Associate Professor of Sociology
For Ivy Ken, sociology is the study of why things don’t have to be this way. The discipline contributes to our understanding that Black lives must matter; that women can be paid fair wages; and even that food on children’s school lunch trays can be fresh and tasty. Like most sociologists, Professor Ken centers her scholarship on the social structures that contribute to problems like these. In addition, steeped in intersectional theory, she studies what constitutes these social structures as they are.
Professor Ken regularly teaches contemporary theory, with an eye to disrupting the typical narrative about theory that gets told in the discipline, and a graduate seminar on race, gender, and class. She also teaches the department's newest course, The Sociological Imagination, which engages students with the discipline of sociology through local civic engagement projects. Professor Ken is a recipient of The George Washington University's Bender Teaching Award and the Robert W. Kenny Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Ivy Ken holds appointments in the Department of Sociology; Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and an affiliation with the Africana Studies Program at GW. She has served as President and Vice President of GWUFA, the GWU Faculty Association.