Research Interests: Gender, judicial systems, social movements, and development,especially in Central America
Jocelyn Viterna is Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate studies at Harvard University. She is also the Co-director of the Politics and Social Change workshop, and Chair of the Central America and the Caribbean committee in the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University. Currently, Viterna is developing two research projects. The first investigates gender discrimination in the Salvadoran and U.S. judicial systems, especially in cases related to pregnant women. The second investigates the medical treatment of fetal malformations in El Salvador.
Viterna’s work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Politics and Gender, and the Latin American Research Review, among other journals. Her first book, Women in War: The Micro-processes of Mobilization in El Salvador (2013, Oxford University Press) won four distinguished book awards (the ESS Mirra Komarovsky award, the ASA Section on Sex and Gender award, the ASA Section on Political Sociology award, and the SSSP Global Division award) and one honorable mention (the ASA section on the Sociology of Development). It is currently being translated for publication in Spanish.