Gender plays a crucial role in a wide range of social phenomena. Sociologists of gender explore the construction of gender roles, the intersectional links between gender, status, and inequality. Scholars focusing on family, research it as a social institution with gendered structures and outcomes for health and social functioning.

Faculty members whose area of specialization is the study of Gender and Family are: Shyon Baumann, Monica Boyd, Hae Yeon ChooCynthia Cranford, Bonnie Fox, Adam Green, Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Ping-Chun Hsiung, Charles Jones, John Kervin, Anna Korteweg, Melissa MilkieAnn Mullen, Ito Peng, Judith Taylor, Lorne TeppermanSandy Welsh. and Weiguo Zhang.