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Joan Mandle

Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology, Emerita


BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1966; MA, PhD, Bryn Mawr 1971

Teaching Experience

The Pennsylvania State University 1976-90; Nankai University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China 1985-87


Women in international perspective: global feminism, women and social change: the women's movement, social movements, social stratification, the family


Anglophone Caribbean - the development, spread and sociology of basketball in low-income communities; women in the United States - changes in the status of women and in the feminist movement since 1960; social movements in the United States - the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and the American left


  • "Sisterly Critics" (National Women's Studies Association Journal, 1999)
  • Women and Social Change in America (Princeton Book Company, 1979)
  • Caribbean Hoops: The Development of West Indian Basketball (Gordon and Breach, 1994) - co-author with Jay R. Mandle
  • Grass Roots Commitment: Basketball and Society in Trinidad and Tobago (Parkersburg, Iowa: Caribbean Books, 1988) - co-author with Jay R. Mandle
  • "The Failure of Caribbean Integration: Lessons from Grass Roots Basketball" (Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 1994) - co-author with Jay R. Mandle
  • "Basketball, Civil Society and the Post-Colonial State in the Commonwealth Caribbean" (Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 1990) - co-author with Jay R. Mandle
  • "Amateur Basketball in Trinidad and Tobago" (Sociology and Social Research: An International Journal, 1990) - co-author with Jay R. Mandle

Professional Experience

Campaign Manager, Congressman Robert W. Edgar (7-PA) 1982-86