Dr. Alexandra Hendley

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Office: Faculty Hall 501-A 

Dr. Hendley's CV

2014 Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Barbara
2006 B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Southwestern University


I primarily conduct qualitative research, and my main areas of interest are gender and inequalities, culture, and work. My most recent research focuses on private and personal chefs, workers precariously employed and ambiguously positioned between high- and low-status, male- and female-dominated work. This research examines how the chefs negotiate their identity and status, and in doing so both challenge and reproduce existing occupational and societal hierarchies. 

I also have conducted research on gender segregation in education, specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. How are individuals' educational and occupational choices shaped by cultural mandates to "do what you love," along with their beliefs about gender and themselves? I plan to extend this line of research by exploring sociology faculty's experiences advising students on future careers. 

My latest project is a content analysis of speeches given by female Nobel laureates (who make up only about 5% of winners). How do these women explain their success? Do they use their visibility to speak out against gender inequalities in their fields of work or in society at large? 

Courses that I teach include Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Food, Sociology of Work, Qualitative Research Methods, and Home Cultures. I look forward to developing additional courses related to my interests and the interests of our students.


Introduction to Sociology (SOC 133)
Sociology of Gender (SOC 305)
Sociology of Food (SOC 325)
Sociology of Family (SOC 331)
Sociology of Gender (SOC 355)
Writing and Social Inquiry in the Social Sciences (SOC 359)
Sociology of Work (SOC 435)
Qualitative Research Methods (SOC 480)


Hendley, Alexandra. 2016. "The Culinary 'Food Chain': Private and Personal Chefs Negotiate Identity and Status in the Culinary Profession." Pp. 219-241 in Advances in Gender Research. Vol. 22, Gender and Food: From Production to  Consumption and After, edited by V. Demos and M. Texler Segal. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 

Hendley, Alexandra. 2016. "Seeking Self-Verification: Motives for Private and Personal Chefs' Boundary Work." Cultural Sociology 10(4): 466-482. 

Hendley, Alexandra and Maria Charles. 2015. "Gender Segregation in Higher Education." Pp. 1-11 in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by R.A. Scott and S.M. Kosslyn. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Charles, Maria, Bridget Harr, Erin Cech, and Alexandra Hendley. 2014. "Who Likes Math Where? Gender Differences in Eighth-Graders' Attitudes around the World." International Studies in Sociology of Education 24(1): 85-112.

Hendley, Alexandra. 2012. “Chefs, Female” in The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, edited by M. Zeiss Stange and C.K. Oyster. Sage Publications.

Hendley, Alexandra and Denise D. Bielby. 2012. “Freedom between the Lines: Clothing Behavior and Identity Work among Young Female Soccer Players.” Sport, Education and Society 17(4): 515-533.

Hendley, Alexandra. 2009. “Barreras del Lenguaje: Children’s Negotiation of Adult-Created Exclusionary Structures.” Sociological Inquiry 79(1): 115-134.

Kain, Edward L., Alexandra O. Hendley, Lauren R. Contreras, and Krystal K.Wyatt-Baxter. 2007. “Sociology in Two-Year Institutions.” Teaching Sociology 35(4): 350-359.


I am a co-advisor to the Students of Sociology (SoS) club and a participating faculty member of Clark College and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.