After completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Connecticut, Kathryn Stockton earned a master of divinity from the Yale Divinity School. She went on to obtain an MA and a PhD from Brown University, and in 1987 she joined the faculty at the University of Utah. Today, she holds the title of Distinguished Professor of English and has won numerous awards, most notably the university’s highest honor, the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. In the summer of 2011, Kathryn Bond Stockton was invited to participate as faculty in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University.

Hosted by Cornell University since 1997, the School of Criticism and Theory was founded by Murray Krieger in 1976 at the University of California, Irvine. Structured as a six-week summer school, it focuses on four core faculty members, characterized once as “the most exciting and influential thinkers in the world,” each of whom conducts a six-week seminar. Kathryn Stockton’s seminar was titled Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond.

Popular and well-respected in academic circles around the world, the School of Criticism and Theory has evolved into an influential forum. It can generally accommodate about 90 students each summer and is open to faculty members or advanced graduate students. Financial aid for the program is available from Cornell. In addition, many colleges and universities nationwide offer financial assistance to accepted faculty and students.


Professor Kathryn Stockton served as the director of gender studies from 2000-2011 at the University of Utah, where she is also a distinguished professor of English. She has taught more than 20 graduate- and undergraduate-level courses throughout her career and has been recognized for both her teaching skills and her scholarship on numerous occasions. This past May, Kathryn Stockton was awarded another honor: the 2013 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the University of Utah’s most prestigious award for a faculty member.

The Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence is an annual award presented to a faculty member at the University of Utah for excellence in teaching, research, and administration. The president of the university appoints a selection committee comprised of members of the university’s faculty and administration. The committee members recommend several of their colleagues as candidates for the prize to the president, who subsequently makes the final selection and announces the recipient during the university’s commencement exercises.

Kathryn Bond Stockton is the author several books, including The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century.

In addition to her recent reception of the University of Utah’s distinguished Rosenblatt Award, Distinguished English Professor Kathryn Stockton is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

NOW was founded in 1966 out of frustration with occupational sex discrimination, which was deemed permissible by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. To combat sex discrimination not just in the work place, but in the culture at large, NOW was formed with a broad mission: to fight for gender equality everywhere. Today, NOW focuses on securing constitutionally protected equality, advocates for reproductive rights, and fights discrimination against racial and sexual minorities. The organization also works to combat violence against women and provides resources for survivors of domestic abuse. Currently, NOW has more than 500,000 active members across all 50 states.

Kathryn Bond Stockton is the author of the books “God Between Their Lips,” “Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame” and “The Queer Child.” She has been recognized for her contributions to LGBT studies. Kathryn Stockton currently teaches at the University of Utah.