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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
Career mentoring
Race, class and gender
Work and culture
Minority relations
African-American culture

Currently Teaching

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.
SOCI-210
3 Credits
This course will describe the historical and contemporary conditions that have given rise to the distinctive cultural orientation of African Americans in the United States. Students will be provided with an explication of African American culture as it is perceived by the majority of African Americans. Furthermore, the course will outline an operational articulation of the African American experience, and analyze the characterological responses that result from it.
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-302
3 Credits
Learning about social and cultural groups is a complex and ethically sensitive process. We explore common qualitative research methods for social and cultural research. We evaluate the utility of such methods for different purposes and contexts, including cross-cultural contexts. We consider common ethical dilemmas in research with human subjects, the ethical responsibilities of researchers, and common techniques for minimizing risks to subjects.
SOCI-498
0 - 16 Credits
Students will apply the accumulated knowledge, theory, and methods of the discipline to problem solving outside of the classroom. The Practicum may consist of internship, study abroad, or archaeological or ethnographic field school (consisting of at least 160 hours, completed over at least 4 weeks).
WGST-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.
ANTH-302
3 Credits
Learning about social and cultural groups is a complex and ethically sensitive process. We explore common qualitative research methods for social and cultural research. We evaluate the utility of such methods for different purposes and contexts, including cross-cultural contexts. We consider common ethical dilemmas in research with human subjects, the ethical responsibilities of researchers, and common techniques for minimizing risks to subjects.

Select Scholarship

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. *