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Katrina Hoop was drawn to the field of Sociology because it offers a unique perspective on how people make sense of their lives, understand each other’s experiences, and change the world. Her many areas of interest include social movements and language, the immigrant experience, youth culture, and effective teaching strategies.
Her recent work focuses on the dynamics of social movements, language, and identity. In particular, she studies the “strange bedfellow phenomenon,” looking at unexpected collaboration between divergent interest groups, including the anti-gambling, the anti-USA PATRIOT Act legislation, and the anti-human/sexual trafficking movements. Furthermore, she has researched how break-dancers learn to dance, religious conflict in a Unitarian church, and high school drop-outs in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her current research focuses on the experiences of recent immigrants to Portland, Maine, the challenges in teaching sociology, and how to incorporate service learning in sociology courses.
“Being a Community of Individuals: Collective Identity and Rhetorical Strategies in a Unitarian Universalist church.” International Review of Modern Sociology, Vol. 38(1). (Spring, 2012): 105-130.
“Comte Unplugged: Using a “Technology Fast” to Teach Sociological Theory.” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 40:2 (April, 2012): 158-165.
“Students’ Lived Experiences as Text in Teaching the Sociological Imagination.” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 37. (January, 2009): 47-60