Daina S. Eglitis

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Daina S. Eglitis

Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-1515
Fax: 202-994-3239

After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1998, Professor Eglitis joined George Washington University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. In 2001, she became a regular member of the Sociology faculty.

Professor Eglitis's research focuses on the social dimensions of postcommunist transformations in Eastern Europe. She is especially interested in the ways in which transformation has affected women in the region and the ways in which women have responded to the dramatic changes of the last decade. She is also interested in poverty and class inequality in both the newly-capitalist states of Eastern Europe and modern capitalist states like those in the West. In 2007-2008, Professor Eglitis was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia. Recently, she was selected to be an International Scholar in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. In this capacity, she will be working on research and curriculum development together with the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the Yerevan State University in Armenia.

Classical and contemporary social theory, feminist theory, social stratification in newly capitalist and advanced capitalist states, women and social change.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 2104 Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOC 2170 Class and Inequality in American Society

SOC 2175 Sociology of Sex and Gender

SOC 6239 Contemporary Sociological Theory