Mary Nell Trautner

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Sociology

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Buffalo, NY 14260

trautner [at] buffalo [dot] edu




CV [pdf]




Recent Courses





Sociology of Law

Sociology of Gender





Gender & Work

Social Problems

Sociology of Law

Sociology of Gender








Trautner, Mary Nell. 2014. "Teaching-Infused Graduate Seminars: Incorporating Pedagogy Into Substantive Seminars." Teaching Sociology 42(1):61-68.



Trautner, Mary Nell, Samantha Kwan, and Scott V. Savage. 2013. "Masculinity, Competence, and Health: The Influence of Weight and Race on Social Perceptions of Men." Men & Masculinities 16(4):432-451.



Trautner, Mary Nell, Erin Hatton, and Kelly E. Smith. 2013. "What Workers Want Depends: Legal Knowledge and the Desire for Workplace Change among Day Laborers." Law & Policy 35(4):318-340.



Hatton, Erin and Mary Nell Trautner. 2013. "Images of Powerful Women in the Age of 'Choice Feminism'." Journal of Gender Studies 22(1):65-78.



Trautner, Mary Nell and Elizabeth Borland. 2013. "Using the Sociological Imagination to Teach about Academic Integrity." Teaching Sociology 41(4):377-388.



Nickolai, Daniel H., Steve G. Hoffman, and Mary Nell Trautner. 2012. "Can a Knowledge Sanctuary also be an Economic Engine? The Marketization of Higher Education as Institutional Boundary Work." Sociology Compass 6(3):205-218.



Trautner, Mary Nell. 2011. "Tort Reform and Access to Justice: How Legal Environments Shape Lawyers' Case Selection." Qualitative Sociology 34(4):523-538.



Hatton, Erin and Mary Nell Trautner. 2011. "Equal Opportunity Objectification? The Sexualization of Men and Women on the Cover of Rolling Stone." Sexuality & Culture 15(3):256-278.



Kwan, Samantha and Mary Nell Trautner. 2011. "Weighty Concerns." Contexts 10(2):52-57.



Kwan, Samantha and Mary Nell Trautner. 2011. "Judging Books By Their Covers: Teaching Students about Physical Attractiveness Bias." Teaching Sociology 39(1):16-26.



Trautner, Mary Nell and Samantha Kwan. 2010. "Gendered Appearance Norms: An Analysis of Employment Discrimination Lawsuits, 1970-2008." Research in the Sociology of Work 20:127-150.



Grant, Don S., Mary Nell Trautner, Liam C. Downey, and Lisa Thiebaud. 2010. "Bringing the Polluters Back In: Environmental Inequality and the Organization of Chemical Production." American Sociological Review 74(4):479-504.



Trautner, Mary Nell and Jessica L. Collett. 2010. "Students Who Strip: The Benefits of Alternate Identities for Managing Stigma." Symbolic Interaction 33(2):257-279.



Trautner, Mary Nell. 2009. "Personal Responsibility v. Corporate Liability: How Personal Injury Lawyers Screen Cases in an Era of Tort Reform." Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance 12:203-230.



Kwan, Samantha and Mary Nell Trautner. 2009. "Beauty Work: Individual and Institutional Rewards, the Reproduction of Gender, and Questions of Agency." Sociology Compass 3(1):49-71.



Trautner, Mary Nell. 2007. "How Social Hierarchies within the Personal Injury Bar Affect Case Screening Decisions." New York Law School Law Review 51(2):215-240.



Trautner, Mary Nell. 2005. "Doing Gender, Doing Class: The Performance of Sexuality in Exotic Dance Clubs." Gender & Society 19(6):771-788.



Grant, Don S., Andrew W. Jones, and Mary Nell Trautner. 2004. "Do Facilities with Distant Headquarters Pollute More? How Civic Engagement Conditions the Environmental Performance of Absentee Managed Plants." Social Forces 83(1):189-214.



Grant, Don S. and Mary Nell Trautner. 2004. "Employer Opinions on Living Wage Initiatives." Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society 8(1):71-82.




Manuscripts under review:



Mulcahy, Michael J. and Mary Nell Trautner. "The Effects of Target Vulnerabilities on Social Movement Outcomes: Living Wage Campaigns in U.S. Cities."

How do target vulnerabilities affect social movement outcomes? We draw on theories of political process and the logic of policy change to analyze the effects of target vulnerabilities on movement outcomes in the case of the living wage movement. We model the effects of two types of target vulnerabilities -- political elites' vulnerability to the threat of popular delegitimation as a result of business subsidy practices, and vulnerability to non-participation by municipal workers -- on the likelihood of two outcomes, access (getting an LWO on the agenda) and advantages (ordinance adoption). Using sequential regression analyses of these outcomes in 596 U.S. cities over a 10-year period, we find that the effects of target vulnerabilities vary across outcomes: delegitimation vulnerabilities affect the likelihood of agenda access, whereas adoption advantages are more likely in the presence of non-participation vulnerabilities.

[under review]



Kwan, Samantha, Scott V. Savage, and Mary Nell Trautner. "Adorning the Female Body: Feminist Identification, Embodied Resistance, and Aesthetic Body Modification Practices."

Using survey data collected from college women at three large public US universities, we examine the relationship between feminist identification and the likelihood of engaging in various aesthetic body modification practices. Specifically, we test a feminist embodied resistance hypothesis that asserts that compared to women who do not identify as feminist, feminist-identified women are less likely to engage in mainstream practices (e.g., body hair removal) and more likely to engage in alternative practices (e.g., body piercing and tattooing). Results from logistic regression analyses reveal that feminist identified women are more likely to engage in alternative practices and less likely to engage in mainstream practices. Results also point to the utility of distinguishing between those who are ambivalent about the feminist label and those who outright reject it, as support for the feminist embodied resistant hypothesis only holds when comparing feminists to ambivalents.














last updated July 16, 2016