Department of Sociology

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Recent Faculty Research

Cheryl Crane and Karen Christopher. "“Parenting Like a White Person”: Race and Maternal Support Among Marginalized Mothers."  Advances in Gender Research special issue on Marginalized Mothers, Mothering from the Margins. Published online: 27 Sep 2018; 177-193.

Gast, Melanie Jones.  2018. “’They Give Teachers a Hard Time’: Symbolic Violence and Intersections of Race and Class in Interpretations of Teacher-student Relations."  (Sociological Perspectives)

Aldikacti Marshall, Gul. 2018. Review of Freedom without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions, edited by Frances Hasso and Zakia Salime. (Gender & Society)

Taniguchi, Hiromi and Gul Aldikacti Marshall. "Trust, Political orientation, and Environmental Behavior." (Environmental Politics)

Gast, Melanie Jones, Dina Okamoto, and Valerie Feldman. ““We Only Speak English Here:” English Dominance in Language Diverse, Immigrant After-School Programs.” (Journal of Adolescent Research)

Gast, Melanie Jones. “Researcher as College Coach: Dilemmas and Possibilities in Fieldwork with Adolescents.” (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth

Department Spotlight

Dr. Heidi Williams earned her PhD in applied sociology from UofL in 2017. In Fall 2017, she began serving as an instructor for the Department of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she teaches a variety of courses.  Heidi credits her experience as a graduate teaching assistant with helping to prepare her to teach a diversity of courses, as well as how to approach larger (70+ students) classes. In terms of research, she says, “I really appreciated the applied aspect of the program. I was fortunate to be able to conduct both qualitative and quantitative studies as a student...Having been trained in both research approaches also prepared me to meet the needs and interests of the students at Virginia Tech. Currently, I am mentoring three undergraduate students on a qualitative study examining how single parents conceptualize their own housing insecurity.”

Read more about Dr. Wiliams and other sociology alum and their experience in our programs, as well as how they have used their degrees in sociology.


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