Ivy Ken studies inequality. This year, Prof. Ken's scholarship has focused on each of the two major strains in her work: intersectional theory and the critical analysis of corporate involvement in the supply and management of food.
An ongoing area of scholarly investigation for Prof. Ken is the mutual constitution of race, gender, class, and other power relationships. Prof. Ken is working with a former student, Allison Suppan Helmuth, to craft theoretical contributions on the concept of mutual constitution in intersectional theory. Their first paper on this topic has gone under review.
In addition, Prof. Ken's substantive expertise on school feeding programs has sparked two publications. One of these, with Benjamin Elizalde, focuses on a group of Chilean women who, as farmers, have broken into the commodity chain for the nation's centralized school feeding program. The other, with Kenneth Leon, focuses on the strategies corporations use to buttress their dominance in the supply of food to U.S. children.
Prof. Ken teaches the Department of Sociology's required entry-level course, The Sociological Imagination, where this year students were able to conduct research on issues under consideration by the D.C. City Council, and prepare testimony for Council. Prof. Ken also teaches the Department's required contemporary theory courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Along with these courses, Prof. Ken teaches Race, Gender, and Class; Sociology of Food; and Sociology of Sex and Gender in other years.