Rachel Kulick, PhD
Sociology / Anthropology
Liberal Arts 392D
|2010||Brandeis University||PhD in Sociology|
|2003||Harvard Graduate School of Education||MEd in Education|
|1993||Union College||BS in Psychology|
- Media Studies
- Research Methods
- Social Constructions of Whiteness
Introduction to discipline-specific forms of argumentation through the in-depth exploration of questions about the social and cultural world. Specific topics will vary from course to course, but all sections focus on the development of students' informational literacy, writing, and analytic skills relevant to sociological and anthropological inquiry. This course is required for Sociology/Anthropology majors and may be taken before or concurrently with SOC 200. It meets the University Studies Intermediate Writing Requirement.
Empirical observation as the basis for anthropological and sociological analysis. What we see and hear - and by extension, what we overlook or choose to ignore - guides our understanding of social life. Fundamental to anthropology and sociology is therefore the systematic design, collection and analysis of direct and indirect observations, which become data for developing new concepts and theories about the social world. The course covers both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research design and analysis with the ultimate goal of helping students become competent at conducting and critiquing social research.
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.
A sociological exploration of the climate crisis, food, and sustainability issues. This course centers on the climate crisis, food and environmental justice issues to explore how communities are actively attempting to create more ecologically, socially, culturally, and economically sustainable systems. We pay special attention to how groups attempt to foster justice, equity, and respect for diverse cultures in their everyday practices. The class also actively engages a sustainability project. This course is an upper-level elective.
Internships in community-based, social service, cultural or other relevant organizations. Work will be supervised by an on-site sponsor as well as the seminar instructor. Students are responsible for securing their own placements, and are encouraged to consult the list of potential placements on the department website. All placements must be approved by the instructor. Students are required to attend several seminar meetings during the scheduled class time, keep a journal and write a final paper.
- Climate Change
- Food Systems
- Social Movements
- Participatory Action Research
- Community-based approaches to food justice
- Community-based resilience and innovation in response to climate change
- Gender-based approaches to climate change and environmental injustices
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