A Spartan sociologist
Kitty received her B.A in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2017. As an undergraduate, she coordinated multiple student visits to regional sociology conferences with the Undergraduate Sociological Association, facilitated a service-based spring break trip with Students Today, Leaders Forever, studied abroad, and presented work on marginalization and visual sociology.
After graduation, Kitty joined the MSU College Advising Corps where she served as a college adviser for two years at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, MI. The focus of her service was to support low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation students as they navigated the college search and choice process.
Daily life as a college adviser included college representative visits, campus tours, one-on-one student and family meetings, data reports, College Ambassador trainings, classroom presentations, after-school workshops, and so much more.
At the completion of her service, Kitty returned to Michigan State University to obtain her M.A (2022) and Ph.D (exp. 2024) in Sociology. Her scholarly interests lie in college access, higher education, and teaching and learning.
Kitty's master's thesis investigated learning outcomes as a result of COVID-19 pandemic emergency remote teaching, while her dissertation explores the short-term service role of college advising in public schools through semi-structured interviews and a nationwide survey.
In addition to her doctoral degree, Kitty is obtaining a Certificate in College Teaching and is a Senior Fellow in the Residential College of the Arts and Humanities Graduate Fellowship in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. Her project with Kyle Chong and Dr. Sitara Thobani tracks the evolution of student understandings of culture and non-neutrality in reflective, written coursework as incorporated in arts and humanities education.
In her spare time, Kitty enjoys a variety of hobbies, such as spending time outdoors, arts and crafts, and playing trivia.
Ferris State University campus trip, September 2017
Joshua Tree National Park, June 2023
How students navigate educational institutions and the academy
Navigating college advising
Since March 2023
Investigating the short-term service role of college advising in public schools with semi-structured interviews and a nationwide survey.
Student learning perspectives: Differences by race and class during the COVID-19 pandemic
March 2020 - March 2021
Examining the perspectives of students of color and low income students in a large Midwestern university after adaptation to distanced coursework.
Fostering the sociological imagination for a complex social world
Introduction to Sociology
Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2024
Developing the sociological imagination through focus on the principles, concepts, and nature of sociological inquiry.
Social Research Methods
Conceptualizing, planning, and executing the steps of social research, including developing research questions, choosing sampling methods, designing interview and survey measures, conducting descriptive analysis, and presenting conclusions.
Youth and Society
Summer 2022, 2023
Exploring the sociological understanding of youth and adolescence and the interdependent relationship between young people and the social world.
People and Environment
Understanding the reproduction of social inequalities through social demography, epidemiology, and environmental sociology.
Individual and Society
Recognizing the reciprocal relationship between culture and individual perceptions, beliefs, values, and communication styles.
Family and Society
Concentrating on family development, family roles, and the diversity of families in the United States using a life course perspective.
Examining the the formation, change, trends, and consequences of class, gender, and race-based inequalities in society.