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Pyke, Karen D
Associate Professor of Sociology
Karen Pyke, Ph.D., is a critical race feminist theorist whose primary project concerns internalized racial/gendered oppression among second-generation Asian Americans. In recent research she elaborates intersectional theory through the study of resistance and complicity, and examines the institutional practices maintaining gender inequity among faculty in academia. Her other projects include the study of racialized body self-image, biracial and multi-racial Asian Americans, and the racialized desires of white college students. Pyke is the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Sex and Gender Section for her article, "Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities," which appeared in Gender & Society. Earlier research supported by the National Science Foundation examines the "normal American family" as an ideology shaping the meaning children of Asian immigrants give to their family lives; acculturative differences and power among siblings in Asian immigrant families; the internalization of racialized gender stereotypes in the construction of Asian American female identities, and internalized racism and sub-ethnic identities in Asian American peer groups. Pyke has also studied gender, class, and power in remarriage, and the impact of eldercare on power in aging parent/adult child relations. She received the Jessie Bernard Award for Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship from the National Council on Family Relations for the article, "Class-based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power, " and the Junior Faculty Teaching Award from her university. Pyke is former Vice-President of the Pacific Sociological Association, Deputy Editor for Journal of Family Issues, an Editorial Board Member for Social Currents, and a Member of the Council on Contemporary Families. She was an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, prior to joining UC-Riverside in 2000.
University of Florida
Distinguished Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Sex and Gender Section for "Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities," 2006
Race, Gender, Family, Asian Americans, Power, Qualitative Methods
"'Generational Deserters' and 'Black Sheep': Acculturative Differences Among Siblings in Asian Immigrant Families." 2005. Journal of Family Issues. 26: 1-27.