Kath Weston

Kath Weston (born 2 November 1958) is an American anthropologist, author and academic. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has twice received the Ruth Benedict Prize for anthropological works.

Kath Westton
Born (1958-11-02) 2 November 1958
OccupationAnthropologist, professor
AwardsRuth Benedict Prize, Michelle Rosaldo Book Prize
Academic background
Academic work
DisciplinePolitical Economy
Political Ecology
Gender & sexuality
InstitutionsUniversity of Virginia
Notable worksFamilies We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship


Kath Weston was born in Illinois on 2 November 1958. She studied at the University of Chicago (B.A., 1978; M.A., 1981) and at Stanford University (M.A., 1984; Ph.D., 1988).[1]

She first worked as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 1990. She was then appointed assistant and later associate professor of Anthropology at Arizona State University from 1990 to 1998. She became director of studies on women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University in 2001.[1] She is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.[2]

Weston was appointed a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011 in the fields of Anthropology and Cultural Studies.[3] Weston, a lesbian,[4] was awarded a Ruth Benedict Prize in 1990 for her monograph Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship, and a second such award in 1997 for her monograph Render Me, Gender Me: Lesbians Talk Sex, Class, Color, Nation, Studmuffins.[5]


  1. "Kath Weston 1958-". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. "Kath Weston". University of Virginia. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. "Kath Weston". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. Weston, Kath (1997). Families We Choose: Lesbians, Gays, Kinship. Columbia University Press.
  5. "The Ruth Benedict Prize". Association for Queer Anthropology. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
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