This Saturday, March 10, 2018 photo shows Michael Kimmel at his home in New York. Kimmel is a leader in what’s known as “masculinities studies,” and an in-demand purveyor of insight on why men are the way they are. The field he helped develop has long had men’s misdeeds as an area of focus, but it’s gained newfound exposure and relevance with #MeToo and #TimesUp. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — The #MeToo movement shedding light on the abuses of men is also bringing attention to a unique corner of academia.

A segment of sociology known as “masculinities studies” aims to dissect what it means to be a man and why men are the way they are.

Classes in men’s studies have spread over the past two decades and are now relatively common on college campuses.

The academics devoted to masculinities work are seeing new relevance in the wave of news related to sexual misconduct and wage inequality.

Among the leaders in the field is Michael Kimmel of Stony Brook University, where a master’s program in masculinities is planned to launch next year.

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