Kimmel, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of masculinities studies. He is the Founding Editor of Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, and is the author of numerous books including Manhood: A Cultural History (1996), and the bestselling Guyland(2008).
In an August 8, 2015 feature whimsically entitled “A Master’s Degree in … Masculinity?,” the Times visits Kimmel’s lively classroom and presents an engaging account of his subject and its history. Stony Brook, the article reports, will soon start the first master’s degree program in “masculinities studies,” becoming a leader in the field.
For Kimmel, 40 years of scholarship and advocacy are beginning to pay off. “In the beginning,” he says, “people sort of looked at me cross-eyed and said ‘Huh?’ ”
The goal? Kimmel says it’s all about “engaging men and boys for gender equality.”