Dr. Nancy J. Mezey
Dr. Nancy J. Mezey is an associate dean and a sociology professor at Monmouth University, where she also served as the Director of the Institute for Global Understanding. Her areas of specialization are family sociology, gender studies, the sociology of sexualities, and race-class-gender studies. Her research focuses largely on how historical factors, social inequalities, social activism, and policies shape and affect new family forms. Her latest book, LGBT Families, draws on extensive research to examine the experiences of diverse LGBT families and how heterosexism and homophobia shape family life. Her first book, New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood, is a multiracial feminist study of how lesbians decide to become mothers or remain child-free. Dr. Mezey has also published in a variety of academic journals and books in the areas of LGBT families and intimate partner violence. She is an active member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and Sociologists for Women in Society. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Dr. Mezey served in Mali, West Africa from 1988 to 1990. She received her PhD in sociology from Michigan State University.