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Elaine Weiner

Associate ProfessorPortrait of Dr. Weiner

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

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

Office Hours: By appointment only

Research Areas

Gender, Work, Family, Law, 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 to-date has focused principally on gender politics in Central and East European societies. Her book, Market Dreams: Gender, Class, and Capitalism in the Czech Republic, compared 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 further explored 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 research has also considered some of the (dis)connections occuring in gender mainstreaming efforts, using the European Union as a case study. Her current research endeavors focus on different provisions and obligations (e.g., legal) regarding the care of children in the Czech Republic and Canada and their implications for gender equality.


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. Forthcoming. “A Missing Piece? Men and the Puzzle of Gender Mainstreaming in the European Union.” Men & Masculinities.

Heather MacRae and Elaine Weiner. 2021. “Feminist Institutionalism.” Pp. 56-67 in Handbook of Gender and EU Politics, edited by Gabriela Abels, Andrea Krizan, Heather MacRae and Anna van der Vleuten. New York: Routledge.

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. 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.

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


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 247 - Family and Modern Society
SOCI 321 - Gender 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


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