Ivy Ken studies inequality. This year, Prof. Ken's substantive expertise on labor in the food supply chain led to an analysis of state-corporate power in the meatpacking industry during the COVID pandemic. The first of three papers on this topic, coauthored with former student Kenneth Sebastian Leon, has been published in the Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime. A second has been accepted for publication at the journal Crime, Law and Social Change. The third focuses on meatpacking companies as settler colonial enterprises, and Prof. Ken is workshopping that paper at venues such as GW's Political Theory Workshop.
Prof. Ken also continues her work on intersectionality, with an accepted chapter in the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Intersectionality (with former student Allison Suppan Helmuth). In addition, she has written an article on the issues of mentorship and Marxism in the early work of the Memphis School -- the scholars who founded the field of intersectionality in the 1970s and 80s.
Prof. Ken was asked to teach a new prep this year: SOC 4195: Capstone in Sociology (which is also a WID course). Students in this course conducted original research using an institutional ethnographic method, and many received departmental honors for their work. 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.
As a member of three departments (Sociology; Public Policy; and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and affiliate faculty in Africana Studies, Prof. Ken attends and contributes to many faculty meetings in the college. In 2021-22 Prof. Ken also chaired the search committee for a tenure-line assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, along with serving on the Undergraduate Studies Committee (fall 2021), the Graduate Studies Committee (spring 2021), and the Diversity Committee in the department, and Vice President of the GWU Faculty Association. Prof. Ken serves on numerous MA and PhD committees in Sociology, Criminology, WGSS, and TSPPPA.
In terms of professional service, Prof. Ken serves as a member of the American Sociological Association's Dissertation Award Selection Committee, an editorial board member for the Journal for White Collar and Corporate Crime, and an ad hoc reviewer for various journals including Men & Masculinities, Feminist Theory, and Gender & Society.