Department of Sociology
Ann Morning's dissertation, entitled "The Nature of Race: Teaching and Learning about Human Difference," studies how definitions of race and racial difference are transmitted today via education in the United States. She uses content analysis of high-school textbooks and interviews with college faculty and undergraduates to investigate the extent to which understandings of race as a biological marker are challenged by competing notions of racial groups as socially constructed. In general, Ann's research interests are in race, demography, sociology of knowledge, and economic and historical sociology. For more information, view her dissertation online.