Judith Wittner, PhD
Title/s: Professor Emerita
Specialty Area: Families, Gender, Qualitative Methods, Popular Culture, Social Theory
Office #: Coffey 412
Dr. Wittner is a Professor of Sociology at Loyola University, Chicago and an ethnographer specializing in gender studies. She received my undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She studied in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University for two years, but left after the birth of my first child. Drawn back to school by the student movements of the 60s, Dr. Wittner enrolled in Roosevelt University where she received a Master's degree in Political Science in 1971 and taught some of the first women's studies courses offered in Chicago. In 1973 she entered the PhD program in sociology at Northwestern University and received her PhD in 1977. She helped to establish the Women's Studies Program at Loyola in 1979, the first such program at a Jesuit University, and directed the program for five years.
Dr. Wittner has taught ethnography and gender workshops in Ile Ife, Nigeria, San Salvador, El Salvador, Kaunas, Lithuania, as well as in Chicago.
Professional & Community Affiliations
Dr. Wittner has also worked with numerous community groups and agencies, including the Center for Impact Research, Women Employed, the Center for Cultural Understanding at the Field Museum, Hull House Feminist Advocates, Girls' Best Friend Foundation, the West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (UCSF), Women United for a Better Chicago, United Way of Chicago and the Illinois Council on Teenage Pregnancy.
Dr. Wittner teaches courses in qualitative methods, families, gender, the sociology and politics of food at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.