University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology

 

 

Sharla Alegria

Sharla Alegria

salegria@soc.umass.edu

Bio

Sharla Alegria is a graduate student in residence. Her research interests focus on the social construction, intersections, and consequences of identities such as race, gender, nation of origin, and sexuality. Sharla's recent work includes a study of whites' talk about racial profiling and participant observation in a co-ed roller derby league. Currently she is a research assistant for Enobong Branch examining the paradox of high performance but low persistence of undergraduate women in Information Technology. Sharla's dissertation work examines race, gender, and citizenship in the Information Technology workforce.

Education

2007 M.A. Sociology University of South Florida—Tampa
 
2005 B.A. Sociology Vassar College

Research

2010-2012: Research Assistant to Professor Enobong Branch, Sociology Department, University of Massachusetts—Amherst. "Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education."

Publications

Alegria, Sharla. 2012. "Constructing Racial Difference through Group Talk: An Analysis of White Focus Groups' Discussion of Racial Profiling." Ethnic and Racial Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870.2012.716519

Alegria, Sharla. 2008. "What Are You?" in Gendering Bodies, edited by S. L. Crawley, L. J. Foley, and C. L. Sheehan. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield Press.

Teaching

Lecturer

  • Evaluating Information
    Smith College

TA experience

  • Gender, Sexuality, Culture
    University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Evaluating Information
    Smith College, Department of Sociology
  • Elementary Statistics
    University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Department of Sociology
  • Social Class Inequality
    University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Department of Sociology
  • Self, Society and Interpersonal Interaction
    University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Department of Sociology
  • Social Problems
    University of Massachusetts—Amherst, Department of Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology
    University of South Florida, Department of Sociology

 

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