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Ingrid CastroDr. Ingrid E. Castro

Professor of Sociology

Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 

About Me

As an undergraduate student, I was drawn to a number of different, but interrelated, disciplines and graduated with majors in Women's Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. My graduate education reflected a continuing interest in interdisciplinary research and scholarship: I earned Graduate Certificates in Cinema Studies and Women's and Gender Studies on the way to receiving my MA and PhD in Sociology.

At MCLA, I teach courses related to my research with children and youth, as well as my strong educational background in women's and gender studies (Sociology of Childhood; Families; Sociology of Education; Introduction to Women's Studies). In addition, I am pleased to offer several classes specifically addressing the lived experience of racial and ethnic minorities (Race and Ethnic Relations; Latinas in U.S. Society).

I am invested in providing quality mentorship to students during their undergraduate educations. I encourage students to further define and hone their interests and specialties with the declaration of minors and/or double majors. Following, I frequently mentor students in the process of applying to graduate school.

Description of Special Projects/Activities

I am committed to serving the discipline of Sociology in a variety of official roles. Currently, I am Chair of the Committee on the Status of Ethnicity, Race, and Racism for the Eastern Sociological Society; Chair of the Research and Ethics Committee for the Section of Children and Youth for the American Sociological Association; and elected member of the American Sociological Association's Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Board.

At the college level, I am Sponsor of our department's new Honors designation via Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Sciences – Massachusetts Zeta Chapter). I am also Director of MCLA's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor.

Research/Creative Interests

Ingrid Castro and poochMy theoretical and qualitative work focuses on children and young adults; race, gender, and education; and applying a sociological lens to cinema studies.

As a Childhood Studies scholar, I am particularly invested in exploring children's agency. I pay special attention to the influences of space, place, and family generationality using film, fiction, and research methodologies as my points of reference. The strategies children use and routes children take when employing agency in order to make their voices heard and desires known are all integral to my research.

Recent Publications

Castro, I. E., Swauger, M., & Harger, B. (Eds.) (2017). Researching children and youth: Methodological issues, strategies, and innovations. Sociological studies of children and youth, Volume 22. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Swauger, M., Castro, I. E., & Harger, B. (2017). The continued importance of research with children and youth: The “new” sociology of childhood 40 years later. In I. E. Castro, M. Swauger, & B. Harger (Eds.), Researching children and youth: Methodological issues, strategies, and innovations. Sociological studies of children and youth, Volume 22. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. 1-7.

Castro, I. E. (2017). Contextualizing agency in high-structure environments: Children's participation in parent interviews. In I. E. Castro, M. Swauger, & B. Harger (Eds.), Researching children and youth: Methodological issues, strategies, and innovations. Sociological studies of children and youth, Volume 22. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. 149-173.

Castro, I. E. (2016). Children, innocence, and agency in the films of Steven Spielberg. In A. Schober & D. Olson (Eds.), Children in the films of Steven Spielberg. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 121-140.

Castro, I. E. & Sujak, M. C. (2014). ‘Why can’t we learn about this?’: Sexual minority students navigate the official and hidden curricular spaces of high school. Education and Urban Society. 46 (4). 450-473.

Contact Information

I.Castro@mcla.edu

Office: Murdock Hall 328

413.662.5476

 

Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday 1:15 - 2:00 PM
Monday/Wednesday 4:45 - 5:30 PM

 

Education

Ph.D., Northeastern University

M.A., Northeastern University

B.A., University of Delaware

 

Courses

SOCI 210 Families

SOCI 305 Latinas in U.S. Society

SOCI 321 Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCI 410 Sociology of Education

SOCI 425 Sociology of Childhood

SOCI 505 ProSeminar

WMST 201 Introduction to Women's Studies