Toni M. Calasanti
Joined Virginia Tech: 1987
|Master's||University of Kentucky|
|Doctorate||University of Kentucky|
A concern for multiple systems of privilege and oppression by gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality underpins all my research. Present research projects and interests include: changing definitions of work (paid and unpaid) and retirement; ageism (and images of aging) in popular culture and research, exemplified by such things as programs that are “anti-aging;” theorizing age relations, and exploring the interaction of these with masculinity and femininity (and ageism with other forms of oppression); exploring changes in notions of masculinity and femininity (gender identity) with age, particularly in relation to bodily changes; and care work and gender. In all of the above, I also have an interest in exploring how these vary by sexual orientation, where applicable.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Women and Work
Political Economy/Social Policy
Sociology of the Body
RECENT AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Chair-Elect (and program chair, 2011), Behavioral and Social Sciences, Gerontological Society of America, 2010-2011; Chair, 2011-2012
Vice-President, Southern Sociological Society, 2011-2012
E. Gordon Ericksen Award, Outstanding Graduate Faculty, Department of Sociology, 2010
Petersen Visiting Scholar in Gerontology and Family Studies, Oregon State University, 2008-09.
College Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Advising, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2009.
Visiting Fellow, Centre of Gender Excellence (GEXcel), Linköpings University and Örebro University, Sweden, 2008-09.
Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2008.
Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech, 2007.
Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award, Behavioral and Social Science section, The Gerontological Society of America, 2006.
Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2005-06.
Book series editor, Diversity and Aging, Rowman and Littlefield, 2004-09.
Member and Behavioral and Social Science representative, Publications Committee, The Gerontological Society of America, 2007-2010.
Publications Representative, Behavioral and Social Sciences Executive Committee, The Gerontological Society of America, 2007-2010.
Member, Executive Committee, Southern Sociological Society, 2008-09.
Chair, Awards Committee, Southern Sociological Society, 2008-11.
Co-Chair, Publications Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society, 2006-2008.
Member-at-large, Task Force on Women, Gerontological Society of America, 2005-08.
Member, Dissertation Award Selection Committee, American Sociological Association, 2006-2008.
Member, Nominations Committee, Southern Sociological Society, 2006-2009.Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2004.
Special issue editor, “New Directions in Feminist Gerontology,” Journal of Aging Studies, 2004.
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America.
Member-At-Large, Executive Committee, Behavioral and Social Science Section, The Gerontological Society of America, 2003-05; Representative, Behavioral and Social Sciences section, Fellowship Committee, Gerontological Society of America, 2003-05.
Chair, Fellowship Committee, Behavioral and Social Sciences section, Gerontological Society of America, 2004-05.
Committee Member, C. Wright Mills Award Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2003-04.
Member, editorial board, Journal of Aging Studies, 1993-.
Member, editorial board, Gender & Society, 1994-1998.
Ruth E. Ray and Toni Calasanti (editors). 2011. Nobody’s Burden. NY: Lexington Books.
Toni M. Calasanti and Kathleen F. Slevin (Eds.). 2006. Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking. Routledge.
Toni M. Calasanti and Kathleen F. Slevin. 2001. Gender, Social Inequalities, and Aging. Gender Lens Series. CA: Alta Mira Press.
Articles and Chapters
Toni Calasanti and K. Jill Kiecolt. “Intersectionality and Aging Families.” Forthcoming, for Handbook of Aging and the Family, edited by Rosemary Blieszner and Victoria Bedford. Praeger.
Toni Calasanti, Ilkka Pietilä, Hanna Ojala and Neal King. “Men, Bodily Control, and Health Behaviors: The Importance of Age.” Health Psychology, in press.
Toni Calasanti, Amy Sorensen, and Neal King. "Anti-aging Advertisements and Perceptions of aging." In Virpi Ylänne, ed., Representing Ageing: Images and Identities. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Toni Calasanti and Jill Harrison. 2011. “Race, Class, Gender, and the Social Construction of ‘Deservingness’ in Old Age” in Nobody’s Burden: Lessons on Old Age from the Great Depression, edited by Ruth Ray and Toni Calasanti.
Toni Calasanti. 2011. “The Continuing Struggle for Old-Age Security” in Nobody’s Burden: Lessons on Old Age from the Great Depression, edited by Ruth Ray and Toni Calasanti.
Toni Calasanti & Neal King. 2011. “Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age: Implications and Next Steps.” Pp. 67-85 in Dawn Carr and Kathrin Komp, eds., Gerontology in the Era of the Third Age: Implications and Next Steps. NY: Springer.
Toni Calasanti. 2010. “Gender and Applied Research on Aging” The Gerontologist (50th Anniversary issue), 50(6): 1-15.
Meeta Mehrotra and Toni Calasanti. 2010. "The Family as a Site for Gendered Ethnic Identity Work Among Asian Indian Immigrants" Journal of Family Issues, 31, 6: 778-807.
Valentina Lukyanova and Toni Calasanti. 2009. “Satisfaction with Family Planning Services among Appalachian and non-Appalachian Women in Virginia” Journal of Appalachian Studies, 15, 1&2: 49-69.
Toni Calasanti. 2009. “Gender and Aging.” Pp. 137-149 in International Handbook of Social Gerontology, edited by Chris Phillipson and Dale Dannefer. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Neal King and Toni Calasanti.2009. “Aging Agents: Scholarly Imputations of Empowerment,” International Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 29, 1&2: 39-48.
Toni Calasanti and Jill Harrison-Rexrode. 2009. “Gender Roles and Relationships.” Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, edited by Harry Reis and Susan Sprecher. Sage.
Toni Calasanti. 2009. “Theorizing Feminist Gerontology and Sexuality: An Intersectional Approach” Pp. 471-486 in the Handbook of Theories of Aging. Edited by Vern L. Bengtson, Merril Silverstein, Norella M. Putney, and Daphne Gans. Springer.
Toni Calasanti. 2008. "Gender and Class Relations in the Struggle for Old-Age Security,” Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts. 2, 3/4: 238-50.
Toni Calasanti. 2008. “A Feminist Confronts Ageism,” Journal of Aging Studies, 22, 2: 52-57.
Toni Calasanti and K. Jill Kiecolt. 2007. “Diversity among Late-life Couples.” Generations 31, 3: 10-17.
Toni Calasanti and Neal King. 2007. “‘Beware of the Estrogen Assault’: Ideals of Old Manhood in Anti-Aging Advertisements.” Journal of Aging Studies, Vol. 21, No. 4: 357-368.
Toni Calasanti. 2007. “‘Bodacious Berry,’ ‘Potency Wood,’ and the ‘Aging Monster’: Gender and Age Relations in Anti-Aging Ads,” Social Forces, Vol. 86, No. 1: 335-355.
Toni Calasanti and Neal King. “Taking ‘Women’s Work’ ‘Like a Man’: Husbands’ Experiences of Care Work,” The Gerontologist, Vol. 47, No. 4 (2007): 516-527.
Toni Calasanti.2007 “Gender and Aging.” Pp. 1840-1843 in the Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer. MA: Blackwell.
Marjukka Ollilainen and Toni Calasanti. 2007. “‘Metaphors at Work’: Maintaining the Salience of Gender in Self-Managing Teams.” Gender & Society Vol. 21, No. 1: 1-23.
Anna M. Zaijeck, Toni Calasanti, and Edward K. Zajicek. 2007. “Pension Reforms and Old People in Poland: An Age, Class, and Gender Lens.” Journal of Aging Studies Vol. 21, No. 1: 55-68.
Toni Calasanti. 2006. “Gender and Gender Roles.” Pp. 592-600 in Encyclopedia of Gerontology, 2nd ed., edited by James Birren. Oxford: Elsevier.
Toni Calasanti and Mary Elizabeth Bowen. 2006. “Spousal Caregiving and Crossing Gender Boundaries: Maintaining Gendered Identities.” Journal of Aging Studies, 20, 3: 253-263.
Toni Calasanti. “Gender and Old Age: Lessons from Spousal Caregivers.” In Age Matters: Re-aligning Feminist Thinking, edited by T. Calasanti and K. Slevin. NY: Routledge Press (2006): 269-294.
Anna Zajicek, Toni Calasanti, Cristie Ginther, and Julie Summers. 2006. “Intersectionality and Age Relations: Unpaid Care Work and Chicana Women.” In Age Matters: Re-aligning Feminist Thinking, edited by T. Calasanti and K. Slevin. NY: Routledge Press: 175-197.
Toni M. Calasanti, Kathleen F. Slevin, and Neal King. 2006. “Ageism and Feminism: From ‘Et Cetera’ to Center.” NWSA Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1: 13-30.
Neal King and Toni Calasanti. “Empowering the Old: Age relation and anti-aging in a global context.” In Jan Baars, Chris Phillipson, Dale Dannefer, and Alan Walker, eds., Aging, Globalisation and Inequality: The New Critical Gerontology. NY: Baywood. 2005.
Toni M. Calasanti and Neal King, “Firming the Floppy Penis: Age, Class, and Gender Relations in the Lives of Old Men.” Men and Masculinities, 8, 1 (2005): 3-23.
Toni Calasanti. “Ageism, Gravity, and Gender: Experiences of Aging Bodies.” Generations, 29, 3 (2005).
Toni Calasanti. “Is Feminist Gerontology Marginal?” Contemporary Gerontology, 11, 3 (2005): 107-111.
Janice Witt Smith and Toni M. Calasanti. “The Influences of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity on Workplace Experiences of Institutional and Social Isolation: An Exploratory Study of University Faculty.” Sociological Spectrum, 25, 3 (2005): 300-334.
Toni M. Calasanti. “Feminist Gerontology and Old Men.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 59B, 6 (2004): S305-314.
Toni M. Calasanti. “Work and Retirement.” In Men and Masculinities: An Encyclopedia, edited by Michael Kimmel. ABC-CLIO (2004).
Toni M. Calasanti. “Masculinities and Care Work in Old Age.” In Gender and Aging: New Directions, edited by Sara Arber, Kate Davidson, and Jay Ginn. UK: Open University Press (2003): 15-30.
Toni. M. Calasanti. “Theorizing Age Relations.” In The Need for Theory: Critical Approaches to Social Gerontology for the 21st Century, edited by Simon Biggs, Ariela Lowenstein, and Jon Hendricks. MA: Baywood Press (2003): 199-218.
Anna M. Zajicek, Edward K. Zajicek, Toni Calasanti, Jolanta Grotowske-Leder. “Old People, Poverty, and Social Policy in Poland in the 1990s.” In Unemployment and Poverty: Problems and Solutions, edited by Mariola Bochenska and Jolanta Grotowska-Leder. Krakow: Jagiellonski University Press (2003).
Toni M. Calasanti. “Work and Retirement in the 21st Century: Integrating Issues of Diversity and Globalization.” Aging International, 27, 3 (2002): 3-20.
Toni M. Calasanti and Janice Witt Smith. “Experiences of Latina Faculty.” In Women in Higher Education: An Encyclopedia, edited by Ana Martinez and Aleman and Kristen A. Renn. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO (2002): 414-417.
Amanda Grenier (PI), Bernard, M., Charpentier, M., Scharf, T., Phillipson, C., Brotman, S., Sussman, T., Katz, S., McMullin, J., Torres, S., Biggs, S., Calasanti, T., Dumas, A., Viroit-Durandal, J.P. (861-2008-1029) (2009-2010). “Contemporary Issues in Critical Gerontology: An International Initiative.” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). International Opportunities Fund, $25,000.
Toni M. Calasanti. 2008. “Exploring the Hannan Archives.” Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, Virginia Tech, $3,000.
Dean’s Faculty Fellow. 2006. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. $10,000.
Toni M. Calasanti. 2004. Gender Differences in Informal Care Work for Person with Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's & related Diseases Research Award Fund. Virginia Center on Aging. $24,975.