Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer

Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Dept. of Anglophone Studies

mstambolis@gmail.com

Education


Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales 2015

Dissertation : The Culture of Knowledge: Constructing "Expertise" in Legal Debates on Marriage and Kinship for Same-Sex Couples in France and the United States.

Committee : Abigail Saguy (Chair), Eric Fassin (co-chair,Université Paris VIII), Hannah Landeker, Edward Walker, Juliet Williams (Gender Studies)

Field Exams : Cultural Sociology (passed September 2011) and Sociology of Gender (passed January 2012)


Graduate Certificate, Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles 2013


M.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles 2010

Thesis : Homosexual or Gay? Sexual Identity in France and the United States

Committee : Abigail Saguy (Chair), Mignon Moore


M.A. American Studies, Université de Toulouse II 2008

Thesis : They Pledge Allegiance to the Fag: "America" in French Discourse on the Gay Community

Committee : Judith Ezekiel (co-chair), Nathalie Dessens (co-chair)


Certificate of Political Studies, Institut d'Études Politiques, Toulouse 2005


B.A. French Studies, Dickinson College 2004

Senior Honors Thesis : Epidemic and Identity: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of AIDS Prevention Approaches in France and the United States


Publications

Journal Articles

Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael and Abigail Saguy. Forthcoming. "How to Describe it? Why the Term 'Coming Out' Means Different Things in the U.S. and France." Sociological Forum 29(4).


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. 2013. "Labels of Love: How Migrants Negotiate (or Not) the Culture of Sexual Identity." American Journal of Cultural Sociology 1(3): 321-345.


Moore, Mignon and Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer. 2013. "LGBT Sexuality and Families at the Start of the Twenty-First Century." Annual Review of Sociology 39(1): 491-507.


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. 2005. "Epidemic and Identity: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of AIDS Prevention Approaches in France and the United States." Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad 12: 191-203.


Chapters in Edited Volumes


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. "La Rercherche sur les Enfants de Couples Lesbiens et de Femmes Seules Nés de Don Anonyme aux États-Unis [The Research on the Children of Lesbian Couples and Single Women Conceived through Donor Insemination in the United States]. In Donner et Après: La Procréation par Don de Spermatoïdes avec ou sans Anonymat? edited by Pierre Jouannet and Roger Mieusset. Paris: Lavoisier


Works in Progress


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. “Le Droit et L’Empirie: Comment les Structures Politiques et Juridiques Influence l’Expertise dans les Débats sur Le Mariage et La Filiation en France et aux États-Unis [Law and Empiricism: How Political and Legal Structures Influence Expertise in Debates on Marriage and Parenting in France and the United States].” Chapter in Actes du Colloque Comparaison Franco-Américaine edited by Daniel Sabbagh and Maude Simonet. Under Review at the Presses Universitaires de Rennes.


Stambolis-Ruhstorferm, Michael and Josselin Tricou. “Resisting ‘Gender Theory’ in France: A Fulcrum for Religious Action in a Secular Society.” Chapter in “Gender Ideology”: Mobilization of conservative groups against gender equality and sexual citizenship in Europe edited by Roman Kuhar and David Paternotte.


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. “Expertise and Counter-Expertise: How Experts Oppose each other in Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting Debates.” Article for special edition of Social Movement Studies on “Sexuality and Opposing Social Movements” edited by Olivier Filleule and Christophe Broqua.


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. “How Political and Legal Structures Shape ‘Expertise’ in French and American Debates on Marriage and Parenting for Same-Sex Couples.” Draft Available.


Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. “How National Differences in Political Legacies Explain Why the French and Americans Disagree about the Gay Community and the Causes of Homosexuality.” Draft Available.


Research & Teaching Interests

Culture, Knowledge, Law & Society, Politics, Sexualities, Gender, Family, Social Movements, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Qualitative Methods


Academic Grants, Fellowships & Awards

Grants

National Science Foundation 2012

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant ($10,243)

Law and Social Sciences Division, Grant # SES 1226663

Project Title: What is Homophobia? Defining Discrimination in France and the United States

Travel Grant, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA ($250) 2012

Teaching Fellow Mini-Grant, UCLA Office of Instructional Development ($300) 2010

Fellowships

Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA 2014-2015

$20,000 for dissertation completion

Karpf Peace Prize, UCLA 2012 2013

$5,000 for dissertation research

Chateaubriand Fellowship, Fulbright Commission/Ministère des Affaires Étrangères 2012-2013

$16,000 and institutional support for year-long dissertation research in France

European Studies Fellowship, College of Letters and Sciences, UCLA 2012-2013

$8,000 for dissertation research

Dissertation Fellowship, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA 2012

$3,000 for dissertation research in France

Chancellor's Prize, UCLA 2009-2010

$10,000 for discretionary graduate research

Sociology Graduate Fellowship, UCLA 2008-2013

2 years fellowship at $18,000 each and 3 years teaching assistantship

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Toulouse II, American Studies 2005-2007

2 years teaching assistantship

Awards

Excellent in Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, UCLA 2011

Phi Beta Kappa, Dickinson College 2004

Highest Honors in French, Dickinson College 2004

Summa Cum Laude, Dickinson College 2004

North East Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages Award 2004


Presentations

Invited Presentations

"Les Contraintes du Contexte Politique et Scientifique sur la Circulation Transnationale du Savoir sur l'Homoparentalité [The Constraints of Political and Scientific Context on the Transnational Circulation of Knowledge on Same-Sex Parenting]." To be presented at the Centre de Recherche Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris (Cresspa). Paris, France. November 26, 2014.

"Comprendre la Recherche sur les Enfants dans les Couples de Même Sexe et les Différences Nationales [Understanding the Research on Childhood Outcomes of Children Raised by Same-Sex Parents and Differences across National Contexts]." At Université de Toulouse II, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Toulouse, France. December 19, 2013.

"Les Enfants dans les Couples de Même Sexe: Comprendre Leur Contexte, Leur Présent, et Leur Avenir. [Children of Same-Sex Couples: Understanding their Context, Present, and Future]." For hearings held by the Working Group on Assisted Reproduction at the French National Academy of Medicine. Paris, France. November 26, 2013.

"Les Couples de Même Sexe et Leurs Enfants aux États-Unis [Same-Sex Couples and Their Children in the United States]." On panel at Colloque Femmes, Féminismes, Recherches: 30 Ans Après Pre-Conference. Toulouse, France. December 13, 2012.


Conference Presentations , 2014

"Reconnaissance Scientifique et Juridique de l'Homoparentalité en France et aux Etats-Unis: Influences Réciproques du Droit et du Savoir [Scientific and Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Parenting in France and the United States: The Reciprocal Influences of Law and Knowledge]." Accepted for Congrès Institut Genre. Lyon, France. September 2014.

"How Political and Legal Structures Shape 'Expertise' in French and American Gay Marriage Debates." Accepted for American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 2014.

"'Expert' Debates on Marriage and Kinship for Same-Sex Couples in Le Monde and The New York Times." At Council for European Studies Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. March 15, 2014.

"How Political and Legal Structures shape 'Expertise' in Debates on Marriage and Kinship for Same-Sex Couples in France and the United States." At Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. February 20, 2014.

"How National Differences in Politicization Explain why French and U.S. Sexual Minorities Understand the 'Gay Community' and the Causes of Homosexuality Differently." At Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. February 20, 2014.

2013

"La Construction de l'Expertise dans les Débats sur le Mariage et la Filiation Pour les Couples de Même Sexe en France et aux Etats Unis. [The Construction of Expertise in Debates on Mariage and Parenting for Same-Sex Couples in France and the United States]." At French Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Nantes, France. September 4, 2013.

"Telling your Homosexuality: France and the Cultural Limits of 'Coming Out.'" First author with Abigail Saguy. At American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. August 10, 2013.

"'Expert' Debates on Marriage and Kinship for Same-Sex Couples in Le Monde and The New York Times." At Sociology of the Media Pre-Conference of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY. August 9, 2013.

"L'Expertise dans les Débats sur le Mariage et La Filiation des Couples de Même Sexe [Expertise in Debates on Marriage and Parenting for Same-Sex Couples]." At French Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Paris, France. July 9 2013.

"Sexual and National Belonging in Europe and the U.S." At Council For European Studies Annual Meeting. Amsterdam. June 26, 2013.

"The Culture of Knowledge: 'Expertise' and Gay Marriage Debates in France and the United States." At Colloque comparaison franco-américaine. Paris, France. June 17, 2013

"Telling your Homosexuality: France and the Cultural Limits of 'Coming Out.'" First author with Abigail Saguy. At Eastern Sociological Association Mini-Conference on Comparative Cultural Sociology. Boston, MA. March 23, 2013.

2012

"Telling your Homosexuality: France and the Cultural Limits of 'Coming Out.'" First author with Abigail Saguy. March 23. At Council For European Studies Annual Conference. Boston, MA. March 23, 2012

2011

"Learning to be Homosexual, not Gay: LGB Migrants as 'Outsiders Within' in France and the United States." AtLGBT/Queer Studies: Toward Trans/national Scholarly and Activist Kinships Conference. Madrid, Spain. July 4, 2011.

"Homosexuel(le)' ou gay? L'Identité Sexuelle en France et aux États-Unis [Homosexual or Gay? Sexual Identity in France and the United States]." At French Sociology Association Annual Meeting. Grenoble, France. July 6, 2011.

2010

"Same Sex Different Nation: French and American Expatriate Frames on Sexual Identity." At American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. August 14, 2010.

2009

"They Pledge Allegiance to the Fag: 'America' in French Discourse on the Gay Community." Presented at round table discussion at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. August 8, 2009.

Discussant

"When the Professional Becomes Political: Responding to the New Family Structures Survey." At the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. New York, New York. August 12, 2013.

Organizer

Session organizer. "Savoirs sur le Genre et la Sexualité: Construction, Diffusion, Circulation. [Knowledge about Gender and Sexuality: Construction, Diffusion, Circulation]." At Congrès Institut Genre. Lyon, France. September 2014.


Research Experience

Member of Research Team, "Enfances et Homoparentalités" 2013-present

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Project Title: Enfances et Homoparentalités [Childhood and Same-Sex Families]

Member of interdisciplinary (Sociology, Anthropology, Developmental Psychology) research team conducting France's first cohort study of children born to same-sex couples. Currently developing interview and clinical protocols for data collection beginning in 2015. Funded by a grant from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche and in partnership with ELEFE (Etude Longitudinale Française depuis l'Enfance, Unité Mixte INED-INSERM-EFS).

Marvin Hoffenberg Research Fellow 2011-2012

UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy

Project Title: Coming Out as…: Social Movement Spillover and Political Innovation

Collected, analyzed, and wrote up data on "coming out" as gay in France and the U.S. cases.

Research Assistant to Mignon Moore, UCLA Department of Sociology 2012

Project Title: LGBT Families and Sexualities in the 21st Century

Conducted review of literature on LGBT families published in sociology since 1995.


Teaching Experience

Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles

Freshman Cluster Seminar (GE 72CW) Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Title: Cross-Cultural Studies in Sexuality, Identity, and Politics

Developed and taught a writing intensive seminar for 20 first-year students for 4 spring quarters. Mentored students on original empirical research projects. Course completes last of three-quarter series that meets general education and writing requirements.

Independent Study Seminar (Soc199) Winter/Spring 2011

Title: Race, Class, and Gender in the "It Get's Better" Campaign

Developed and taught research seminar on content analysis for 7 senior sociology majors. Advised students on research methods and writing strategies for final research papers.

Teaching Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles

Sex: From Biology to Gendered Society Freshman Cluster (GE 72) Fall/Winter 2010-2012

Taught twelve undergraduate sections for a selective freshmen interdisciplinary lecture course instructed by Arnold (Biology), Haselton (Evolutionary Psychology), Saguy (Sociology), and Vilain (Genetics). Course meets general education sciences and social sciences and writing requirements.

Instructor, École Nationale d'Aviation Civile, Toulouse, France

English Comprehension for Engineers and Air Traffic Controllers AY 2007-2008

Taught 6 year-long seminar courses of 10 students each in general English, TOEFL and Cambridge preparation for engineering majors.

Introduction to Academic Research Methods for Engineers Spring 2008

Developed and taught 15 engineering students basic secondary academic research methods. Advised students as they developed and presented research projects.

Instructor, Université Champollion, Albi, France

Research Methodology in American Studies (L1ANG12) AY 2007-2008

Developed and taught freshmen lecture course in multidisciplinary (history, literature, sociology) research methodology and college essay writing and crafting (organization, stylistics, citation methods) for required course for American Studies major.

Instructor, Université de Toulouse II, Toulouse, France

American Civilization (L1ANG123) Fall 2005, 2006

Developed and taught lecture course on basics of United States government, civic history, and political systems. Required for American Studies and English majors.

Business English (LEA1) Winter 2005

Taught lecture course on English writing and oral comprehension for business majors.

Listening and oral Comprehension Levels 1, 2, 3 (AN04/AN08/AN012) AYs 2005-2007

Taught seminar courses for 20 students each on English listening comprehension and oral expression required for English majors.

Head Tutor, Writing Center, Dickinson College AY 2003-2004

Tutored in English and French papers for undergraduates. Member of the college's writing intensive courses steering committee.


Professional and Department Service

Associate Editor, International Social Science Journal 2016-present

Reviewer, Sociological Forum 2014-present

Graduate Student Representative, Section on the Sociology of Culture 2014-present

American Sociological Association

Executive Committee Member, Section on the Sociology of Sexualities 2013-present

French Sociological Association

Graduate Student Representative, Sexuality & Gender Research Network 2013-present

Council for European Studies

Editorial Board Member, CritCom: Reviews and Critical Commentary 2013-2014

Council for European Studies

Co-Coordinator, Sociology of Gender Working Group 2009-2012

University of California, Los Angeles

Co-President, Sociology Graduate Student Association 2010-2011

University of California, Los Angeles


Other Publications & Public Sociology

Peer-Reviewed Book Reviews

Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. 2014. "Désir Homosexuel et Culture Gay [Homosexual Desire and Gay Culture]" book review of "How to be Gay?" by David Halperin. La Vie des Idées.fr (June 27). http://www.laviedesidees.fr/Desir-homosexuel-et-culture-gay.html

Academic Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles

Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael and Casiana Ionita, editors. 2014. "Over the European Rainbow: Sexual and Gender Minorities in Europe." CritCom: A Forum for Research and Commentary on Europe. May 13. http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/critcom/over-the-european-rainbow/

Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. 2014. "Where Does the Rainbow Shine Brightest? Comparing the Legal Status of LGBT People in Europe and the United States Today." CritCom: A Forum for Research and Commentary on Europe. July 10. http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/critcom/where-does-the-rainbow-shine-brightest-comparing-the-legal-status-of-lgbt-people-in-europe-and-the-united-states-today/

Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. 2012. "The Sexual Field: A New Theory for Classic Questions." Center for the Study of Women Update (April). http://www.csw.ucla.edu/publications/newsletters/2011-2012/article-pdfs/Apr125.pdf

Blog Posts

Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Michael. 2013. "A Transatlantic Perspective on French Opposition to Same - Sex Marriage." Transatlantic Conversations Blog. April 23. http://gslj.hypotheses.org/67


Professional Affiliations

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Sections on Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Sexualities, Sociology of Knowledge, Political Sociology, Sociology of Law, Sex & Gender, Race, Class, & Gender

Council for European Studies (CES)

Research Network on Sexualities & Gender

Eastern Sociological Society (ESS)

French Sociological Association (AFS)

Section on Sociology of Sexualities

French Political Science Association (AFSP)

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) <>


References


Abiagil C. Saguy (Ph.D. Chair)

Associate Professor and Vice Chair, UCLA

Sociology

264 Haines Hall, 375 Portola Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

saguy@soc.ucla.edu | (310) 794-4979

Eric Fassin

Professor, Université Paris VIIi

Sociology and Political Science

2 rue de la Liberté

93526 Saint-Denis, France

eric.fassin@gmail.com

Hannah L. Landecker

Associate Professor, UCLA

Sociology and UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics

264 Haines Hall, 375 Portola Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

landecker@soc.ucla.edu | (310) 825-1517

Mignon R. Moore

Associate Professor, UCLA

Sociology and African American Studies

264 Haines Hall, 375 Portola Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

moore@soc.ucla.edu | (310) 206-9678

Edward T. Walker

Associate Professor, UCLA

Sociology

264 Haines Hall, 375 Portola Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

walker@soc.ucla.edu | (310) 206-2918

Juliet Williams

Associate Professor and Dean, UCLA

Gender Studies

1120 Rolfe Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095

jawilliams@gender.ucla.edu | (310) 794-7954