Kemi Balogun

Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

What is your background and areas of interest?

I am a feminist sociologist. My expertise is in the cultural politics of bodies; citizenship; racialization; the intersections between gender, nation, and globalization; and African studies (including the African diaspora).

What brought you to the University of Oregon?

The opportunity to align my research and teaching interests. I get to teach students who are excited to connect real world observations to sociological and feminist concepts. Students learn firsthand about the relevance of what they learn in the classroom by applying their critical thinking to current events and personal experiences. I grew up in the Bay Area, so I am thrilled to have remained on the West Coast and Oregon has amplified my appreciation for the outdoors.

 How did you get involved with your field?

I have always been curious about the world around me! The summer before college, I learned there was an entire academic field that would allow me to explore my interest in how society is structured. I was immediately hooked. Sociology is such a broad field that you can study literally anything through a sociological lens. I am committed to understanding issues that relate to power and social change so my joint faculty position in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is a perfect fit.

 What is the best advice you have for a college student?

Take ownership of your education and be open to learning from your instructors and classmates. Consider taking a class that’s outside your wheelhouse and reflect on how it applies to your interests and goals. College is such a special time for self-exploration, community building, and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Embrace the process, get to know a wide variety of people, and cherish the memories you’re building along the way.

How can students contact you?

I can be reached at I will be holding regular weekly drop-in office hours at Global Scholars Hall 104. I look forward to connecting with you!