Karen M. McCormack
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A., Boston College
B.A., Clark University
My research interests focus on understanding and responding to inequality. I am currently exploring how families at-risk of losing their homes to foreclosure redefine the meaning of home and strategize to protect themselves and their families from the negative impact of home loss. I am particularly interested in the policy implications of this work, which point to the need for: fairer and more equitable financing; more information and bilingual communication; and more and better rental options.
I regularly teach several core courses in sociology (Self & Society, Research Methods, Sociological Theory) as well as specialized courses in race and ethnicity (Race & Ethnicity, Race Gender & Poverty), media (Media & Society), and sexuality (Sociology of Sexualities). I also teach an internship-based course (Sociology Practicum) and our senior research seminar.
I am most interested in teaching strategies that that take students out of the classroom and into the community in various ways. Two recent examples: My seminar students in Race, Gender, and Poverty are currently working with local area organizations that address poverty-related issues. In Research Methods, students practice research techniques in the Wheaton Archives, on campus, and in the larger community.
2011. New Media Review: "Sociology in the Blogosphere?: Exploring Sociological Images." Visual Studies 26(2):169-173.
2009. "The Place of Resistance", in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.
2006. "Resisting the Welfare Mother" with updated afterward. In Culture, Power, and History: Studies in Critical Sociology, edited by Stephen Pfohl, et. al. Brill Publishing, pages 261-291.
2005. "Stratified Reproduction and Poor Women's Resistance." Gender & Society 19: 660-679.
2004. "Resisting the Welfare Mother: The Power of Welfare Discourse and Tactics of Resistance." Critical Sociology, volume 30(4): 354-383.