Christina D. Weber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Minard Hall 428D4
- Ph.D., State University of New York (Buffalo), 2005
- M.S., SUNY-University of Buffalo, 2001
- B.A., University of Washington, 1999
Refereed Journal Publications
- (2010). “Literary Fiction as a Tool for Teaching Social Theory and Critical Consciousness.” Teaching Sociology, 38(4), xx-xx. (October 2010, in press)
- (2010). “‘Awkward Anxiety’: Ambivalent Expressions of Masculine Subjectivity.” Cultural Studies ó Critical Methodologies, 10(4), 337-346.
- (2009). “Methodological Approaches to Studying the Social Monad: A Consideration of Interdisciplinary Sociological Research.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 9(1), reconstruction.eserver.org/091/weber.shtml.
- (2008). “Navigating Gender Boundaries Inside and Outside the Wire: A Qualitative Analysis of U.S. Women Veterans of Vietnam and Iraq.” Minerva Journal of Women and War, 2(2), 8-25.
- (2008). “Conceptualizing the Embodied Front: An Analysis of Born on the Fourth of July.” Interculture: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 5(1), 33-42.
- (2003). “Reading Lives as a Palimpsest: A Reconsideration of the Interpretation Process.” Proteus, October.
Refereed Book Chapter
- (2010). “Interroger la monade à travers Tout est Illuminé de Jonathan Safran Foer. [“Interrogating the Social Monad Through Jonathan Safran Foer’s, Everything is Illuminated”]. In Florent Gaudez (Ed.), La Connaissance du Texte: Approches socio-anthropologiques de la construction fictionnelle (volume 1) (PAGES). Paris: L’Harmattan.
Research and Teaching Specializations:
As a cultural sociologist, my research weaves through a variety of areas that center around issues of gender and equity. My primary area focuses on how memory and trauma shape and impact social change. I am currently developing a project on gendered experiences of war and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, I am working on a project that explores the ways in which representations of hegemonic masculinity have (and have not) changed between the Vietnam War and the ongoing war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Another project I am working on is a collaborative project with Dr. Angela Hodge in Mathematics and examines gender success in mathematics-related fields. In this work, we are particularly interested in how to retain girls and women in mathematics courses in order to encourage more women to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
I teach in two primary areas: social and feminist theory and issues of inequality. I have been developing service-learning courses both locally in the Fargo-Moorhead area as well as internationally in Guatemala. My teaching interests overlap with pedagogical research I have been conducting. In particular, I am conducting research on the effectiveness of service-learning courses in teaching students about issues of equity and social justice.
Applied Research Opportunities for Undergraduates:
“Developing Equity in Mathematics Classrooms: What Does it Take to Succeed?”: This research is a collaborative project with Dr. Angela Hodge in Mathematics. We are exploring the strategies that students in upper-level mathematics courses use to succeed and continue on in mathematics related careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students have worked on assisting with data collection, literature reviews, and various other aspects of the research process.
“From Unstructured to Structured Spaces: A Case Study of FORWARD”: This project is in conjunction with the NSF Advance Grant that the FORWARD group received in 2008. Students assist with my work on the Commission on the Status of Women Faculty as well as on research I am conducting on institutional change. In particular, I am looking at the processes though which institutions work to develop gender equity across campus.
Honars and Awards
- NDSU's Odney Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2009
- NDSU's Tapestry of Diverse Talents, 2008
Graduate Sociology Courses
- Social Theory (SOC 723)
- Social Change (SOC 639)
- Feminist Theory and Discourse (SOC 624)
- History and Development of Social Theory (SOC 622)
- Sociology of Sex Roles (SOC 612)
- Social Inequality (SOC 610)
Undergraduate Sociology Courses
- Senior Capstone (SOC 489)
- Social Change (SOC 439)
- Feminist Theory and Discourse (SOC 424)
- History of Social Theory (SOC 422)
- Sociology of Sex Roles (SOC 412)
- Social Inequality (SOC 410)
- Service Seminar (SOC 379)
- Social Problems (SOC 115)