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Gender & Women's Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Catherine Connolly, Ph.D., J.D.

Dr. Catherine Connolly

Director, Gender and Women’s Studies

Ross Hall 119


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Connolly arrived at UW in August of 1992 with a Ph.D. in Sociology and a law degree.  She has served as the Director of Women’s Studies from 2000-06, and from 2013-16.  She has adjunct appointments with American Studies and Disability Studies and helped to establish the Queer Studies minor. Her research interests have led to published work in the areas of second-parent adoptions, gay rights and the wage-gap. Cathy enjoys working with students, and has won numerous recognitions for outstanding teaching and advising.  In 2008, Cathy was elected to serve in the Wyoming House of Representatives, representing House District 13 in Laramie. In her legislative capacity, Cathy has also earned certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Western Legislative academy for state leaders.  She serves on numerous national, statewide, and community-based committees and boards. Cathy and her wife, Julie, live in town with their dog, Milo. Cathy has learned to love Julie’s herd of llamas. Cathy has a son who makes his living making fun of her as a stand-up comic in NYC


Ph.D, Sociology, SUNY-Buffalo, 1992; 

JD (cum laude), SUNY-Buffalo, 1991.

[Certificate for State and Local Government Leaders, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2009]

Research Interests and Selected Publications

Dr. Connolly’s research involves an examination of social stratification and institutions, particularly the law and the economy. Her work often has a practical bent with an eye towards social justice. She has published pieces that address issues in Wyoming including the wage gap between men and women, and gay rights. She is currently a member of the Pathways from Prison research collaborative, examining the experiences of currently and formerly incarcerated women in Wyoming.

Recent Publications 

2016 The Wage Gap between Wyoming’s Men and Women: 2016, Wyoming Women’s Foundation (35pp.)

2015 with Susan Dewey, Bonnie Zare, Rhett Epler, & Rosemary Bratton, Findings from the “Pathways from Prison” Study. 2015, Report to the Wyoming Department of Corrections.

2015 Gay Rights in Wyoming, invited book chapter, A Proud Heritage: People, Issues and Documents of the LGBT Experience, Stewart, C, Ed.. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO; pp. 1237-46.

2015 with Aimee Van Cleave and Melanie Vigil. Gay Rights in New Mexico invited book chapter, A Proud Heritage: People, Issues and Documents of the LGBT Experience, Stewart, C, Ed.. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO; pp. 1090-1100.

2011. “Gay Rights in Wyoming: A Review of Federal and State Law.” Wyoming Law Review, Vol. 11(1), pp. 125-63.

2010 with Katrina Brown. “The Role of Law in Promoting Women in Elite Athletics: An Examination of Four Nations.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 45, No.1, pp. 3-22.

2009 “Gay and Lesbian Families Around the Globe: An examination of gender, citizenship and the law,” in Genero, Ciudadania y Globalizacion (eds. Mar Gallego Duran, Rosa Garcia Gutierrez, and Rosa Giles Carnero), Ediciones Alfar, Sevilla,, Spain, pp. 233-249.


WMST 1080 – Intro to Women’s Studies WMST 2000 – Intro to LGBTQ Studies WMST 2500 - Gender and Society WMST 4210 – Feminist Research Methods WMST 4300 – The Politics of Sexuality WMST 4500 – Special Topics: Gender, Sexuality and the Law WMST 4700 - Feminist Theories


Mortar Board Top Professor,

A&S Top 20 Teacher,

Extraordinary Merit in Teaching,

Extraordinary Merit in Advising

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