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Colleen Sargent


  • 2017, Simmons University - B.A. Sociology and English (Creative Writing)


Colleen Sargent is a PhD student who joined the department of Sociology in Fall of 2019. Her primary research areas are gender, sexuality, reproduction, and sociology of the body. Particularly, she is interested in cases where teens' or women's bodies are controlled, and their access to reproductive and sexual agency is limited. She is currently collecting interview data for a qualitative study of home birth experiences in California, as well as working on a collaborative research team led by Dr. Laura Grindstaff to examine Twitter hashtag activism related to social movements including: Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Say Her Name, and Us Too. She is broadly interested in feminist theory, queer theory, and qualitative methods. During the 2020-2021 AY, Colleen is serving as GSSA (Graduate Students of Sociology Association) co-chair, alongside fellow graduate student and co-chair Emily Searl.


Research Focus

gender, sexuality, reproduction, sociology of the body, adolescence, family, public policy, qualitative methods



Winter 2021 - Teaching Assistant - Sociology 11, Labor 

Fall 2020 - Teaching Assistant - Sociology 46A, Intro to Social Research


Provost’s First Year Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - UC Davis, 2019-2020

Hazel Dick Leonard Fellowship for Gender-Related Research - Simmons University, 2016-2017