Yasemin Besen-Cassino

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Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino is professor of Sociology and the Editor of Contemporary Sociology, an official publication of the American Sociological Association. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She has served as the Book Review Editor of Gender & Society(2014-2018) and the Managing Editor of Men & Masculinities (2003-2005).

Dr. Besen-Cassino's research focuses on work, gender and youth. Her work has appeared in many sociology journals such as Contexts, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Theory& Society, NWSAJ and Education& Society and has been featured in many popular venues such as the Washington Post,The Guardian, Atlantic, CNN, MTV, Fortune and Ms. magazine among many others.

Dr. Besen-Cassino's book, The Cost of Being a Girl (Temple University Press, 2018) focuses on how early work experiences lead to later gender inequalities in the market. In this research, supported by the W.E. Upjohn Foundation, she explored the inequalities in the youth labor force with an intersectional perspective and trace the origins of the wage gap to part-time teenage work. 

Dr. Besen-Cassino is currently a Public Scholar for the NJ Council for the Humanities. http://njhumanities.org/humanities-to-go/psp/yes-millenials-do-work/

Research interests

Work, gender and youth.

Scholarly Interests

Expert on the gender wage gap, gender studies, and youth, work and labor.


SOCI 104 Sociology of the Family
SOCI 240 Statistics for Social Sciences
SOCI 301 Research Methods
SOCI 304 Work and Professions
SOCI 400 Senior Project
SOCI 411 Selected Topics: Sociology of Youth
GSWS 102 Intro to Women and Gender Studies
SOCI/GSWS 208 Men& Masculinities
SOCI 569 Interviews and Focus Groups

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Expert on the gender wage gap, gender studies, and youth, work and labor.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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