Department of Sociology

Corey McZeal

Corey McZeal



Corey James McZeal is a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Lafayette, LA, he received his undergraduate degree in sociology from Louisiana State University in 2012.

Corey’s M.A. thesis was an ethnographic study of the rock climbing culture in Austin, exploring the meaning climbers attach to their activity and the processes that lead them into and keep them involved in the sport. His dissertation research focuses on the unpaid caregiving of elderly or infirmed family members. The study explores the transformations in role expectations and family dynamics that take place during this progression and how families readjust and adapt to these changes.

Corey is a graduate fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab.


SOC 307C • Amer Families Past And Present

44420 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 1.106


This course examines sociological trends over time in specific aspects of family life, including marriage, cohabitation, mate selection, divorce, parenthood, family structure, and work-family balance. Explores how both individual actions and structural changes influence these trends.


There will be required weekly readings  of journal articles and newspaper articles.

Grading (tentative)

Two exams, two papers, and multiple in-class writing assignments as assessment


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