Arlene Stein

Arlene Stein is an American sociologist and author. Stein, a lesbian,[1] focuses her work on gender, sexuality, Amer­i­can cul­ture and pol­i­tics. She is a professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University.

Arlene Stein
OccupationAuthor, sociologist, professor
AwardsRuth Benedict Prize
Academic background
Academic work
InstitutionsRutgers University
Notable worksThe Stranger Next Door
Sex and Sensibility


Stein graduated from Amherst College in 1980. She later studied at University of California, Berkeley where she obtained an MA in 1985 and a PhD in 1993.[2] Her research has focused on sexuality, American culture, politics, trauma and memory.[3] She is a professor of sociology at Rutgers University the director of the Institute for Research on Women.[4]


Stein received the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2001 for the monograph, The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community’s Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights. In 2006, Stein received the American Sociological Association's Simon and Gagnon Award for her career contribution to the study of sexualities.[5]

Selected Publications

  • Sex and Sensibility. University of California Press. 1997. ISBN 978-0520206748.
  • The Stranger Next Door: The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights. Beacon Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0807079539.
  • Reluctant Witnesses: Survivors, Their Children, and the Rise of Holocaust Consciousness. Oxford University Press. 2014. ISBN 978-0199733583.
  • Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity. Pantheon Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1524747459.


  1. Stein, Arlene; Seidman, Steven (September 29, 2014). "W(h)ither the Lesbian Nation? Reflections on Millennial Sexualities".
  2. "Faculty: Arlene Stein". Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. "Arlene Stein". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  4. "Book Talk with author Arlene Stein". Maplewood, New Jersey Arts and Culture. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  5. "The Section on the Sociology of Sexualities". American Sociological Association. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
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