Elizabeth Wheatley

Elizabeth Wheatley (Associate Professor): Libby earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with specializations in the sociology of health, illness, medicine, and ethnography. She also holds an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a specialization in the sociology of sport, and an A.B. in Economics from Colby College.


Prior to coming to Grand Valley, Libby taught in the departments of sociology at Smith College, Hamilton College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her courses include Medical Sociology, AIDS and Society, Sociology of Sport, American Society, and The Body in Society.  At Grand Valley, Libby teaches courses in the Sociology of Health Care and Health and Social Inequalities.


Libby’s publications appear in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Health Research, Women and Language, Women’s Studies International Forum and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues.   Her book, Bodies at Risk: An Ethnography of Heart Disease, was published by Ashgate in 2006. 


Libby’s current research explores the lives of migrant farm workers through life history interviews and ethnographic observations among migrant farm workers in the Salinas, Southern San Joaquin, and U.S.-Mexico border regions of California.  She is particularly interested in the embodied experiences of farm workers (i.e., the embodiment of labor) and the wide-ranging impediments to health that affect their daily lives.









Libby enjoys a variety of recreational activities and her favorite form of stress reduction is galloping through the fields on her magnificent Morgan Horse, AJ (a.k.a. C.B.M.F Prince of Thieves).  Born and raised in the Boston area, she remains an enthusiastic fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics.


2158 ASH phone: 331-3434 Email: wheatlee@gvsu.edu


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