Lesser Blumberg is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology. She
received her Ph.D. from Northwestern in 1970 and joined the Sociology
Department at the University of Virginia in 1998. She is also Professor
Emerita of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
Her academic work revolves
around two theories. First is a general theory of gender stratification
found in such works as Stratification: Socioeconomic and Sexual Inequality
(Wm. C Brown, 1978); "A General Theory of Gender Stratification"
(Sociological Theory 1984); and Gender, Family, and Economy: The Triple
Overlap (Sage 1991). The second is an evolving theory of gender and economic
development as described in such works as "Making the Case for the
Gender Variable: Women and the Wealth and Well-being of Nations (U.S.A.I.D.
1989) and EnGENDERing Wealth and Well-being: Empowerment for Global Change,
edited by Blumberg, Cathy Rakowski, Irene Tinker and Michael Monteon,
(Westview, 1995). Largely in pursuit of her theories, she has worked in
over 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
Stratification, Gender and Development, Theory, Comparative Sociology,
Third World Development, Comparative Urbanization Ph.D. (1970) Northwestern