Katrina "Kitty" Groeller, M.A.

Department of Sociology,
Michigan State University, MI

Kitty is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is devoted to college access and postsecondary success.

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A Spartan sociologist


Undergraduate Education

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.

AmeriCorps Service

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, reports on key performance indicators, College Ambassador trainings, classroom presentations, after-school workshops, and so much more.

Kitty worked with national and regional organizations, school administrators, teachers, and families on big initiatives such as Michigan College Month, College Cash Campaign, and Decision Day.

Graduate Education

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.

In her spare time, Kitty enjoys a variety of hobbies: such as skiing, rock tumbling, and watching Formula 1 races on Sundays.


Ferris State University campus trip, September 2017


Hocking Hills State Park, November 2021


Curriculum Vitae


How students navigate educational institutions and the academy


Breaking the Mirror of Linear Sociocultural Discourses
Since October 2022

Examining how students un- and re-learn their notions of culture and situatedness through (auto)ethnography within global logics of anti-Asianness and anti-Blackness with Kyle Chong.

Invisible Obstacles, Hidden Curriculums
Since February 2021

Exploring the institutional systems of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the academy with Angelica Ruvalcaba, M.A and Jennifer Lai, Ph.D.

Fostering the sociological imagination for a complex social world 


Introduction to Sociology
Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2022

Developing the sociological imagination through focus on the principles, concepts, and nature of sociological inquiry.

Youth and Society
Summer 2022

Exploring the sociological understanding of youth and adolescence and the interdependent relationship between young people and the social world.

Individual and Society
Spring 2022

Recognizing the reciprocal relationship between culture and individual perceptions, beliefs, values, and communication styles.

Family and Society
Fall 2021

Concentrating on family development, family roles, and the diversity of families in the United States using a life course perspective.

Social Inequality
Fall 2019

Examining the the formation, change, trends, and consequences of class, gender, and race-based inequalities in society.