Heather Albanesi, Ph.D.

Heather Albanesi, Ph.D.

Heather Albanesi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
ACAD 407

Biographical Information

Dr. Albanesi is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and is currently serving as Director of the Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program. Previously she served as chair of the Sociology department from 2012-2018 and was the Graduate Director of the MA program in Sociology from 2006-2013. Dr. Albanesi received her Ph.D. (2001) in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and completed her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Research interests include gender, disability, education, heterosexuality and religion. She currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in social theory, disability, veterans, sexuality, gender, class stratification, religion and culture. She served as President of the Western Social Science Association in 2015-2016. http://www.wssaweb.com

Recent Publications

Albanesi, Heather Powers, Philip Morris, and Steven Cassidy (2022) Service-connected disability: Belongingness, access, and quality of life for student veterans. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 35(3), 189-202.

Phillips, Rita and Heather Powers Albanesi (2022). Understanding the Victimization of US Army Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in US Public. Journal of Military and Veterans Health, 30(1), 51-64.

Cassidy, Steven and Heather Powers Albanesi (2021) “You haven’t gone out and done anything”: Exploring disabled veterans experiences in higher education. Armed Forces & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0095327X211063920

Morris, Philip, Heather Albanesi, and Steven Cassidy (2019) “Student-Veterans’ Perceptions of Barriers, Support, and Environment at a High-Density Veteran Enrollment Campus. Journal of Veterans Studies”, 4(2), pp.180–202. DOI:http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v4i2.102

Langston, Joseph, Heather Albanesi, and Matthew Facciani (2019) “Toward Faith: A Qualitative Study of Atheist Conversions to Christianity,” Journal of Religion and Society. Vol 21:1-24.

Albanesi, Heather (2017) “Tilting the playing field: ‘Redshirting’ kindergarten boys in the US and the competition for hegemonic masculinity”, Gender and Education. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540253.2017.1309009

Albanesi, Heather & Emily Nusbaum (2017) “Encountering institutional barriers and resistance: Disability discomfort on one campus” in Disability as Diversity in Higher Education, edited by Kim, Eunyoung and Katherine Czado Aquino, New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Disability-as-Diversity-in-Higher-Education-Policies-and-Practices-to/Kim-Aquino/p/book/9781138186187

Albanesi, Heather, Ferber, Abby, Herrera, Andrea O’Reilly, Nusbaum, Emily & Linda Ware (2015). “Infusing Feminist Disability Studies in Our Teaching.” In Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by Haltinner, Kristin and Ryanne Pilgeram, Springer Press.

Sauer, Janet & Heather Albanesi (2013) "Questioning Privilege from within the Special Education Process" Understanding and Dismantling Privilege. Vol. 1(3) Reprinted in: Kimmel, Michael and Abby Ferber (2013) Privilege: A Reader. Westview Press.

Albanesi, Heather, Dukes, Richard & Marsha Singlevich (2012) “With Strings Attached: Philanthropic Funding and Greater Inclusiveness,” Social Science Journal . DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2012.05.002

Dukes, Richard & Heather Albanesi, (2012) “Seeing Red: Quality of an essay, color of the grading pen and student reactions to the grading process” Social Science Journal, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soscij.2012.07.005

Gender and Sexual Agency: How Young People Make Choices about Sex. (2010) Lexington Books, a division of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.


"Eschewing Sexual Agency: A Gender Subjectivity Perspective" (2009) Race, Gender & Class: Special Issue on Socializing Our Youth, Volume 16, Number 1-2.

"Unplanned Pregnancy and Sexual Agency: Listening to Emotion" (2007/2008) Michigan Feminist Studies: Special Issue on Sexuality and Reproduction, No. 21.

"Moving Toward Agency: Gender Subjectivity and the Learning Curve of Sexual Encounters." (2008) In Sex, Gender and Sexuality: The New Basics, edited by Abby Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb, and Tre Wentling, Oxford University Press.