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Kristine De Welde, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of General Education-Undergraduate Studies
Phone: (239) 590-7191
E-Mail: kdewelde@fgcu.edu
Office: EH 214F

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder 2003.
Thesis title: Women Warriors Fight Back: Resistance and White Femininity in Self-Defense.
 
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder 2002

B.A., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Colorado, Boulder 1998

Research and teaching interests: gender, women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sociology of families, sociology of food, and service learning.

Courses Offered:

Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Gender Studies

The Family

Sociology of Food

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Qualitative Research Methods

Sociology of Sex & Gender Roles

(IDS) Foundations of Civic Engagement

(IDS) Issues in Culture & Society: Gender Perspectives


Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field within which Sociology plays a significant role.  Dr De Welde teaches several key courses for the minor.  Follow this link for more information:

Gender Studies Minor


Current projects:

“Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Women Navigating Hostility and Making Feminist Change in the Academy”: In-progress book collaboration with Dr. Andi Stepnick, Belmont University, TN.  Forthcoming (2014), Stylus Publishing LLC.

Select peer-reviewed publications:

“Kick Ass Feminism: Violence, Resistance, and Feminist Avengers in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. For Men Who Hate Women and the Women Who Kick Their Asses!:  Feminist Perspectives on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Donna King and Carrie Smith, eds.  Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

 Co-authored with Sandra Laursen: “The Glass Obstacle Course: Formal and Informal Barriers for STEM Ph.D. Students.” International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology 3(3) (2011), pp.547-570. http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/issue/current

Review of Gender, Culture, and Physicality: Paradoxes and Taboos.  By Helen M. Sterk and Annelies Knoppers.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009, 144 pp. Gender and Society (25)6 (2011). 

Co-authored with Sandra Laursen: “The ‘Ideal Type’ Advisor: Helping STEM Graduate Students Find Their ‘Scientific Feet,’” The Open Education Journal 1 (2008), 49-61.

Co-authored with Sandra Laursen and Heather Thiry: “Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): A Fact Sheet,” Sociologists for Women in Society (2007)

“White Women Beware! Whiteness, Fear of Crime, and Self-Defense,” Race, Gender, and Class 10:4 (2003), 75-91.

“Getting Physical: Subverting Gender through Self-Defense,” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 32:3 (2003), 247-278.

Co-authored with Eleanor Hubbard: “’I’m Glad I’m Not Gay!’: Heterosexual Students’ Emotional Experience in the College Classroom with a ‘Coming Out’ Assignment,” Teaching Sociology 31:1 (2003), 73-84.

Select conference presentations:

"Women at Work: Hostility and Resilience in the Academy." Hawaii International Social Science Conference, Oahu, HI, May 2012. With Andi Stepnick.

"Team Teaching as Feminist Pedagogy."  Annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA, March 2012.  With Michelle Hayford, Nicola Foote, and Martha Rosenthal.

“It’s Not as Glamorous as it Looks: Lived Experiences of Women Academics.” Annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL. April 2011.  With Andi Stepnick.

“Blogging As an Alternative Assignment: Do 21st Century Students Appreciate Technological Infusions?” Annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL. April 2011.

“Complex Explorations: The Politics of Feminist Qualitative Research.”  Annual meeting of the Qualitative Report, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL. January 2011.? ?“Greening Service Learning: Teaching Social Justice and Sustainability via a Sociology of Food course,” presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA, April 2010. 

“Choosing For or Against? Work-Life Balance in Academic Career Choices for Women in STEM,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), San Francisco, August 2009.

“Resistance in Sustaining Pedagogical Innovations: Lessons for Sociology from STEM Innovators,” presented at the annual meeting of the ASA, Boston, August 2008.

"Embracing a Service Learning Perspective," presented at the DU Public Good Conference: The Theory and Practice of Public Good Work, Denver, 2007.

"Bridges in Service-Learning: Creating Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Students," presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, 2006.

"'Back Off!': Women, Embodied Agency, and Social Space," presented at the annual meeting of the ASA, Atlanta, 2003.

"For Whites Only? Fear of Crime and Self-Defense as Raced and Classed Experiences," presented at the annual meeting of the ASA, Chicago, 2002.

Recent Invited (local) Lectures and Presentations:

"Food & the Soul" Invited keynote speaker for the 2012 Terry Tempest Williams Student Dialogue, FGCU, October, 2012.

"Gender Matters: Bullying and its Costs" Invited guest lecture for FGCU Pride Week events, 2012.

"So You Think You Can Teach?: Get it Published!" Invited guest presentation for FGCU’s Teaching, Learning & Assessment Initiative, 2012. With D. Haytko (COB) and S. Andstat (CPS).

“Forging Learning-centered Relationships with Students” Invited guest presentation for FGCU’s Teaching, Learning & Assessment Initiative, 2011.

“Gender Competency and Interviewing: Lessons for the Field.” Invited guest lecture for  Social Work: Practice I undergraduate course, Dr. S. Anstadt.  Florida Gulf Coast University, 2009, 2010.

“Unpacking and Resisting the Beauty Myth” for: True Beauty A Discovery of Self, First-year Humanities project, FGCU, 2010.

“Gender through the Interdisciplinary Prism.” Invited presentation for the College of Arts and Sciences “Teaching Breakfast” series. With Nicola Foote, Michele Hayford, and Martha Rosenthal.  Florida Gulf Coast University, 2010.

“Reach For Your Dreams: From Susan B. Anthony to Girl Power.” Invited keynote address for annual Planned Parenthood Federation “Reach For Your Dreams” teen empowerment conference.  Naples, FL, 2010.

“Food Synergies.” Invited presentation for the College of Arts and Sciences “Teaching Breakfast” series. Florida Gulf Coast University, 2010.

 “What Do You Do with a Gay Father?” Invited address for Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) meeting.  Naples, FL, 2009.

 “Si Tu Puedes (Yes You Can).” Invited keynote address for annual Planned Parenthood Federation “Reach For Your Dreams” teen empowerment conference.  Naples, FL, 2009.

Profesional Service, LeadershipPositions

Co-chair, Sister to Sister Committee, Sociologists for Women in Society

Member, Editorial Board of  Journal of Integrated Social Sciences:

"JISS attempts to provide a platform that fills the void of a unified approach in the social sciences. We are launching our peer-reviewed journal with several disciplines in mind that are central to the social sciences: Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences, and Gender Studies. Our hope is that students and professionals alike will take advantage of this new outlet for their ideas and quality work, to be shared with others, thereby bridging the isolation that often exists between the various social disciplines. We are therefore particularly interested in interdisciplinary and/or holistically oriented projects and invite you to share such investigations with the rest of the scholarly community."

Public Sociology

"Why We Need Women in Technology," Ms. Magazine Blog, June 23, 2010.

Interviewed by Northwest Public Radio: "Women Encouraged to Puruse Careers in Science" (Anna King, reporter), October 7, 2009.

"Domestic Violence and Financial Stress," op-ed in Girl With Pen, October 23, 2008. Also appeared on Counterpunch, October 24, 2008.  ? 

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