Erica Bender

Course Title: Media Matters: Stereotypes and Social Change in Popular Media

Erica Bender is a PhD candidate in Sociology. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Chapman University and Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include: inequality, culture, organizations and military issues. She is currently completing the collection of original data for her dissertation: "Strategic Action in Veterans Reintegration.

  • BA in Sociology, Chapman University
  • MA in Sociology, University of California, San Diego
  • PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of California, San Diego

Erica has served as a teaching assistant and course grader for numerous sociology courses at UC San Diego and is a returning instructor for Academic Connections. She has been invited to give guest lectures for courses at UC San Diego and Chapman University. Before entering her Ph.D. program, Erica also taught English Language at Sichuan University (China).

  • Bender, Erica C. “A Few Good Men and Women: Contextualizing Gender in the United States Marine Corps.”
  • Blair-Loy, Mary, Erin Cech and Erica Bender. “Hegemonic Understandings of Academic Climate: How Science Faculty Frame Gender and Race Inequalities.”
  • Bender, Erica C. “‘Illustrating Gender’: A Comparative Analysis of Visual Culture of Marine Corps Recruiting from WWII and Present Day.”
  • American Sociological Association Annual Meeting “A Few Good Men and Women: Contextualizing Gender in the United States Marine Corps” and“Hegemonic Understandings and Academic Climate: How Science Faculty Frame Gender and Race Inequalities”August 2013
  • UCSD Sociology Graduate Student Conference “‘Illustrating Gender’: A Comparative Analysis of Visual Culture of Marine Corps Recruiting from WWII and Present Day” May 2013
  • Gender Beyond Boundaries: Graduate Conference for Gender Research “Imagining a Less Gendered Military: The Case of the United States Marine Corps”Coordinator and Presenter; February 2013
  • UCSD Sociology Graduate Student Conference“A Few Good Men and Women: Contradictory Cultural Schemas and Experiences in the United States Marine Corps” May 2011

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