Visiting Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia 2003; M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville 1993; B.A., Saint Louis University, 1988
Dr. Kathleen J. Fitzgerald is a Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia (2003), Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (1993), and Saint Louis University (1988). Dr. Fitzgerald came to Loyola in 2010 after previously teaching at Columbia College. She also taught as an adjunct instructor at a number of schools, including, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephen’s College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Saint Louis University.
Dr. Fitzgerald’s major areas of research and teaching centers on the study of race, racism, and white privilege. This work has culminated in her most recent book, Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality (2014). Her current research explores racial/ethnic identity in the era of racial genomics, specifically looking at how genetic ancestry testing influences a person’s racial/ethnic identity. This research is an extension of her previous research on racial/ethnic identity construction which resulted in the publication of her first book Beyond White Ethnicity: Developing a Sociological Understanding of Native American Identity Reclamation (2007). Dr. Fitzgerald has also published in Humanity and Society, Sociological Focus, and The Sociological Quarterly as well as numerous encyclopedia articles. Her research and teaching interests are broadly located within the study of social inequalities, such as inequalities along the lines of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. She is in the preliminary stages of a research project on LGBT attitudes toward interracial relationships. Finally, here academic interests also include political sociology, particularly social movements and social policy.
She is the President-Elect of the Association of Humanist Sociology and is currently planning the organization’s 2015 conference in Portland, OR.