Rebecca L. Bach

Rebecca L. Bach

Associate Professor of the Practice Emerita of Sociology

External address: 
260 Soc Psych Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5606


My major interests in sociology include gender, sexuality, and inequality. My past research has focused on a diverse range of topics associated with gender inequality in work and family roles including an analysis of the structural determinants of gender composition of university and college faculties, a longitudinal examination of educational decision-making and its relationship to eventual marriage and fertility rates of young women in Cairo, Egypt (with John Gulick, Carolina Population Center), and a qualitative analysis of the work and family commitment of men and women managers (with Catherine Zimmer,University of North Carolina). My current project is a qualitative analysis of the experience of motherhood in the context of domestic violence. I also continue my work on abstinence-only versus comprehensive sex education in public schools. I coordinate the sociology undergraduate internship program and teach SOC 11, Social Problems, SOC 149, Sexuality and Society, SOC 129, Gender, Work, and Organizations, and SOC 199S, Sociology Internship Seminar. In my leisure time, I enjoy watching women's and men's college basketball,rock and jazz music, and reading mystery novels.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Purdue University 1981

Bach, Rebecca, and Betsy Lucal. Managing Hostility in the Classroom. American Sociological Association, 2002.

Bach, R. “Team case study of a community organization.” Sociology Through Active Learning: Student Exercises, 2009, pp. 131–34. Scopus, doi:10.4135/9781483329819.n23. Full Text

Bach, R. L. “'Comparable Worth' and 'Sex Education'.” Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, edited by R. Chapman, M.E. Sharpe, 2008.

Bach, R. L. “Using Case Studies for Team Projects.” The Sociology of Gender and Work, edited by Patti Ann Giuffre, American Sociological Association, 2006.

Bach, R. L. “Rockin' Gender: Using Popular Music to Teach Gender.” Teaching Sociological Concepts and the Sociology of Gender, edited by Marybeth C. Stalp and Julie Childers, American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 2005.

Bach, R., and J. Weinzimmer. “Exploring the Benefits of Community-based Research in a Sociology of Sexualities Course.” Teaching Sociology, vol. 39, no. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 57–72. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0092055X10390647. Full Text

Bach, R. L. “The State of Sex Education in North Carolina: Is Abstinence-Only Sex Education Working?Sociation Today, vol. 4, no. 1, 2006.

Albers, B. D., and R. Bach. “Rockin' soc: Using popular music to introduce sociological concepts.” Teaching Sociology, vol. 31, no. 2, Jan. 2003, pp. 237–45. Scopus, doi:10.2307/3211313. Full Text

Bach, R. L. “Mass Education, Islamic Revival, and the Population Problem in Egypt.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, vol. 22, 1991, pp. 329–41.

Faust, K., et al. “Mass Education, Islamic Revival, and the Population Problem in Egypt.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, vol. 22, 1991, pp. 329–41.

Bach, R., et al. “Mother’s Influence on Daughter’s Orientation Toward Education in Cairo, Egypt.” Comparative Education Review, vol. 29, 1985, pp. 375–84.

Bach, R., and Carolyn Perrucci. “Organizational Influences on the Sex Composition of College and University Faculty.” Sociology of Education, vol. 57, Aug. 1983, pp. 193–98.

Bach, R. L. “Review of 'The Gender Knot: Rethinking Our Patriarchal Legacy'.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 27.

Bach, R. “A Legacy of Inequality.” The News and Observer, 4 Feb. 2001.