Carol Petty

Carol Petty

Carol Petty

Adjunct Faculty

Sociology: Cultural Sociology, Citizenship Studies, Globalization, Immigration

Carol Petty is an adjunct professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department. Her research analyzes transformations in citizenship through the lens of contemporary immigration and state-led projects for social integration.  She currently studies intercultural education programs designed to integrate new migrants into German society, particularly integration programs serving refugee students. Her dissertation project addresses two primary questions: how do participants in these educational settings constitute, bridge, and shift the symbolic boundaries surrounding nationality and citizenship? And, how does intercultural education render opportunities for democratic participation and social membership? Carol’s research interests center on the relationship between cultural change and democracy as well as the social construction of citizenship. Her previous ethnographic work analyzed civic attempts to build relationships across deep lines of cultural differences (within the context of contemporary migration to Germany). 

She has extensive experience in university teaching and social science research. Most recently, she assisted an interdisciplinary faculty team on the Intersectionality Course Development Project, where she developed instructional resources for intersectional curricula. This included collecting data on intersectional programs of study and creating an annotated reading library for instructional use. Prior to this, she worked for the American Sociological Association on the NSF-sponsored project, Understanding the Structure of Sociological Knowledge, a multi-year project to build a researchable database of digitized manuscripts submitted to the ASA’s academic journals. Her contribution to this project included designing and distributing large-scale surveys and developing analytical files for a public-use database.  During her graduate studies, she has worked as a program assistant for the Southern Sociological Society's annual meeting, managed the telephone survey lab at the Center for Social Science Research, and contributed to multiple qualitative and quantitative research projects. She has advanced training in a range of research methods, with a particular interest in interpretive interviewing and critical ethnography.

Recently, she was awarded a 2020 Dissertation Completion Grant ($10,000) by the Provost’s Office and a 2019 Dissertation Writing Fellowship ($8,000) by the Sociology Program at Mason. In 2014, she was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study in Turkey by the US Department of State.  Prior to earning her PhD in Sociology, she studied as a Fulbright Grantee in Germany (2010-2011) and worked as a writing tutor (2009-2010) for George Mason’s Writing Center. 

Grants and Fellowships

CHSS Dissertation Completion Grant, 2020

Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Sociology Program, 2019           

PhD Summer Research Fellowship, Provost's Office, 2018 and 2017

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of Sociology, 2017

MA Summer Research Fellowship, Provost's Office, 2015

Critical Language Scholarship, Turkey, 2014

Fulbright Grant, Germany, 2010-2011

Courses Taught

SOCI 355 - Social Inequality

SOCI 303 - Methods and Logic of Inquiry

SOCI 313 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 

SOCI 485 - Research Seminar: Sociological Analysis and Practice


PhD Sociology, 2021, George Mason University, Belonging in Refuge: Cultural Logics of Refugee Incorporation in Contemporary Germany