Rachel Kulick


Rachel Kulick, PhD

Associate Professor

Sociology / Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae





Liberal Arts 392D


2010Brandeis UniversityPhD in Sociology
2003Harvard Graduate School of EducationMEd in Education
1993Union CollegeBS in Psychology


  • Sustainability
  • Media Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Social Constructions of Whiteness





Basic concepts and methodologies of qualitative and quantitative social scientific research. By conducting a semester-long mixed-method research project, engaging with examples of scholarly research, and critically examining the process of knowledge production, students learn about the ethics and principals of research design and develop skill in utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods, analyzing social scientific data, and effectively communicating research results.

A survey of the fundamental principles of sociology and the basic factors conditioning social behavior.

A survey of the fundamental principles of sociology and the basic factors conditioning social behavior.

Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research design and analysis, to develop student competency in conducting and critiquing social research. What we observe - and what we overlook - guides our understanding of social life. Fundamental to anthropology and sociology is systematic design, collection, and analysis of observations, which become data for developing new concepts and theories about the social world.  

An examination of ecological, equity, social, and cultural issues in urban environments. We will pay close attention to sustainable systems and how socioeconomic factors such as disenfranchisement, corporate power, and environmental policies inform these dilemmas. We will look at case studies from around the world to explore a range of topics including the challenges of climate related natural disasters; water disputes and crises; food deserts as well as just solutions such as spatial justice initiatives; carbon descent plans; urban gardens, and the list goes on. The course is an upper-level elective.

An examination of how media operate as powerful tools of socialization and sites of knowledge production, distribution, and social change that shape our perceptions of the world and our place in it. Drawing from sociology, anthropology, education, communication, and media studies, we will explore how media reinforce and challenge social norms and also operate as sites of resistance/social change.

Investigation of special areas in Sustainable Studies. May be repeated with change of content.

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.


Research activities

  • Community-based resilience and innovation in response to climate change
  • Community-based approaches to food justice and building local food systems


Research interests

  • Climate Change
  • Food Systems
  • Social Movements
  • Participatory Action Research

Select publications

See curriculum vitae for more publications

  • Rachel Kulick (2019).
    More time in the kitchen, less time on the streets: the micropolitics of cultivating an ethic of care in alternative food networks
    Local Environment: An International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 24, 37-51.
  • Rachel Kulick (2014).
    What do you see that I cannot? Peer Facilitations of Difference and Conflict in the Collective Production of Independent Youth Media
    Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, 6, 301-327.
  • Rachel Kulick (2014).
    Making Media for Themselves: Strategic Dilemmas of Prefigurative Work in Independent Media Outlets
    Social Movement Studies, 13

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