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, reports on key performance indicators, 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.
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
How students navigate educational institutions and the academy
Invisible Obstacles, Hidden Curriculums
Since February 2021
Student learning perspectives: Differences by race and class during the COVID-19 pandemic
January 2021-March 2022
Understanding the perspectives of low-income students and students of color regarding distanced learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
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
Exploring the sociological understanding of youth and adolescence and the interdependent relationship between young people and the social world.
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.