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Elaine Weiner

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Associate Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6843
Fax: 514-398-3403
E-Mail: elaine [dot] weiner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Elaine Weiner)
Office: Leacock 732

Research Areas

Gender, Work, Culture, Development, Law, Public Policy, Qualitative Methods, European Union, Central and East European Societies.



(PhD, University of Michigan, 2003). Associate Professor, at McGill University since 2003.  Professor Weiner’s research agenda focuses principally on gender politics in Central and East European societies. Her first book, Market Dreams: Gender, Class, and Capitalism in the Czech Republic compares Czech women’s experiences and understandings of transformation in their work and family lives during the Czech Republic’s transition from socialism to capitalism. She has also researched the adoption and implementation of equal opportunity legislation – as part of European Union membership obligations – in several of the Central and East Europe states. Her current research explores the (dis)connections that occur when complex problems, such as gender inequality, meet the policy process, using the European Union and its efforts at gender mainstreaming as a case study (for further details, see http://gendereu.info.yorku.ca/).  


Selected Publications


Weiner, Elaine. 2007. Market Dreams: Gender, Class, and Capitalism in the Czech Republic. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

Weiner, Elaine and Heather MacRae. 2014. “The Persistent Invisibility of Gender in EU Policy.” European Integration online Papers 18: 1-20.

Weiner, Elaine.  2013. “The Value of Vignettes: ‘Gender’ Travels and Translations in the European Union's Eastward Enlargement.” In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE.

Weiner, Elaine. 2010. “Morality, Biology and the Free Market: (De)Naturalizing the EU’s Gender Equality Agenda in the Czech Republic.” Women’s Studies International Forum 33(1): 13-20.

Weiner, Elaine. 2009. “Eastern Houses, Western Bricks? (Re)Constructing Gender Sensibilities in the European Union’s Eastward Enlargement.” Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 16(3): 1-24.

Weiner, Elaine. 2005. "No (Wo)Man's Land: The Post-Socialist Purgatory of Czech Female Factory Workers." Social Problems 52(4):572-92.

Book Reviews

Weiner, Elaine. 2010. “Book Review: Gender Regimes in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe by Gillian Pascall and Anna Kwak.” Czech Sociological Review 46(3): 482-84.

Weiner, Elaine. 2006. “Book Review: Development of Culture, Welfare States and Women’s Employment in Europe by Birgit Pfau-Effinger.” International Sociology Review of Books. 21(3): 459-62.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 247 - Family and Modern Society
SOCI 321 - Women and Work
SOCI 455 - Post-Socialist Societies

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 519 - Gender and Globalization
SOCI 600 - Qualitative Research Methods 1
SOCI 601 - Qualitative Research Methods 2
SOCI 625 - Professional Development Seminar


Research Grants

2015-2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant (Project: The (In)Visibility of Gender in EU Policy), co-investigator with Professor Heather MacRae (Political Science, York University)

2014-1016 Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Development Grant, McGill University (Project: The (In)Visibility of Gender in EU Policy)