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Alison Dahl Crossley

Alison Dahl Crossley
Executive Director

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Alison Dahl Crossley is the Executive Director of Stanford's Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She leads the Institute's strategic focus, operations, and engages partners at Stanford and beyond through academic and community relations. She manages the Institute’s programming and fellowship programs: faculty research fellows, postdoctoral research fellows, graduate dissertation fellows, and undergraduate internships. Crossley leads the Institute team and works with the Faculty Director on the research agenda of the Institute.  

Crossley's areas of scholarly expertise include gender, social movements, and feminisms. In addition to her books Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished Gender Revolution (NYU Press, 2017), and Feminism in the United States: A Concise Introduction (Routledge, forthcoming) she has written and spoken widely about online feminisms, the continuity of feminisms, and feminist transformation in higher education.  Her research has been covered by outlets such as the New York Times and NPR.

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 (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, with Highest Honors). 


Selected Publications and Media Appearances:

Crossley, Alison Dahl. Forthcoming. Feminism in the United States: A Concise Introduction. Routledge.


"The Feminist Movement: Fluid, complex and empowering," 2024, The Stanford VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab.


"Urgent steps to prevent the pandemic stalling women's academic careers," by Adrian Daub and Alison Dahl Crossley, Times Higher Education, March 10, 2022.


"Race in America: Missing White Women Syndrome," NBC Bay Area, November 12, 2021.


Crossley, Alison Dahl. 2021. "Feminism and the American Dream." The Routledge Handbook on the American Dream. Edited by Robert C. Hauhart and Mitja Sardoc.


Crossley, Alison Dahl. 2020. Street Protest, COVID-19 and IntersectionalityThe Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Hart, Chloe Grace, Alison Dahl Crossley and Shelley J. Correll. "Leader Messaging and Attitudes toward Sexual Violence." Socius 4: 1-11.


Hart, Chloe Grace, Alison Dahl Crossley and Shelley J. Correll. December 14, 2018. "When Leaders Take Sexual Harassment Seriously So Do Employees." Harvard Business Review.


Crossley, Alison Dahl and Heather McKee Hurwitz. 2018. "Gender and Social Movements." The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Edited by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, Holly J. McCammon.


Crossley, Alison Dahl. 2018. "Online Feminism is Just Feminism: Offline and Online Movement Persistence." Nevertheless They Persisted: Feminisms and Continued Resistance in the U.S. Women's Movmement. Edited by Jo Reger.

Crossley, Alison Dahl and Laura K. Nelson.  2018. “Feminists Reshaping Gender.” The Springer Handbook of the Sociology of Gender. Edited by Barbara J. Risman, Carissa Froyum, and William J. Scarborough.


Crossley, Alison Dahl. 2017. Finding Feminism: Millennial Activists and the Unfinished Gender Revolution. New York University Press.

Reviews and Press: Publishers Weekly, Feminist Media Studies, Gender and Society, Mobilization, Contemporary Sociology, New York Times, Women’s Media Center, USA Today, Curve Magazine, Inside Higher Ed, NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show, Inflection Point


Crossley, Alison Dahl.  2017. “Women’s Activism and Educational Institutions.” Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism. Edited by Holly McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger.


Crossley, Alison Dahl. 2015. “Facebook Feminism: Social Media, Blogs, and New Technologies of Contemporary U.S. Feminism.” Mobilization20(2): 253-269.