Mary Margaret Fonow


Director of the School of Social Transformation and Professor/Head Faculty of Women and Gender Studies


School of Social Transformation


Mary Margaret Fonow was named Director of Women and Gender Studies in 2004 and Director of the School of Social Transformation in 2008. Before joining the Arizona State University faculty she was an Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the Ohio State University. Her research interests include feminism and transnational labor activism, women and work, and social movements. Fonow has conducted comparative research on workplace change in U.S., Canada and Australia and has recently concluded a study of women's transnational labor activism in male dominated unions in the metal trades. Her new work focuses on the reformulation of labor rights and women's rights as human rights. Fonow provides national leadership for the research training of doctoral students in the field of women and gender studies and is a member of the UNESCO Women and Gender Research Network. She has served on the editorial boards of Gender & Society, NWSA Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, and the Australian Journal of Sociology.