Kyla Walters, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Professor Kyla Walters
Kyla Walters, Ph.D.


Stevenson 3107

Office Hours

8:30 am-9:30 am In Person
11:30 am-12:30 pm Via Zoom

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Dr. Walters is beginning an interview-based study about beauty appraisals during pregnancy and childbirth. She is working with a group of stellar Sonoma State sociology majors on this project.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Anastasios Hadjisolomou, Kyla Walters, Dennis Nickson, and Tom Baum. 2023. "‘Boys will be Boys?’: Submissive Masculinity and Sexual Harassment in the Gay Tourism Industry." Hospitality & Society 13:173-200. DOI:

Joya Misra and Kyla Walters. 2022. Walking Mannequins: How Race and Gender Inequalities Shape Retail Clothing Work. Oakland: University of California Press.

Kyla Walters. 2020. Learning from Massachusetts Teachers: Organizing Against Charter School Expansion in 2016. Paper presentation in the session Platform Labor to Worker Organizing. Labor and Labor Movements Section, American Sociological Association.  

Kyla Walters. 2020. "Fighting and defeating the charter school agenda.” Chapter 12 in Labor in the Time of Trump, edited by Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 

Kyla Walters. 2018. “‘They’ll Go with the Lighter’: Tri-racial Aesthetic Labor in Clothing Retail.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(1):128-141.