Sociology Department

Rachel Campbell

 Rachel Campbell (Assistant Professor): Rachel’s areas of specialization include gendered professions and organizations, youth culture and adolescent experiences, and parenting practices and child outcomes. Central to all of the research that she undertakes is a mixed methodological approach that combines quantitative statistical analysis with in-depth qualitative interviews and focus groups. 
Her dissertation research examines the factors involved in the career-decision making of males and females trained in engineering. Using the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu and R.W. Connell she explores the interrelations between work organizations (both private and public sector) and individuals’ identification as an “engineer”. In this exploration of the outcomes of matches and mismatches between individual’s habitus and the organizational field, the broader structural constraints of the field and the individual experiences of engineers are explained using quantitative and qualitative techniques. Her past and ongoing research interests include: teenage girls use of telephones and cellular phones; support programs for homeless youth; online communities for women in non-traditional professions; changing career aspirations of women; parenting styles and child outcomes; female subcultures; and retention of undergraduate science and engineering students.
Representative Publications:
Strohschein, L., Gauthier, A.H., Campbell, R. & Kleparchuk,C. (2008), Parenting as a dynamic process: A test of the resource dilution hypothesis. Journal of Marriage and Family 70.
 
Madill, H.M., Campbell, R., Cullen, D.M., Armour, M.A., Einsiedel, A.A., Ciccocioppo, A.L., Sherman, J., Stewin, L.L., Varnhagen, S., Montgomerie, T.C., Rothwell, C. & Coffin, W.L. (2007). Developing career commitment in STEM-related fields: Myth versus reality. Invited chapter for edited book Women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: Upping the Numbers, R. Burke & M. Mattis M. (eds.), Edward Elgar Publications, pp. 210-241.
 
Campbell, R. (2006), Teenage girls and cellular phones: Discourses of rebellion, safety and independence, Journal of Youth Studies 9:2.
 
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