Cindy A. Stearns, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Cindy A. Stearns
Cindy A. Stearns, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of California, Davis


Cindy Stearns joined the Sociology Department in 2007, after sixteen years as a faculty member and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at SSU. Before arriving at SSU Professor Stearns taught at the University of Missouri and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her current research employs qualitative methods to study women’s experience of breastfeeding, the workers who support breastfeeding and the social context for breastfeeding in the U.S. She has also conducted research on the changing nature of medical work, physician interactions with patients, gender issues in jails, and other topics.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Stearns, Cindy A. 2013. “The Embodied Practices of Breastfeeding: Implications for Research and Policy.” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 34(4):359-370.

Stearns, Cindy A. 2011. “Cautionary Tales about Extended Breastfeeding and Weaning,” Health Care for Women International 32(6):538-554.

Stearns, Cindy A. 2010. “The Breast Pump.” Pages 11-23 in Giving Breastmilk: Body Ethics and Contemporary Breastfeeding Practice, edited by A. Bartlett and R. Shaw. Bradford, Ontario: Demeter Press.

Stearns, Cindy A. 2009.“The Work of Breastfeeding.” Women’s Studies Quarterly. 37 (3/4):63-80.

Stearns, Cindy A.1999. “Breastfeeding and the Good Maternal Body.” Gender & Society 13(3):308-325.

Stearns, Cindy A. 1997. “How Physicians Lost Out to Managed Care: A Case Study of Accommodation and Resistance in a Medical Community.” Journal of Medical Humanities 18(3):169-179.

Jackson, Patrick G. and Cindy A. Stearns. 1995. “Gender Issues in the New Generation Jail.” The Prison Journal 75(2):203-221.