Michela Musto, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Michela Musto is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a PhD in sociology and a graduate certificate in Gender Studies in 2018. Her areas of expertise include gender, race, 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. 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 manuscript 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 youth sports as its subject of inquiry.