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Kirstie M. Boyett

Kirstie Boyett
  • LASB 349
Professional Links
Personal Website
Degree From
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Department of Sociology
Current Job
Assistant Professor, Lamar University

Research Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Gender
  • Crime, Law and Deviance
  • Sexual Violence
  • Victimology

Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • SOCI 205: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 207: Introduction to Gender and Society
  • SOCI 211: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOCI 304: Criminology
  • SOCI 311: Social Change
  • SOCI 314: Social Problems
  • SOCI 316: Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 411: Social Psychology


Kirstie Boyett is currently a Lecturer in Sociology. Kirstie’s primary research and teaching areas are situated in the intersections of social psychology, gender, criminology, and victimology. She utilizes frameworks from each discipline to examine the effects of macro-level law and policy implementation on social interaction and policy compliance, particularly concerning interpersonal violence, to discover the best intervention strategies for preventing and reducing gender and family-based violence.

For Kirstie’s dissertation, she conducted an original, controlled experiment investigating if policy wording used in anti-sexual violence policies and trainings, such as those congruent with Title IX, inadvertently reinforce gender stereotypes and rape myths; thereby, undermining their intention to prohibit sex discrimination and prevent sexual violence. Other research includes utilizing ArcGIS software to map out food insecurity in Brazos Valley, Texas and developing a community needs and risks assessment for Beaumont, Texas.

Kirstie was awarded the 2021 “Fasken Graduate Student Teaching Award” at Texas A&M University for demonstrating excellence in teaching and mentoring. She also tries to integrate research with community activism and was awarded the 2020 “Women’s Progress Award” at Texas A&M University for her activism efforts.