Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology

5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 301

Caterina Fugazzola is an Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Sociology. She holds a PhD and an MA in Sociology from the University of Chicago, an MA in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Languages and Economic and Legal Institutions of East Asia from Ca’Foscari University of Venice. 

Her general interests include social movements, gender and sexuality studies, transnational sociology, and qualitative research methods. Her dissertation, “What’s in a Name? Language, Culture, and Tongzhi Strategies for Social Change,” focuses on sexual identity organizing in the People’s Republic of China, and examines strategies for social change in a political context that precludes avenues for direct political engagement. Her doctoral work is based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and rhetorical analysis of online context, and takes the contemporary tongzhi (LGBT) movement in the People’s Republic of China as a case in which grassroots groups have achieved significant social change—in terms of visibility, social acceptance, and participation—in virtual absence of public protest, and under conditions of tightening governmental control over civil society groups. Cate’s future work will continue engaging with the tactical use of language and culture, looking at the way narratives, discourses, and identities interact with—and contribute to—processes of social change.