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Margaret Gentry’s areas of teaching and research include widowhood, women and aging, marriage and family life, violence against women, and feminist pedagogics. Before joining the academic world she was a mental health worker in Boston and a research associate for the National Institute on Aging, studying needs and behavioral strategies of widows throughout the lifespan.

Gentry is co-author of the book, Gender and Thought: Psychological Perspectives (1989), and wrote numerous articles that have been published in journals such as Psychology of Women Quarterly, Psychology and Aging, and elsewhere. Gentry received her doctorate in psychology from Washington University.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Feminist Methodological Perspectives
  • Introduction to Feminist Thought
  • Seminar in Nurturance and Violence
  • Women and Madness
  • Women and Aging


  • Christian A. Johnson Teaching Enhancement Fellowship, awarded for 2015-16
  • Emerson Award for student-faculty research, 2005
  • Fulbright Award, University of Delhi, India, 1992-93
  • Pentagon Honor Society Recognition Award, Hamilton College, 1990
  • Margaret Bundy Scott Fellowship, Hamilton College, 1986-1987
  • Washington University Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 1980-1981

Selected Publications

  • Gentry, M. (2013). "In their own voice." In M. Paludi (Ed.), Women and management: Global issues and promising solutions, Vol.1 (pp. 107-09). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • Gentry, M. (2001). "How do you teach controversy?" Transformations, 12 (2), 77-79.
  • Gentry, M. (1998). "The sexual double standard: The influence of number of relationships  and level of sexual activity on judgments of women and men." Psychology of Women Quarterly, 22, 505-511.
  • Gentry, M. (1992). "Women in academe." Women's Classical Caucus Newsletter, 36-39.
  • Gentry, M. & Herrmann, D. (1990). "Memory contrivances in everyday life." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 16, 241-253.
  • Gentry, M. (1990). "Women's studies at Hamilton College." NWSAction.
  • Crawford, M. & Gentry M. (1989).  Gender and thought:  Psychological perspectives. New York: Springer-Verlag Publishers.
  • Gentry, M. (1989). "Feminist perspectives on gender and thought: Paradox and potential." In M. Crawford & M. Gentry  (Eds). Gender and thought: Psychological perspectives  (pp. 1-16). New York: Springer-Verlag Publishers.
  • Gentry, M. & Shulman, A. D. (1988). "Remarriage as a coping strategy for widowhood." Psychology and Aging, 3, 191-196.
  • Gentry, M., Rosenman, L., & Shulman, A.D. (1987). "Comparisons of the needs and support systems of remarried and nonremarried widows." In H. Z. Lopata (Ed.), Widows: Vol. 2. North America (pp. 158-170). Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
  • Gentry, M. & Shulman, A. D. (1985).  "Survey of sampling techniques in widowhood research, 1973-1983." Journal of Gerontology, 40 (5), 641-643.

Educational Background

Ph.D., Washington University
B.A., Duke University

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