Dr. Ingrid Castro

Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work

Ingrid Castro
Email
Phone
(413) 662-5476
Office
Murdock Hall Rm 311

Education

PhD, Northeastern University

MA, Northeastern University

BA, University of Delaware

Courses Taught

SOCI 210 Families

SOCI 305 Latinas in U.S. Society

SOCI 321 Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCI 395 Representations of Mental Health

SOCI 410 Sociology of Education

SOCI 425 Sociology of Childhood

SOCI 495 Honors: Children's Geographies

SOCI 495 The Posthuman Child

WGSS 201 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY

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 on children, youth, and childhood, as well as connected to my background in women's and gender studies. In addition, I offer several classes about racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.

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 a member of the Committee for Gender Equity for the Eastern Sociological Society; Chair of the Research and Ethics Committee for the Section on Children and Youth for the American Sociological Association; and elected Council member of the American Sociological Association's Section on Children and Youth.

At the college level, I am Sponsor of our department's Honors designation via Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Sciences – Massachusetts Zeta Chapter). 

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.(2020). Monstrosity, Ethic of Care, and Moral Agency in Stephen King's Firestarter. In D. Olson (Ed.), Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King (97-119).  Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books.

Castro, I. E., & Clark, J. (Eds.). (2019). Child and Youth Agency in Science Fiction: Travel, Technology, Time. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Clark, J., & Castro, I. E. (2019). Girl Zombies and Boy Wonders: The Future of Agency is Now! In I. E. Castro & J. Clark (Eds.), Child and Youth Agency in Science Fiction: Travel, Technology, Time (1-21). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Castro, I. E. (2019). The Emergence of Agency after Bionuclear War: Posthuman Child – Animal Possibilities. In I. E. Castro & J. Clark (Eds.), Child and Youth Agency in Science Fiction: Travel, Technology, Time (251-72). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Castro, I. E., & Clark, J. (Eds.) (2019). Representing Agency in Popular Culture: Children and Youth on Page, Screen, and In Between. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Clark, J., & Castro, I. E. (2019). Zuzu’s Petals and Scout’s Mockingbirds: The Legacy of Children’s Agency in Popular Culture. In I. E. Castro & J. Clark (Eds.), Representing Agency in Popular Culture: Children and Youth on Page, Screen, and In Between (pp. xi-xxxi). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Castro, I. E. (2019). The Spirit and the Witch: Hayao Miyazaki’s Agentic Girls and their (Intra)Independent Genderational Childhoods. In I. E. Castro & J. Clark (Eds.), Representing Agency in Popular Culture: Children and Youth on Page, Screen, and In Between (pp. 255-282). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Castro, I. E. (2019). Suspicious, Petty, Jealous: Stereotyping Young Women’s Friendships in College. In K. Kline & R. Laist (Eds.), Cinema U: Representations of Higher Education in Popular Film (pp. 75-91).  Fourth Horseman Press.

Castro, I. E. (2018). Intergalactic Gastronomy: Orientalist Representations of Asian Food, Chefs, and Restaurants within Science Fiction Films. In B. M. Arnold, T. E. Tunç, & R. D. Chong (Eds.), Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Chinese and Japanese Cuisine Restaurants in the United States (pp. 253-273). Fayetteville, AK: University of Arkansas Press.

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 (121-40). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

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), 450-73.

---Reprint (2018). In J.H. Ballantine, J.Z. Spade, & J.M. Stuber (Eds.), Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, 6th edition (162-72). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.