Published on May 22, 2012 by Amy
France Winddance Twine (born in Chicago, Illinois) is Professor of Sociology and filmmaker at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the former Deputy Editor of American Sociological Review, the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association. Twine currently serves as a member of the International editorial boards of Sociology, the official journal of the British Sociological Association and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Twine’s research examines the intersections of racial, gender and class inequalities. Her recent publications focus on Gestational Surrogacy and Women and Militarism.
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Twine earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Research Fellow in the Class of 2008-09 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 2007 she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics. She has taught and held tenured professorships at Duke University and the University of Washington in Seattle. Twine is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She is the granddaughter of Paul Twine, Sr., a founding member of the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago, a civil rights organization that played an important role in the social justice movement of the 1960s.
Twine is an ethnographer and a feminist race theorist who has published more than 50 articles, reviews, and books. She has conducted field research in Brazil, Britain and the United States. Her research has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She is the author of A White Side of Black Britain: Interracial Intimacy and Racial Literacy (Duke University Press, 2010), Outsourcing the Womb (Routledge, 2011) and Racism in a Racial Democracy: the maintenance of white supremacy in Brazil (Rutgers University Press, 1997) and an editor of five volumes including Retheorizing Race and Whiteness in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges (Routledge, 2011) and Feminism and Anti-Racism: international struggles for justice (New York University Press, 2000).
Her articles, film reviews and book reviews have appeared in English and Brazilian Portuguese in international journals: the DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Estudos Afroasiaticos, Feminist Studies, Meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Social Identities, Race and Class, and Transition. Twine is currently working on a transnational project examining gestational surrogacy. Twine has recently completed a book on women and guns that is forthcoming from Routledge in 2012. She is currently working on a book project with Bradley Gardener entitled Geographies of Privilege which will be published in late 2012 by Routledge. Her most important theoretical contribution is the concept of racial literacy which was first published in a 2004 journal article and developed in her book A White Side of Black Britain.