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Christine Wheatley

M.A., Colorado State University

PhD Candidate
Christine Wheatley



Christine Wheatley is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab at the University of Texas at Austin.  As a political sociologist, her research primarily concerns the role of law in defining national borders, particularly its role in the nation-state’s exercise of territorial sovereignty, and the consequences of borders for the people within and beyond them.  Her dissertation examines the social impacts of contemporary United States immigration laws and enforcement practices on the processes of removal of non-citizens from the U.S. and on deported migrants and other returning migrants who have gone back to Mexico after living and working in the U.S.  For this study, she conducted binational ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation and in-depth interviews, for 22 months between 2010 and 2014.  Her research sites include immigration detention centers and deportation hearings held in immigration courts in Texas and several hometowns of returning migrants in Jalisco and Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Her recent publications include:

Christine Wheatley and Néstor P. Rodríguez.  2014.  “With the Stroke of a Bureaucrat’s Pen: U.S. State ‘Reforms’ to Manage its Undocumented Migrant Population, 1920-2013.”  Pp. 157-178 in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration, Volume 1: History, Theories, and Legislation, edited by Lois A. Lorentzen.  Westport, CT: Praeger Press

Christine Wheatley.  2011.  “Push Back: U.S. Deportation Policy and the Reincorporation of Involuntary Return Migrants in Mexico.”  The Latin Americanist 55(4): 35-60.  [Special Issue: Latin American Migration] 


Political Sociology, Law, Migration, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Labor

SOC 307L • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc

44885 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am WEL 2.256
(also listed as WGS 301 )
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This course examines the interplay of gender, race, social class, and sexuality in American society. Drawing on lectures, readings, and films, we will explore how gender, race, class, and sexuality operate not simply as ways of categorizing people, but as interrelated differences and inequalities that have very real consequences for the opportunities people have and the challenges they face. We begin by examining each core concept from a sociological perspective – as social constructions that help to rationalize and justify social inequality. We will then focus our attention on the relationships among them – how gender, race, class, and sexuality intersect to shape individual experiences, daily social interactions, and society. Next, we examine how these differences and inequalities matter in a variety of interpersonal and institutional contexts, such as popular culture, family life, education, the criminal justice system, and the labor force. Finally, we will evaluate solutions to social inequality and strategies for social change.


Newman, David. 2012. Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill.

Ore, Tracy E. 2014. The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, 6th edition. McGraw-Hill.

Grading and Assignments:

Quizzes/exams and writing assignments though probably not a long research paper.  More specific requirements TBA.

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