Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University
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About Michela Musto, Sociologist at Stanford University

Michela Musto is a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her work specializes in gender, race & ethnicity, education, children & youth, sport media, and social inequality.

Michela Musto, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Stanford University


Michela Musto (photo credit: Juliet Suess)

Michela Musto (photo credit: Juliet Suess)

Michela Musto is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Her areas of expertise include gender, race & ethnicity, education, children & youth, and sport.

Michela’s work investigates the contexts under which schools and extracurricular activities reproduce social inequality, including academically tracked classrooms, youth sports and other after school activities, and collegiate athletics. Her current project examines the social construction of exceptionalism in early adolescence. An article in American Sociological Review identifies how school processes shape middle school students’ gendered and racialized beliefs about their intelligence. She is also working on a book project on this same topic.

In addition to receiving funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Association for University Women, and the Haynes Foundation, Michela’s work has received awards from the ASA Sex & Gender and Children & Youth Sections.

Michela’s previous work on girls’ and women’s advancement into the historically male-dominated field of sport has been published in Gender & Society, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Communication & Sport. She is also the co-author of Child’s Play, an edited volume published with Rutgers University Press that takes social inequality in youth sport as its subject of inquiry.