Ivy Ken

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Ivy Ken

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program


Email: Ivy Ken
Office Phone: (202) 994-1886
801 22nd St NW Washington, DC 20052

Ivy Ken is a sociologist who studies intersectionality and labor inequalities.  Her recent work on necropolitical practices in the meatpacking industry is supported by the GW Equity Institute Initiative.  Professor Ken’s scholarship is grounded in the Memphis School, whose work on intersectionality centers the structural locations of women of color.  Along with Allison Suppan Helmuth, Professor Ken received the 2022 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship from the Race, Gender, and Class Section of the ASA.

Professor Ken regularly teaches contemporary theory and a graduate seminar on race, gender, and class.  She is a recipient of GW’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 and the Food and Health Policy Institute at GW.

Professor Ken's CV


Social Justice
Gender, Race, and Class
Social Theory
Meatpacking Workers
School Food
State-Corporate Power

SOC 6239 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC/WGSS 6268 - Race, Gender, and Class

PhD, University of Georgia, 1999
Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Georgia, 1996