Kristine Kilanski

Event Information

Date & Time
November 19, 2015 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Serra House
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Fellows' Lunch Featuring Clayman Postdoc Fellow Kristine Kilanski


Kristine Kilanski: "The gendered burden of fear in the 'wild, wild west.'"

Kilanski examines how fear shaped the lives of women living in an oil boomtown. Drawing on ethnography and interviews, she argues that the construction of natural resource boomtowns as the “wild, wild west,” serves a two-fold purpose: 1) it captures Americans’ fascination with the link between masculinity and danger; and 2) operates to fashion these spaces as male domains, where high-paying jobs are reserved for men. While women and men co-create and sustain the conditions from which boomtowns emerge as an unsafe place, the end result of this co-construction has unequal gendered outcomes. 

Kristine Kilanski is a postdoctoral fellow with the Clayman Institute.

Stanford faculty are invited to join us for lunch and a discussion.  Please RSVP to Wendy Skidmore if you would like to attend. 


  • Kristine Kilanski
    • Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-17
    • Graduate Voice & Influence Program Fellow 2015-2016
    • Faculty Mentor, Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2016-17
    Kristine Kilanski is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her previous work examined how gender inequality is embedded into 21st century work organizations, the effectiveness of corporate diversity programs for increasing the inclusion of women and racial/ethnic minorities, and how poor people respond to violence in their communities. Kristine’s dissertation drew on interviews and...