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Margaret McGladrey

Department of Sociology
Post-doctoral Scholar in Civic Studies, Tisch College

Margaret McGladrey

Margaret McGladrey

Department of Sociology
Post-doctoral Scholar in Civic Studies, Tisch College

Phone 617.627.4479
Eaton Hall, 107

Margaret McGladrey, Ph.D., is a sociologist and feminist activist focused on the intersectional politics of representation and knowledge production, specifically in cultural discourses related to gender ideology, education, and health. She currently is a postdoctoral scholar with the Department of Sociology and Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. 

Her recent work involves youth-led participatory action research with The Girl Project, for which she created The Girl Project: Next Generation middle school mentoring program and serves as the Research and Advocacy Director responsible for the program's feminist critical pedagogy and grant-writing/evaluation. Her interdisciplinary research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Feminist Formations (the journal of the National Women's Studies Association),Journal of Children and Media, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Health Education, Health Communication, and Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. She has presented at national and international academic conferences in three disciplinary areas (communication, public health, and sociology), and she received the 2015 American Sociological Association graduate student paper award for a project exploring the ethics of conducting research about gender and sexuality with preadolescent girls. McGladrey also has served as a co-investigator on many federally and state-sponsored studies to lead mixed-methods community-based participatory research efforts involving local health departments, cooperative extension agents, and community health coalitions.

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kentucky
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies, University of Kentucky
M.A., Communication, University of Kentucky
B.A., Journalism, University of Oregon
Professional Experience: 

Postdoctoral Scholar of Civic Studies, Tisch College of Civic Life and Department of Sociology, Tufts University


Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health, Behavior, & Society, University of Kentucky College of Public Health


Assistant Dean for Research, University of Kentucky College of Public Health


Marketing Coordinator, Anderson∙Perry & Associates, Inc., La Grande, Oregon

Research Interests: 

Children and youth; feminist media studies; gender; participatory action research; public health; sociological and feminist theory

Selected Honors and Awards: 
John A. O’Donnell Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky (2017)
Doris Wilkinson Award for Outstanding Paper in Work, Medical and Social Inequalities, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky, for “Examining the Implications of the Relational Dynamics of Sex Role Orientation for Mental Health” (2017)
American Sociological Association Student Forum Paper Award, for “Studying Sexualities in Girls’ Social Worlds: Ethical and Effective Methodologies for Research with Preadolescent Girls” (2015)
Selected Professional Activities: 
Council Member (Elected Position), Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, American Sociological Association (2018-2021)
Guest Editor, American Journal of Preventive Medicine theme issue (2015:49.2)
Selected Funded Research: 

National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” Grant for The Girl Project (2018)
Coalition Lead, “Collaborative Environment Approaches to Reduce Obesity Disparities in Kentucky,” funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PI: Ann Vail, 2014-2017)

Curriculum Vitae: 
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
SOC 094/TCS 94-003: Girls and Girlhood (Fall 2018)
SOC 111/TCS 111: Making Social Change Happen (Spring 2019)
SOC 235: Social Inequalities (Summer 2018)
CPH 778: Grant-writing for Public Health