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Katja Guenther

Katja Guenther

Associate Professor

Gender and Sexuality Studies
2033A CHASS Interdisciplinary Building
(951) 827-4843 (GSST department)

Research Areas

  • Feminist movements and resistance, gender and the state, ethnography, post-socialism, secularism, animals and gender


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


Katja M. Guenther’s research focuses on gender, social movements, and the state in comparative perspective. Her first book, Making Their Place: Feminism After Socialism in Eastern Germany (Stanford University Press, 2010) examines how gender and opportunities for feminist resistance vary across places and scales of governance. She is continuing to conduct research on feminist social movements in post- socialist Europe, as well as engaging in two other research projects. The first of these examines gender politics within secular social movement organizations in the US with a particular emphasis on understanding how discourses of science and rationality exclude women. The second explores race, class, and gender issues in human-animal relationships and the policing of such relationships through state agencies like animal control services. Her work has been published in journals such as Gender & SocietyMobilization, Signs, and Politics & Gender, among others. Prof. Guenther enjoys SCUBA diving, traveling off of the beaten path, and hiking with her dogs.



  • 2010 Guenther, Katja M. Making Their Place: Feminism after Socialism in Eastern Germany. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

  • 2015 Guenther, Katja M., Natasha Radojcic, and Kerry Mulligan. “Humor, Collective Identity, and Framing in the New Atheist Movement.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 38: 203-227. 
  • 2014 Guenther, Katja M. “Bounded by Disbelief: How Atheists in the United States Differentiate Themselves from Religious Believers.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 29 (1): 1-16. 
  • 2013 Guenther, Katja M. and Kerry Mulligan with Cameron Papp. “From the Outside In: Crossing Boundaries to Build Collective Identity in the New Atheist Movement.” Social Problems 60(4):457-475.
  • 2012 Guenther, Katja M. “A Movement without Memory: Feminism and Collective Memory in Post-Socialist Eastern Germany.” Mobilization 17(2): 157-174.
  • 2011 Guenther, Katja M. “The Possibilities and Pitfalls of NGO Feminism in Eastern and Central Europe.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 36(4): 863-887. 
  • 2011 Guenther, Katja M., Sadie Pendaz, and Fortunata Songora Makene. “The Impact of Intersecting Dimensions of Inequality and Identity on the Racial Status of Eastern African Immigrants.” Sociological Forum 26 (1): 98-120.
  • 2011 Guenther, Katja M. “Practice Makes Imperfect: Sociology of Social Inequalities for Political Engagement.” Pages 58-64 in Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success, edited by Christine Cress ad David Donahue. Sterling, VA: Stylus.
  • 2010 Guenther, Katja M. “The Strength of Weak Coalitions: Transregional Feminism in Eastern Germany since Unification.” Pages 119-142 in Strategic Alliances: New Studies of Social Movement Coalitions, edited by Nella van Dyke and Holly McCammon. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • 2009 Guenther, Katja M. “The Politics of Names: Rethinking the Methodological and Ethical Significance of Naming People, Organizations, and Places.” Qualitative Research 9 (4) 411-424.
    • Reprinted in Data Collection, edited by W. Paul Voigt. London: Sage.
  • 2009 Guenther, Katja M. “The Impact of Emotional Opportunity Structures on the Emotion Cultures of Feminist Organizations.” Gender & Society 23 (3): 337-362. 
  • 2008 Guenther, Katja M. “Understanding Policy Diffusion across Feminist Movements: The Case of Gender Mainstreaming.” Politics & Gender 4 (4): 587-613. 
  • 2007 Boyle, Elizabeth Heger, Trina Smith, and Katja M. Guenther. “The Rise of the Child as an Individual in Global Society.” Pp. 255-283 in Youth, Globalization, and the Law, edited by Sudhir Venkatesh and Ronald Kassimir. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • 2006 Guenther, Katja M. “‘A Bastion of Sanity in a Crazy World’: A Local Feminist Movement and the Reconstitution of Scale, Space, and Place in an Eastern German City.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society 13 (4): 551-575.
  • 2003 Guenther, Katja M. “A Case Study of Eastern German Feminist Organizing, 1990-2000.” Journal of Women’s History 15 (3): 139-43.
  • 2003 Hartmann, Douglas, Paul Croll, and Katja M. Guenther. “Rethinking the Race Relations Problematic in American Sociology.” The American Sociologist 34(3): 20-55.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

Tel: (951) 827-4843
Fax: (951) 827-6386


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