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Kijana Crawford

Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-2943
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Kijana Crawford

Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Tougaloo College; MSW, Atlanta University; MA, Ed.D., University of Rochester

585-475-2943

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

SOCI-102
3 Credits
Sociology is the study of the social world and socialization processes. Sociologists study the broader picture of how societies are structured and organized through a macro-sociological analysis as well as how individuals create their own social reality symbolically through their interactions with others in a micro-sociological analysis. Students in this course will learn the fundamentals of each approach and come away with a sociological framework which they can critically apply to their own lives.
SOCI-355
3 Credits
Sociologists look to cyberspace to test theories of technology diffusion and media effects on society. This course explores the Internet’s impact on communities, political participation, cultural democracy, and diversity. How have digital technologies and electronic information flows shaped or diminished inequalities of gender, sex, and race? For instance: new electronic technologies have pushed the cultural and physical boundaries of how we have sex; with whom we have sex; and with what we have sex and/or have observed having sex, such as sex toys and avatars. The sociological implications of this new technology depend on economic, legal, and policy decisions that are shaping the Internet as it becomes institutionalized. The course analyzes such new forms of cyber-democracy with a focus on issues of gender, sex, and race.
SOCI-235
3 Credits
In this course, we analyze historical and contemporary patterns of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, and the organization of work. Using the theoretical perspectives we analyze the work historically undertaken by women in societies and its relationship to broader political and economic structures. While our primary focus is on the U.S., we will also conduct a cross-cultural analysis of gender and work in developing and industrializing societies. Specific issues include gender discrimination (e.g., wage discrimination, sexual harassment), sexuality, reproduction, and women organizing to control their work and working conditions.
SOCI-220
3 Credits
The course will provide a context in which to examine the multiple and contradictory social relations of domination, subordination, resistance, and empowerment. The kinds of questions we will explore focus on how power, knowledge, meaning, and cultural representation are organized. We will analyze a variety of political and ideological themes which bear upon the formation of minority group relations, their identity and how these themes complicate the processes by which people construct their understanding of the nation, world, of others, and themselves. Through reflection on theoretical texts and fictional works, as well as film and other popular media, we will consider for ourselves how culture is differently represented and signified, and how the politics of understanding and misunderstanding minority relations work through practices within and outside cultural institutions.
ANTH-503
3 Credits
This is the second course of a two-semester Scholar's Thesis sequence in anthropology or urban studies in which students will conduct an original research project. In this second course, working with a thesis adviser, students will finalize data collection, analyze the data, write and defend a thesis paper, following the conventions of the discipline.

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Published Review
ASEE, . "ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition." Rev. of Connectivity Series at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM, ed. E. Dell, M. Valentine, S. Mason, C. Marchetti, K. Crawford, and W. Daniels; Connectivity at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM; 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition; New Orleans, LA. June 2016. Connectivity Series at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM 16 Jun. 2016: 16. Web.
ASEE, . "ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition." Rev. of Connectivity Series at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM, by E. Dell, M. Valentine, S. Mason, C. Marchetti, K. Crawford, and W. Daniels. Connectivity at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM 16 Jun. 2016: 16. Web.
ASEE, . "ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition." Rev. of Connectivity Series at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM, by E. Dell, M. Valentine, S. Mason, C. Marchetti, K. Crawford, and W. Daniels. Connectivity at RIT-Developing & Delivering an Effective Professional Development Workshop Series for Women Faculty in STEM 16 Jun. 2016: 16. Web.
IEEE, . "Tailor-Made: Meeting the Unique Needs of Women of Color STEM-SBS Faculty Through Mentoring." Rev. of Tailor-Made: Meeting the Unique Needs of Women of Color, ed. Blind Reviewer. 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings 29 Jul. 2015: 5. Web.
IEEE, . "Blind Peer Reviewed." Rev. of Institutional Transformation at a Large Private Technical University: Reporting on the Accomplishments of a Combined Data Driven Top Down and Bottom Up Approach, by Mason, Sharon, et al. 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education 22 Oct. 2014: 8. Web.
Invited Article/Publication
Crawford, K., et al. "Institutional Transformation at a Large Private Technical University: Reporting on the Accomplishments of a Combined Data Driven Top Down and Bottom Up Approach." Institutional Transformation at a Large Private Technical University: Reporting on the Accomplishments of a Combined Data Driven Top Down and Bottom Up Approach. (2014). Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Crawfors, Delois Kijana. "Exclusion from Influential Networks: A Key Barrier to the Career Advancement of Women of Color Faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology." American Association of Behavioral and Social Science Conference. American Association of Behavioral and Social Science. Las Vegas, Nevada. 10-11 Feb. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Crawford, Delois Kijana. "Invisible Social Justice Considerations for Women of Color Faculty at Rochester institute of Technology." Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting; in session on Invisible Work. Eastern Sociological Society. Baltimore, MD. 20-23 Feb. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Crawford, Delois Kijana. "Work-Family Challenges Faced by Women in STEM: Studies from Advance Institutions." Work Family Resource Network Symposium on Advance studies. Work Family Resource Network. New York, NY. 20-22 Jun. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Crawford, Delois Kijana and Alexis Eyo. "Exploratory Model of AALANA Female Tenure Bound Divergence Behaviors." McNair Scholar's Conference. McNair Scholar's Conference. Baltimore, MD. 1 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Invited Paper
Kijana, Crawford,. "The Effect of Institution Mission on STEM Faculty Career Advancement at a Striving University." IEEE Frontiers in Education. (2014). Print.