Michael Kimmel
Born 1951
Nationality American
Occupation Sociologist
Years active 1987-present
Employer State University of New York at Stony Brook
Known for Writings on:
gender studies
men and feminism
Spouse Amy Aronson

Michael Scott Kimmel (born 1951) is an American sociologist, specializing in gender studies. He holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in New York and is the editor of Men and Masculinities. Kimmel is a spokesperson of NOMAS (The National Organization For Men Against Sexism)[1]. He is the husband of Amy Aronson, a Fordham University Professor[citation needed], and lives in Brooklyn, New York[2].


Kimmel earned a B.A. with distinction from Vassar College in 1972; an M.A. from Brown University in 1974; and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 with a dissertation titled: Absolutism and its Discontents: Fiscal Crisis and Political Opposition in Seventeenth Century France and England.[3]


Comments regarding "fight clubs"

In an article about a "fight club" in Menlo Park, California, Kimmel remarked that there was a sadomasochistic thread running through them, and said they "are the male version of the girls who cut themselves. [...] All day long these guys think they're the captains of the universe, technical wizards. They're brilliant but empty. [...] They want to feel differently. They want to get hit, they want to feel something real." [4]


While Kimmel is a prominent author in the academic subfield of men's studies[5], his work has also been critiqued for being "anti-male" or an example of "misandry." Sociologist Anthony Synnott characterized Kimmel's work in Men's Lives and Manhood in America as "particularly misandric" and "dehumanizing" for using a long list of villains as examples of men without a single positive historical image.[6]


  • Kimmel (1987). Changing Men: New Directions in the Study of Men and Masculinity. Sage.
  • Kimmel (1988). Absolutism and its Discontents: State and Society in 17th Century France and England. Transaction.
  • Kimmel (1990). Revolution: A Sociological Perspective. Temple University Press.
  • Kimmel (1991). Men Confront Pornography. New American Library.
  • Kimmel (1992). Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the U.S., 1776–1990. Beacon.
  • Kimmel; Michael Messner (1989, 1992, 1995). Men's Lives. Macmillan.
  • Kimmel (1995). The Politics of Manhood. Temple University Press.
  • Kimmel (1996). Manhood in America: A Cultural History. Free Press.
  • Kimmel (2000). The Gendered Society. Oxford University Press.
  • Kimmel; Amy Aronson (2003). Men & Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO.
  • Kimmel; co-editor with Jeff Hearn and Robert Connell (2004). Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities. SAGE Publications. ISBN 0-76192-370-5.
  • Kimmel (2005). The Gender of Desire: Essays on Masculinity. Albany: State University of New York Press.
  • Kimmel (2008). Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. Harper.
  • Kimmel; Amy Aronson (2009). Sociology Now (2nd ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-20573-199-6.
  • Kimmel; Michael Messner (2010). Men's Lives. Pearson Allyn & Bacon.

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