Elizabeth Sweet

professor of sociology at UC Davis


Dr. Elizabeth Sweet is a sociologist and Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Davis. Her current research focuses on gender and children's toys. She is interested broadly in the intersection between gender inequality and culture as well as the sociology of the family and the sociology of childhood.

Elizabeth earned her PhD in sociology at the University of California Davis in December of 2013. Her dissertation research examines gender, children's toys, and gender inequality over the 20th century. She is currently expanding upon this research to look more deeply at the transformations in the gendering of toys during the second half of the 20th century.

She has written about gender and children's toys for The Atlantic and the New York Times and her research has been featured in many national and international press outlets.

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