Hester Eisenstein

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Hester Eisenstein is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center.  Her teaching and research focus on gender and globalization, women and work, and the sociology of gender. Her books include Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women’s Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World (2009), Inside Agitators: Australian Femocrats and the State (1996), Gender Shock: Practicing Feminism on Two Continents (1991), and Contemporary Feminist Thought (1983). She has taught at Yale, Barnard, and SUNY Buffalo, and she served as a “femocrat” (feminist bureaucrat) in the state government of New South Wales, Australia. She was the Director of Women’s Studies at Queens College from 1996 to 2000. She is vice-chair of the Queens College chapter for the Professional Staff Congress, the faculty and staff union for CUNY.


 Ph.D., Yale University, 1967


Office: Powdermaker Hall 252I
Tel: (718) 997-2815
Fax: (718) 997-2820
Email: hester1@prodigy.net