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Sarah Gatson

Sarah Gatson
Associate Professor
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Degree From
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Race, Ethnic and Minority Relations
  • Law and Society
  • Cultural Sociology
  • Gender
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Community and Citizenship
  • Communication and Information Technology

Courses Taught at Texas A&M

  • SOCI 210: Sociology of Science and Technology
  • SOCI 212: Sociology of Popular Culture
  • SOCI 315: The Marriage Institution
  • SOCI 404: Sociology of Community
  • SOCI 445: Sociology of Law
  • SOCI 603: The Contemporary Family
  • SOCI 624: Qualitative Methods
  • SOCI 629: Sociology of Law
  • SOCI 651: Sociology of Culture
  • SOCI 657: Popular Culture


I am most interested in how people organize themselves in terms of community and citizenship. These two concepts both run parallel to one another, and are two ends of a continuum. Because “community” and “citizenship” are broad, contested processes, there are many ways one can study them. I focused my analyses initially upon gender and race as they intersect with these processes. I am also concerned with their significance as cultural systems, and as ideologies that permeate all our lives. I have moved back and forth from a focus on policy and law, and thus the more formal process of citizenship, to a more generalized focus on the micro- to macro-level processes of identity, community, and citizenship, and the connections between these processes.

Representative Publications

  • Gatson SN (2011). “The Methods, Ethics, and Politics of Representation in Online Ethnography,” In Handbook of Qualitative Research, Eds. Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln, 4th Edition, Sage, 513-527.
  • Gatson SN (2011). “Self-Naming Practices on the Internet: Identity, Authenticity, and Community.” Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies, 11 (3): 224-235.
  • Gatson SN and Zweerink A (2004). Interpersonal Culture on the Internet – Television, the Internet, and the Making of a Community, Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press: Studies in Sociology Series, no. 40.