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Faculty and Staff

Carla A. Pfeffer

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-3123
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Sociology


Ph.D. University of Michigan (2009) - Dr. Pfeffer's research is at the intersection of sociological inquiry into contemporary families, genders, sexualities, and bodies considered marginal, as well as social actors’ management of stigma and discrimination. In one area of research, Dr. Pfeffer studies the experiences and perspectives of cisgender (non-transgender) women partners of transgender men. In a new project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, she will be working with international colleagues to explore the reproductive experiences and practices of transgender men. In a second area of research, Dr. Pfeffer examines experiences of fat and size-acceptance advocates, American attitudes toward (and beliefs about) fatness, and their interface with various forms of social inequalities. Dr. Pfeffer holds a joint appointment with Women's and Gender Studies.