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African-American Studies

Celia Winkler

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Celia Winkler

Social Sciences 323 406-243-5843
Office Hours:

Tuesday 3:40-5
Wednesday 2-3
Thursday 1-2


After working as a legal services attorney for almost eight years, I decided that I needed to understand the political framework and mechanism for the devolution of the welfare state, beginning under the Reagan Administration. Because legal services work ranges from bandaids to tourniquets, I wanted to know how to make permanent and systemic changes that would result in the inclusion of all marginalized people, in the recognition of the necessity of creating and receiving of resources, care, and voice in every individual. No more wounds to bandage.


B.A. in Community Studies, UC Santa Cruz, 1976 J.D. Hastings College of the Law (UC), San Francisco, CA 1979 M.S. Sociology, University of Oregon, 1993 Ph.D. Sociology, University of Oregon, 1996  

Winkler, Celia. 2014. “Redefining Single Motherhood: The 1990s Child Support Discourse and the Dismantling of the U.S. Welfare State." Pages 255 to 277 in Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism, edited by Melinda Vandenbeld Giles. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Winkler, Celia and Kathy Kuipers. 2013. "The Economic Status of Women in Montana: How Far Have We Come Since Montana Elected the First Congresswoman?" Montana Business Quarterly 51(4):2-7.

Kuipers, Kathy and Celia Winkler. 2013. “Status of Women in Montana.” Technical paper prepared for the Montana Women’s Foundation.

Rooks, Daisy and Celia Winkler. 2012. “Learning Interdisciplinarity: Service Learning and the Promise of Interdisciplinary Teaching.” Teaching Sociology 40(1): 2-20.

Winkler, Celia. 2009. “Feminist Sociological Theory,” in Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology, [Ed. Charles Crothers], in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, []

Winkler, Celia. 2002. Single Mothers and the State: The Politics of Care in Sweden and the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Winkler, Celia. 2001. “Sweden's Child Support Guarantee and Women's Economic Independence.” Journal of Poverty 5(4): 29-‘49.

Winkler, Celia. 1998. “Mothering, equality and the individual: feminist debates and welfare policies in the USA and Sweden.” Community, Work & Family 1(2):149-166.


Current Couses

SPRING 2016 SOCI 455.01 Classical Sociological Theory - Tuesday and Thursday, 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM, Liberal Arts 308 SOCI 545 Seminar in Inequality and Social Justice - Wednesdays, 3:10 PM - 6:00 PM, Social Sciences 330  

Teaching Experience

Contemporary Social Theory, Classical Sociological Theory, Gender and Society, Political Sociology, Sociology of Poverty, Religion and Social Movements, Sociology of the Family, Families and the State  

Inclusion and Exclusion, Social Welfare and Welfare States, Political Sociology, Gender & Work, Feminist Theory, Historical Sociology

University of Montana

African-American Studies Program

Tobin Miller Shearer, Director

Phone: (406) 243-6225

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812