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Tina Fetner

Tina Fetner

Tina Fetner

Associate Professor


Areas of Interest



Social Movements
Political Sociology
Social Inequality


Research Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 2013-2015. "Survey of Sexual Behaviour in Canada: A Pilot Study." Insight Development Grant. $73,529.

Forward With Integrity Grant, McMaster University. 2013. “Using Active‐Learning Classrooms to Support Undergraduate Research.” $6,000. Tina Fetner (PI) and Gerald Bierling.

McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences Collaborative Initiative Grant. 2013-2015. "McMaster Institute for Empirical Social Science Research," $94,850. Tina Fetner and Jerry Hurley (co-PIs), Michelle Dion, James Dunn, Melanie Heath, Abigail Payne and Byron Spencer (co-Investigators).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 2011-2014. "Economic Inequality and Prejudice in Cross-National Perspective." Standard Research Grant #410-2011-2369. Principal investigator. $38,714.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 2007-2010. "The Changing Face of Matrimony in Canada." Standard Research Grant. $74,000. Adam Isaiah Green (PI), Barry Adam and Tina Fetner (co-Investigators).

Academic Innovation Grant, McMaster University Faculty of Social Sciences. 2007-2008. "Learning Technologies for Large Lectures: Video Podcasts and Clickers." $1,160.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 2006-2009. "Youth Activism in Gay-Straight Alliances." Standard Research Grant, Principle investigator. $56,396.

McMaster University Arts Research Board. 2005. "Canadians' Changing Attitudes toward Homosexuality." $6,751.



  • Ph.D. Sociology. 2001. New York University, New York, NY
  • M.A. Sociology. 1996. New York University, New York, NY
  • B.A. Economics. 1990. University of California, Santa Cruz



Selected Publications


Tina Fetner. 2008. How the Religious Right Shaped Lesbian and Gay Activism. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.


Tina Fetner and Melanie Heath. Forthcoming. "Do Same-Sex and Straight Weddings Aspire to the Fairytale? Women's Conformity and Resistance to Traditional Weddings." Sociological Perspectives.

Tina Fetner and Athena Elafros. Forthcoming. "The GSA Difference: LGBTQ and Ally Experiences in High Schools With and Without Gay-Straight Alliances" Social Sciences.

Tina Fetner, Allyson Stokes, and Carrie B. Sanders. 2015. "Institution Building and the Religious Right: Lessons from U.S. and Canadian History." Pp. 44-60 in Howard Ramos and Kathleen Rodgers, eds., Protest and Politics: The Promise of Social Movement Societies. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Tina Fetner and Brayden G. King. 2014. "Three-Layer Movements, Resources, and the Tea Party." Pp. 35-54 in Nella van Dyke and David S. Meyer, eds., Understanding the Tea Party Movement. Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

Tina Fetner. 2013. "Religious Right Activism in Canada and the United States: Are We Headed in the Same Direction?" Pp. 123-143 in Nancy Christie, Michael Gauvreau and Stephen Heathorn, eds., The Sixties and Beyond:  Dechristianization as History in Britain, Canada, the United States and Western Europe, 1945-2000. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Tina Fetner, Athena Elafros, Sandra Bortolin and Coralee Drechsler. 2012. "Safe Spaces: Gay-Straight Alliances in High School." Canadian Review of Sociology 49: 188-207.

Tina Fetner and Carrie B. Sanders. 2012. "Similar Strategies, Different Outcomes: Institutional Histories of the Christian Right of Canada and of the United States." Pp. 245-262 in Strategies for Social Change, Deana Rohlinger, Greg Maney, Rachel Kutz-Flamembaum, and Jeff Goodwin, eds. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Tina Fetner and Carrie B. Sanders. 2011. "The Pro-Family Movement in Canada and the United States: Institutional Histories and Barriers to Diffusion." Pp. 87-100 in Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States. David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox, eds. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Robert Andersen and Tina Fetner. 2008. "Economic Inequality and Intolerance: Attitudes toward Homosexuality in 35 Democracies." American Journal of Political Science 52:942-58.

Robert Andersen and Tina Fetner. 2008. "Cohort Differences in Tolerance of Homosexuality: Attitudinal Change in Canada and the United States, 1981-2000." Public Opinion Quarterly 72:311-330.

Tina Fetner and Kristin Kush. 2008. "Lesbian and Gay Activism in High Schools: The Emergence of Gay-Straight Alliances." Youth & Society 40:114-130.

Jackie Smith and Tina Fetner. 2007. "Structural Approaches to Social Movements." Chapter in Conny Roggeband and Bert Klandermans, eds. Handbook of Social Movements across Disciplines. Springer Press.

Tina Fetner. 2006. "The Pro-Family Movement." Chapter 59 in Steven Seidman, Nancy Fischer and Chet Meeks, eds. Introducing the New Sexuality Studies. London and NY: Routledge.

Tina Fetner. 2005. "Ex-gay Rhetoric and the Politics of Sexuality: The Christian Antigay/Pro-family Movement's 'Truth in Love' Ad Campaign." Journal of Homosexuality 50(1):71-96.

Edwin Amenta, Neal Caren, Tina Fetner and Michael P. Young. 2002. "Challengers and States: Toward a Political Sociology of Social Movements." Research in Political Sociology 10:47-83.

Tina Fetner. 2001. "Working Anita Bryant: The Impact of Christian Antigay Activism on Lesbian and Gay Movement Claims." Social Problems 48:411-28.

Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom and Tina Fetner. 2001. "Sharing Secrets Slowly: Issues of Classroom Self-Disclosure Raised by Student Sex Workers." Teaching Sociology 29:439-53.


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