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Kjerstin Gruys

Dr. Kjerstin Gruys is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her academic research explores the relationship between physical appearance and social inequality, with a focus on gender as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, and age. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Gruys is passionate about making social science accessible beyond the borders of academia. She is author of Mirror, Mirror, OFF the Wall: How I learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year, an award-winning sociologically informed memoir of a year she spent avoiding mirrors as a route to healthier body image. The book received a starred review from Publishers Weeklyand was featured on ABC’s 20/20, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, and NPR’s Tell Me More, among others. Prior to earning her PhD from UCLA (2014), Kjerstin worked as a merchandiser in the corporate offices of two multi-national fashion firms.  She is currently developing a book manuscript, tentatively titled: True to Size?: A Social History of Clothing Size Standards in the U.S. Fashion Industry.