Michela Musto is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a PhD in sociology and a certificate in Gender Studies in 2018. Michela’s areas of expertise include gender, sexualities, children & youth, education, and social inequalities.
Michela’s current project examines how intelligence and confidence are traits with which affluent, White boys come to be associated. To do so, Michela analyzes 2.5 years of longitudinal ethnography and 196 interviews conducted with students and teachers at a racially-diverse, suburban middle school. Drawing from the same data, a second project examines how school processes discourage girls – especially girls of color – from developing a sustained interest in STEM in early adolescence. In addition to receiving funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Association for University Women, and the Haynes Foundation, Michela’s work has received awards from the ASA Sex & Gender and Children & Youth Sections.
Michela’s previous work on girls’ and women’s advancement into the historically male-dominated field of sport has been published in Gender & Society, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Communication & Sport. She is also the co-author of Child’s Play, an edited volume published with Rutgers University Press that takes youth sports as its subject of inquiry.
For more information about Michela’s work, please go to www.michelamusto.com.