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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Kathleen Averett

MDiv, Harvard University

Kathleen Averett



Kate Averett is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology. Kate studies gender, sexuality, and the social construction of childhood in the United States. Her dissertation research is on discourses and practices of homeschooling in Texas, specifically examining how gendered beliefs about childhood impact what we think children need out of education – and who can best provide it. Kate is a graduate fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab and is completing a graduate portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies in the LGBTQ/Sexualities studies track. 



Gender, Sexuality, LGBTQ Studies, Family/Childhood, Qualitative Methods

SOC F323 • The Family

86774 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 1.106
(also listed as WGS F345 )
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This course examines the family as a social institution – one that is shifting, contested, and historically and culturally situated. We will focus our attention on contemporary experiences, definitions, and debates of and about the family in the United States, using a historical perspective to ground our analyses. We will explore how the family is changing – and for whom – and how these changes both shape and are shaped by other social institutions, including the state and the economy. We will examine the causes and consequences of family inequality, with specific attention paid to how race, class, gender, and sexuality act as stratification systems that contribute to inequality.

Required text:

Philip N. Cohen, The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change (Norton, 2014).

Grading Requirements (tentative, and subject to change):

  • 2-3 short written homework assignments
  • 2 exams
  • Final research project, including presentation
  • Class participation



SOC 307F • Diversity In Amer Families

44870 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm WEL 2.256
(also listed as WGS 301 )
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This course will provide a broad examination of the diversity of American families and current debates about family life from a sociological perspective, with an emphasis on how gender, race/ethnicity, social class, and sexualities shape experiences and definitions of family. The course will cover theoretical perspectives on family and kinship as well as recent trends in several aspects of family life, including cohabitation, marriage and divorce, parenthood, family policy, and family structure. Specific attention will be given to marginalized family types, including LGBT families, immigrant families, and interracial families.

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