||Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Missouri
M.A., Sociology, University of Missouri
B.A., History and Sociology, University of Evansville
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Contemporary African Development Issues, Women's Studies, Environmental Studies
Dr. Gordon grew up in Indiana but has spent most of her post-graduate adult life in South Carolina. After teaching at Coker College, she has been a professor of sociology and coordinator for the Women’s Studies Program, which she helped establish, at Winthrop since the late 1980s. Very much a comparative sociologist, Gordon has traveled and done research in 10 African countries, four Middle Eastern countries, China, and Mexico. She has published books on family policy in the Soviet Union, gender and development in Africa, Nigeria, and a best-selling co-edited textbook on contemporary Africa, soon to be in its fifth edition. Gordon also has published numerous book chapters, journal articles, and encyclopedia articles on a variety of international and comparative topics.
She is married to Donald Gordon, her collaborator on the UCA textbook, who is a professor of political science and director of the Richard Riley Institute at Furman University. They have two sons. Gordon’s extracurricular interests include hiking, biking, kayaking, gardening, and bird watching – reflective of her interest in the environment and outdoors.