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Kerry J. Strand

Kerry J. Strand

Andrew G. Truxal Professor of Sociology 

Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 320
Office hours: As noted on syllabus or by appointment.


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Elmira College

Courses taught

  • SOC 215 Social Problems
  • SOC 260 The Philosophy and Methods of Social Research
  • SOC 300: Social Inequality
  • SOC 482 Practicum in Social Research


I have taught at Hood College for most of my career, and am currently the Andrew G. Truxal Professor of Sociology. I have done research on a variety of topics, including women and education, the medicalization of pregnancy and birth and gender-segregated labor markets. My current project is a sociological analysis of a contemporary “fringe” therapeutic community, which is a part of a larger interest in the techniques that high-boundary groups use to attract and retain members. I have also completed more than two dozen community-based research projects with Hood students during the past couple of decades. My expertise in community-based pedagogies and other aspects of undergraduate teaching has led to articles, books and presentations at conferences and colleges and universities here and abroad, including a recent two-week visit to Australia, where I gave workshops and talks at four universities as a Visiting Scholar for Engagement Australia. I have also served as an external reviewer of undergraduate sociology programs at more than 20 colleges and as a research consultant, most recently on an evaluation project for the Council of Independent Colleges.

Research and teaching interests

Community-based pedagogies, including community-based research and service learning; psychosalvational social movements; social control and social influence; undergraduate teaching and curriculum in sociology; gender stratification in education and the labor market.

Selected publications and presentations

Strand, Kerry J. Making Sure They Make It: Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students. Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, D.C., 2013.

Strand, Kerry J. "Friendly Persuasion: Creating Solidarity in a Modern Therapeutic Community." Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, March 2011.

Sweet, Stephen, and Kerry J. Strand (guest editors), “Cultivating Quantitative Literacy,” a special issue of Teaching Sociology, January 2006.

Strand, Kerry J., and Gregory L. Weiss (editors), Experiencing Social Research: A Reader. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2005.

Strand, Kerry, Sam Marullo, Nick Cutforth, Randy Stoecker, and Patrick Donohue, Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

McKinney, Kathleen, Carla B. Howery, Kerry J. Strand, Edward L. Kain, and Catherine White Berheide, Liberal Learning and the Sociology Major Updated: Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Sociology in the Twenty-First Century (Report of the ASA Task Force on the Undergraduate Major), November 2004.

Strand, Kerry J. “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the U.S.: Significant Trends, Pedagogical Lessons, and Learning Outcomes.” Paper presented at the XVIth World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Durban, South Africa, July 2006.

Strand, Kerry J. and M. Elizabeth Mayfield, “Pedagogical Reform and College Women’s Persistence in Mathematics.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, Vol. 8, pp. 67-73, 2002.