Assistant Professor of Sociology
Professor Fairchild’s primary research and teaching interests combine the sociology of culture and social psychology, with a focus on gender. Her current projects include an analysis of gendered rituals in weddings and commitment ceremonies, an examination of the role of the body in maintaining and challenging institutionalized understandings, and an application of “inhabited institutionalism” to the case of gender. She is also engaged with the sociology of teaching and learning, currently studying students’ consumerist attitudes toward higher education. Additionally, she offers tutorials on feminist methodology, micro-theory, sociology of sports, and animals and society.
2011. “Feminism’s Sources, Solutions, and Synergies.” Review of Lorber, Judith. Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Practice, 4th Ed. New York, Oxford University Press. Sex Roles 64,5:443-5.
2008. "Bridal Industry" in Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. Jodi O'Brien, Ed. Sage.
2006. "'I'm Excited to be Married but .. .': Romance and Realism in Marriage" Pp. 3-19 in Couples, Kids, and Family Life. Jaber Gubrium and James Holstein, Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.
2005. "Race and Ethnicity in Everyday Life: Learning and Doing Sociology" in Service Learning and Undergraduate Sociology; Syllabi and Instructional Materials, Third Edition. JoAnn DeFiore, Morten G. Ender, and Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Eds. American Sociological Association.
2005. "Learning from 'Doing Sociology': Research-Based Service-Learning" Creative College Teaching Journal 2,1: 55-64.
2004. "S338:Gender Roles Learning Guide." Indiana University School of Continuing Studies.