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Nancy Riley

08800 2077253636 211 Adams Hall Professor Sociology And Anthropology nriley@bowdoin.edu Riley Nancy E

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Sociology And Anthropology
211 Adams Hall

Spring 2015

  • Introduction to Social Research (SOC 2010)
  • Epidemiology: Principles and Practices (SOC 2250)


B.A (University of Pennsylvania), M.A. (University of Hawai`i), M.P.H. (University of Hawai`i), PhD (Johns Hopkins University)

Nancy Riley is a sociologist whose research focuses on family, gender and population and China. She is currently working on a monograph (working title: Laboring in Paradise: Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone) based on her research in Dalian on the family lives of women factory workers.

Courses taught include Sociology of Gender, Sociological Perspectives on China, Contemporary Chinese Societies, Families, and Introduction to Human Population. Through a grant from the Freeman Foundation, she was able to offer an unusual set of courses (AS 261/2) in which she spent 5-6 weeks in Asia with a group of students as part of their regular Bowdoin coursework. In spring 2001, the group went to China and Vietnam for 5 weeks; in spring 2002, another group traveled to Japan and China.

Asian Studies 262 class in Tiananmen Square, 2002

Asian Studies 262 class in Tiananmen Square, 2002.

Demography in the Age of the Postmodern. (with James McCarthy); Cambridge University Press, (August, 2003.

Demography in the Age of the Postmodern.

"Planning an Indian modernity: The gendered politics of fertility control." (with Nilanjana Chatterjee) Signs 2001.

"Challenging Demography: Contributions from Feminist Theory." Sociological Forum 1999.