Research Spotlight: Dr. Rachel Allison, Sociology

Dr. Rachel Allison

College of Arts & Sciences Research Spotlight: Rachel Allison

STARKVILLE, Miss. - For her research and scholarly commitments to the university, Rachel Allison recently received a College of Arts and Sciences research award in conjunction with the March 27 spring faculty meeting at the Hotel Chester.
The annual research awards are given to faculty who contribute significantly to MSU's mission of research and increase awareness of the university's research programs and capabilities.
Allison is an assistant professor in the sociology department.  She was nominated by her department for outstanding researcher in the social and behavioral sciences. Allison's research focuses on gender and intersectionality across societal institutions characterized by women's increased representation, including education, medicine and sport.  Allison's past research has examined racial and gender stratification in medical specialization and college students' participation in "hook up" culture. Her current project explores how owners and staff of women's professional soccer in the U.S. craft goals and strategies for selling the league.
Allison has used survey, interview and ethnographic methods in her research, which has been published in journals such as Social Science Research and Sociological Forum.
"She is a dynamic scholar and prolific social science researcher who has gained a national reputation as an expert in the area of Sociology of Sport," said Rick Travis, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. 
Travis said Allison's work as a public sociologist ensures that her research reaches those outside the academy and "brings visibility to her prominence as a scholar in her field as well as to the department, college and university."
"Dr. Allison is the epitome of a highly productive, high quality, rigorous research professor in the academy and we look forward to continued successes," Travis said. "Congratulations, Dr. Allison."
An MSU faculty member since 2014, the Walcott, Iowa, native received her master's degree (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She received her bachelor's degree (2007) in sociology and French from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
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