Elaine Weiner

Associate ProfessorElaine Weiner

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 732
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6843
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-Mail: elaine.weiner [at] mcgill.ca

Office Hours: By appointment only

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 the The Visibility and Invisibility of Gender in EU Policy website.


Selected Publications


Heather MacRae and Elaine Weiner, eds. 2017. Towards Gendering Institutionalism: Equality in Europe. London: Rowman & Littlefield International (Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives series).

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. 2017. “Opportunity and Setback? Gender Equality, Crisis and Change in the EU.” Pp. 73-93 In Gender and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Politics, Institutions, and Intersectionality, edited by Johanna Kantola and Emanuela Lombardo.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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. 2009. “Dirigism and Déja Vu Logic: The Gender Politics and Perils of EU Enlargement.” European Journal of Women’s Studies 16(3): 211-28.

(2017) Reprinted in The Challenges of European Governance in the Age of Economic Stagnation, Immigration and Refugees edited by Henry Carey. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield.

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. 2017. “Book Review: New Perspectives on Mutual Dependency in Care-Giving by Adéla Souralová.”  Contemporary Sociology 46(2): 220-21.

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.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 247 - Family and Modern Society
SOCI 321 - Women and Work
SOCI 455 - Post-Socialist Societies
SOCI 477 – Qualitative Methods in Sociology

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)

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