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Alison Dahl Crossley
Associate Director
Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-16
Faculty Director, Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2015-16
Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2014-15
Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2013-14

Alison Dahl Crossley is the Associate Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She leads the Institute's strategic focus, operations, and academic and community relations, including the Institute’s fellowship programs and programming. She co-organized the Institute's Online Feminism Conference, drawing a diverse group of scholars and activists from across the country to discuss the challenges and possibilities of Internet activism. In 2015-2016 Alison was faculty mentor for the Clayman Institute's graduate Voice & Influence Program, a program designed to empower the voices of a select group of women and underrepresented minority Stanford graduate students so that they have more influence at Stanford, within their disciplines, and in their academic careers. At Stanford, she teaches "Intersectionality and Social Movements: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Collective Organizing." 

Crossley's areas of scholarly expertise include gender, social movements, and feminism. Her book Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished Gender Revolution will be published in the spring of 2017. In Finding Feminism, Crossley analyzes feminist activists at three different U.S. colleges, revealing that feminism is alive on campuses, but is complex, nuanced, and context-dependent. The feminists in Crossley’s book engage in a breadth of social justice organizing. Sharing personal stories of their everyday experiences with inequality, the young people in Finding Feminism employ both traditional and innovative feminist tactics. They use the Internet and social media as a tool for their activism, what Crossley calls “Facebook Feminism.” The university, as an institution, simultaneously aids and constrains their fight for gender equality. 

Crossley has published articles and chapters about women's movements, online feminism, and social movement continuity, including the article “Facebook Feminism: Social Media, Blogs, and New Technologies of Contemporary U.S. Feminism” (Mobilization 2015). She has spoken extensively on feminism and contemporary activism. 

Previously, Crossley was a postdoctoral fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She earned her MA and PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received an MA in Media and Communications from the University of London, Goldsmiths College, and a BA in Women's Studies from Smith College. 


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