheffing” will be published in 2017 by Food & Foodways.  The College of Humanities and Fine Arts congratulates Dr. Hendley on her outstanding research accomplishments.


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