Emily Fairchild

Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies - Gender Studies - Interdisciplinary Programs - Social Sciences - Sociology

Emily Fairchild
  • Phone: (941) 487-4484
  • Email: efairchild@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: ACE 232
  • Mail Location: SSC 102

On leave until August 2020

Ph.D., M.A. Sociology, Gender Studies Minor, Indiana University
B.A. Sociology and Psychology, Purdue University

Professor Fairchild’s main sociological interests stem from questions about how individual lives and societal-level issues relate to one another. Her focus on the connections between people and society is grounded in social psychology and gives much attention to how folks make meaning for themselves and in interaction with others. How do we come to “be” a self? How do we figure out who we are and who others are in relation to one another? What power do we have to affect the social context that constrains these sense-making processes?

Much of Professor Fairchild’s research explores these types of questions with a focus on gender, including examinations of college athletes’ gender presentations, gendered rituals in weddings and commitment ceremonies, the role of the body in maintaining and challenging institutionalized understandings, and gender representation in children’s books. She’s currently studying the New College culture around gender, centering the voices of trans and gender non-conforming students to explore how communities make sense of gender and how these understandings can support (and pose challenges for) gender identities.

In addition to the courses and research noted below, Professor Fairchild regularly works with students interested in feminist approaches to higher education and research methods. She is happy to discuss the possibility of tutorials on any of the topics referenced on this page.

Recent Courses

  • Sociology of Family
  • Sociology of Gender and the Body
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Contemporary Gender Seminar
  • Identity, Self, and Impression Management Seminar
  • Senior Thesis Seminar
  • Queer Studies Seminar
  • Studying Culture on the Micro Level (Advanced Qualitative Methods Seminar)

Forthcoming Papers

  • “‘We Wear So Little’: Collegiate Gymnasts’ Reflections on their Uniforms,” with Liz Gregg
  • “‘The Most Real Experience in a Course’: Disrupting Silences and Cultivating Intimacy,” with students Leen AlFatafta, Sara Gregory, and Carolyn Beer
  • “Embodying Inhabited Institutions: Deepening Our Understanding of How Institutions are Interacted”

Selected Publications

  • Fairchild, Emily and Suzanna Crage. 2014. “Beyond the Debates: Measuring and Specifying Student Consumerism.” Sociological Spectrum 34,5.
  • Fairchild, Emily. 2014. “Examining Wedding Rituals through a Multidimensional Gender Lens: The Analytic Importance of Attending to (In)consistency.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 43,3:361-389.
  • Fairchild, Emily. 2013. Review of Magnet, Shoshana Amielle. 2011. When Biometrics Fail: Gender, Race, and the Technology of Identity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Contemporary Sociology 42,4:585-6.
  • McCabe, Janice, Emily Fairchild, Liz Grauerholz, Bernice Pescosolido, and Daniel Tope. 2011. “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” Gender & Society 25,2:197-226.
  • “Gender in Twentieth-Century Children’s Books: Patterns of Disparity in Titles and Central Characters.” Reprinted in: The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities, 4th edition. Edited by Joan Z. Spade and Catherine G. Valentine. Sage, 2014.
  • Fairchild, Emily. 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 Roles64,5:443-5.
  • Fairchild, Emily. 2008. “Bridal Industry” in Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. Jodi O’Brien, Ed. Sage.
  • Fairchild, Emily. 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.
  • Fairchild, Emily. 2005. “Learning from ‘Doing Sociology’: Research-Based Service-Learning” Creative College Teaching Journal 2,1: 55-64.