Beth Williford

Beth Williford

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Dammann Hall, The Pitt
sabbatical 2016
1 (914) 323-5143

About Me

Prof. Williford’s teaching and research interests include social movements, globalization, gender, indigenous peoples, and Latin America. Her dissertation research, on the Amazonian indigenous movement in Ecuador and its transnational connections with organizations in the U.S., was awarded a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant. She has authored and co-authored articles in journals such as Theory in Action, Sociology Compass, and International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. She is a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). She is Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program and faculty advisor to the Connie Hogarth Center.

Current Courses
Social Problems
Indigenous Peoples
Models of Social and Economic Justice
Sociology, Ph.D., Purdue University
Sociology, M.S., Purdue University
Sociology, B.A., Wesleyan College
Feature Publications


“Combining Problem Based Learning and Activism in a Feminist Classroom.”

Theory In Action


“Contesting Water Rights: Collective Ownership and Struggles against Privatization”

Sociology Compass

Article December 11, 2014

“From U.S. Corporate Models to Indian Kitty Parties: House Parties as Models of Women’s Empowerment”

Women at Work: Tupperware, Passion Parties and Beyond


"Political Activism and the Social Structure of Memory."

International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 46(1): 23-49.


"Transnational Field and Frames: Organizations in Ecuador and the US"

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change (38): 37-67