Sociology Professor Presented at Conference in England

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dr. Kristenne Robison, Westminster College assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper at the Gender, Work, and Organization 2010 conference June 21-23 at Keele University, Staffordshire, England.

Robison's presentation, "The Ethical, Political and Pragmatic Implications of Hiring Policewomen to 'Care' in the Department," was part of the "Ethics and Politics of Gender in Organizations" stream.

Some scholars boast that one of the merits of adding women to a police force is that they bring a more feminine, supportive approach ("ethic of care") to police work, while others disagree. Robison's paper explores the implications of hiring policewomen to engage in "women's work" and implement "feminine values" on the job.

Her position is supported by an ethnographic study of a large police department in the Northeast whose force boasts 25% women and 33% minorities, well above national averages. The study was based on 30 in-depth interviews with female officers and five administrators and 18 ride-alongs with female officers. Robison found that varying levels of caring behaviors were influenced by the demands of the situation, the gendered organization, and the individual characteristics of the officer.

Robison, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2009, earned an undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, master's from the Ohio State University, and master's and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Contact Robison at (724) 946-6033 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Kristenne Robison at Westminster Abbey