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Sep. 28 | Experimental Design Workshop | Fragile Masculinity: Gender Nonconformity and the Labeling of Transgender Children

  • 501D Knox Hall | Columbia University 606 West 122nd Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
Tey Meadow (left) and Kate Khanna (right)

Tey Meadow (left) and Kate Khanna (right)

WHEN: Friday, September 28th, 2018, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Knox Hall 501D, 606 W 122nd Street

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!

This study asks whether the category of masculinity is more fragile than that of femininity by testing whether male children are more likely than female children to be labeled transgender for engaging in gender-nonconforming behavior. Our experiment uses vignettes to present the scenarios, manipulating name (i.e. gender) and age of the children in each vignette. Respondents then answer several questions about the child's potential gender and/or sexuality, their political views regarding transgender rights, and demographic questions.

Tey Meadow is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her scholarship spans the domains of law, politics, the family, sexuality and gender, with a specific focus on the creation and maintenance of social classifications. 

Kate Khanna is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. Her current research focuses on privilege and constraint in educational decision-making, as well as the relation between social class and masculinity.


Through the Experimental Design Workshop, social scientists at Columbia have the opportunity to workshop the design of an experiment they have not yet fielded. Presenters will receive specific, actionable feedback on that design from other workshop participants. For inquiries about the Experimental Design Workshop Series, please contact Daniel Tadmon ( or Maria Abascal (

Funding support for the Experimental Design Workshop is provided by the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series, administered by INCITE, which features events and programming that embody and honor Lazarsfeld’s commitment to the improvement of methodological approaches that address concerns of vital cultural and social significance.