Dr. Rachel Schmitz


Assistant Professor

Dr. Rachel Schmitz 

   

CONTACT INFORMATION
   457 Murray Hall
   Stillwater, OK 74078-4062
   (405) 744-6105 (phone)
   (405) 744-5780 (fax)
   rachel.schmitz@okstate.edu 

 

FALL 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE
   SOC 5283 - Advanced Qualitative Sociological Research - R 4:30 - 7:10 MUR 439
 

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CURRENT RESEARCH AND GRANT PROJECTS

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Gender & Sexualities
  • Stratification
  • Intersectionality
  • Family
  • Homeless Youth & Young Adults
  • Health Inequalities
  • Qualitative Methods

EDUCATION

  • B.A. - Sociology and Spanish, Wayne State College, Summa Cum Laude
  • M.A. - Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ph.D. - Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Rachel M. Schmitz joined Oklahoma State University’s Department of Sociology in 2018 as an Assistant Professor. Her research agenda underscores the nuanced aspects of intersecting social inequalities within the realms of gender, sexuality, social class, and family using primarily qualitative methods, with complementary work using quantitative techniques. She has recently published scholarly work in numerous academic journals, including Journal of LGBT Youth, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Research on Adolescence and Culture, Health & Sexuality. Currently, she is conducting a qualitative interview study that examines LGBTQ Latinx young people’s subjective interpretations of health within dominant societal frameworks that emphasize the risks they face. Her future research plans include a mixed methods study working with LGBTQ homeless young adults in Oklahoma to explore how the relationships they form with companion animals impact their health and well-being.

In addition to research, Rachel is also highly committed to teaching socially and culturally diverse groups of students, as well as pursuing research and publication collaborations with underrepresented students, such as students of color and LGBTQ+ students. Rachel’s research focus on gender and sexuality augments her teaching as she encourages students to analyze social life through an intersectional framework, particularly in acknowledging the importance of intersecting identities within their own lives, such as gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, social class and immigration status.

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