Jill Bakehorn

Exploring gender and sexuality and food cultures

Jill Bakehorn earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Davis and is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Her research and teaching interests include feminist theory, gender and sexuality, popular culture and the body, and food cultures. She specializes in the study of sex work and the construction of authenticity. Her current research project focuses on the cognitive dissonance faced by sociologists, particularly the contradictions between the values we derive from sociology and how we operate in our day-to-day lives. She is exploring how and why sociologists face this difficulty, their coping mechanisms, and how we can use this dissonance to make us better researchers and teachers.