Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia 2003; M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville 1993; B.A., Saint Louis University, 1988
Dr. Fitzgerald is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans and a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia (2003). She previously taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia College, Stephen’s College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and Saint Louis University.
Dr. Fitzgerald’s major area of research and teaching centers on the study of race, racism, and white privilege. She is currently working on a race relations textbook for Westview Press entitled Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege and Inequality (anticipated publication date: Jan. 2014). Her first book Beyond White Ethnicity: Developing a Sociological Understanding of Native American Identity Reclamation (2007) is published by Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield. She has published in Sociological Focus, The Sociological Quarterly and numerous encyclopedia articles. Her current research interests include analyzing the struggles surrounding the teaching of race, racism, and privilege and understanding the social construction of race in an era of racial genomics. She also studies social inequalities above and beyond race, such as inequalities along the lines of class, gender, and sexual orientation. Her teaching and research interests also include political sociology, particularly social movements and social policy.
She regularly teaches the following courses at Loyola: Race, Racism and Privilege, Social Policy, Sociology of Sexualities, Sociology of Sport, and Introduction to Sociology.
Race, Racism and Privilege
Racial and Ethnic Conflict
American Social Policy
Sociology of Sport
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