Kathy Hull

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Sociology Department
1131 Social Science Bldg.

267 19th Ave South

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Sociology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2001.
  • A.M.: Social Administration, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1989.
  • M.A: English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987.
  • A.B.: Romance Languages and Literature, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1986.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Culture
  • Law
  • Social Movements
  • Family
  • Gender and Sexuality
Courses Taught
  • Soc 1905 - Freshmen Seminar
  • Soc 3701 - Social Theory
  • Soc 4521/4521H - Love, Sex and Marriage
  • Soc 4551 - Sociology of Sexualities
  • Soc 4703 - Contemporary American Culture
  • Soc 4978V - Senior Honors Preseminar II
  • Soc 4977V - Senior Honors Preseminar I
  • Soc 8501 - Sociology of Family
  • Soc 8801 - Sociological Research Methods
  • Soc 8735 - Sociology of Culture
Research & Professional Activities


  • "Talking About Social Controversies." This collaborative project with Penny Edgell uses focus group discussions to examine how people talk about and form opinions on complex, controversial issues, with a particular focus on issues for which the expert domains of religion, science, and/or law offer conflicting guidance. We conducted 36 focus groups in three sites around the country, and we are currently analyzing the transcripts along several dimensions. We look at the role of story-telling in the groups, the way different forms of knowledge are weighted and compared, and the cultural schemas of law, science and religion that underlie participants' talk. This project was funded by the Sociology Program of the National Science Foundation
  • “The Construction and Contestation of ‘Family’ in LGBT Communities.” This project draws upon interviews and focus groups to examine the close relationships in the lives of sexual minorities and gender variant people. LGBT people are often invoked as threats to family in “family values” discourses, even as the gay rights movement focuses more than ever on a range of family issues including marriage and parenting rights. This project seeks to advance theorizing about nontraditional families. “The Role of Cognition in the Development of Social Fragmentation, Commonalities, and Consensus.” This NSF-funded project with Professor Penny Edgell uses focus group discussions of contemporary social controversies to examine how ordinary citizens deliberate on complex issues and evaluate competing forms of expert discourse from religion, science and law
  • Chair of the ASA Sociology of Law Section, 2014 - 2015