A.B. Sociology and Anthropology,
M.A. Certificate in Latin American Studies,
Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
“Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily Childless.” Pp. 304-314 in Patricia and Peter Adlers’ Constructions of Deviance: Social Power,
Context and Interaction (Fifth edition).
2005. "Choosing Childlessness: Weber’s Typology of Action and Motives of the Voluntarily Childless.” Sociological Inquiry 75 (3): 372-402.
2003. “Childless by Choice.” Research cited in “Discoveries: New and Noteworthy Social Research.” Contexts 2 (3): 6-11.
2002. "Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily Childless." Sociological Perspectives 45(1):21-45.
1998. "The Religious Construction of Sanctuary Provision in Two Congregations." Sociological Spectrum 18(4):393-421.
1996. "The Sacrifice Theory of Value: Explaining Activism in Two Sanctuary Congregations." Sociological Viewpoints 12(Fall):35-50.
2006. Review of Everyone is NOT Doing It: Abstinence and Personal Identity, by Jamie L. Mullaney. University of Chicago Press, 2006. Contemporary Sociology 35 (6): 589-90.
2000. Review of Macrosociology: An Introduction to Human Societies (Fourth edition), by Stephen K. Sanderson. Harper Collins. 1999.Teaching Sociology 28(1):85-87.
Review of Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in
Review of Chicano and Latino Studies in Sociology: Syllabi and
Review of Sociology (Second edition), by John J. Macionis. Teaching
RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Teaching About Income Inequality.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Sociological Association, Dearborn, MI, April, 2009.
“Internationalizing the Curriculum (revised and updated).” Workshop organized and facilitated at the Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO, April, 2008.
South, Bethany, Tomlinson, Virginia and Park, Kristin. Academic advisor for “The Effects of First-Year Program and Dormitory Type on Undergraduates’ Social Capital.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, New York City, Feb., 2008.
“Internationalizing the Curriculum.” Workshop designed and conducted (with JoAnn Chirico, Penn State Univ) at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society, California University of PA, Oct., 2007.
“Internationalizing the Curriculum.” Workshop
designed and conducted (with JoAnn Chirico, Penn State Univ) at the Annual
Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association,
the Tapestry: Teaching with Other Disciplines.” Discussion
Roundtable facilitated at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological
of Motive Among the Voluntarily Childless." Paper presented at
the Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Feb., 2003,
Reflective Decision': Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily
Childless." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the
American Sociological Association,
Co-Organizer, "Issues of
Integration and Involvement in Teaching" (Roundtable Discussion
Session). Eastern Sociological Society Meetings, Mar., 2000,
Construction and Management of Social Reactions Among the Voluntarily
Childless." Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society
Meetings, March, 1999,
Reflective Decision: Techniques to Maintain a 'Good Self' Among the
Voluntarily Childless." Presentation in a Roundtable Discussion
Session on "Current Research on Identity Formation," Eastern
Sociological Society Meetings, March, 1998,
Design Exercises." Organized and conducted workshop at East
Central Colleges' New Faculty Workshop, Oct., 1997,
Promises and Policy: Reflections on my Study Tour of
My voluntary childlessness research is cited in the following articles:
Quoted in Health Magazine, March, 2006
Quoted in the
interviewed by and serve as an academic consultant to filmmaker Laura Scott,
for her documentary film and companion book “Childless by Choice: Love
Stories” (Salt Whistle Bay Productions,
Yost, Barbara. “Childless by Choice.”
Monica. “Over 40 and Childless.”
MY CURRENT RESEARCH focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. I have read some of the classic texts, as well as updates to and revisions of them, including Bloom’s taxonomies, Perry’s stages of ethical and cognitive development for college students, the research on Learning Styles and basic research on how memory is encoded for long-term learning. I am applying my new knowledge to course revisions for my Social Inequality class and plan eventually to publish the results of the course redesign.
I also have developed a role-play exercise in Sandinista Nicaragua for my Social Theory class. After further development and assessment this assignment will be submitted for publication.
A RECENT RESEARCH PROJECT examined women and men who are voluntarily childless, focusing on their characteristics, motivations for their choice, their constructions of parenting and childlessness, and the techniques that they use to affirm the decision to themselves and manage stigma in social interactions with others. See listings above for publications stemming from this research.
In all of my research I use qualitative methods of analysis, including semi-structured interviewing, participant observation, and qualitative content analysis.
research reflects my interest in Latin American societies. My MASTER'S
THESIS ("Ideologies within the Contemporary Latin American Catholic
INTERNATIONAL STUDY AND TRAVEL
of 1997 Dr. Thomas Nichols, a political scientist at
In July of 2007 I participated in a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) Faculty Development Seminar in Nicaragua on the theme of “Revolution and the Rise of Neoliberalism.”
images are of molas, art from the Cuna people of the San Blas Islands of