Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology; Department Chair
Selwyn Hall 204
Utah State University
Dr. Elizabeth Kiester is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Albright College in Reading, PA. She specializes in Gender and Family Studies particularly within labor market organizations and globally with regard to immigration. Her most current research projects focus on the impact of COVID-19, precarious status, detention, and deportation on immigrant communities. She teaches a wide spectrum of classes including Sociology of the Family, Work and Family Conflict, Parenting and Technology, and Immigration and Transnational Families. She received her PhD in Sociology from Utah State University (Logan, UT) and her BA in Political Science and Sociology from Carroll College (Helena, MT). She enjoys spending time outside with her husband, Tim, daughter, Kaiya, and their dogs Jedi and Thorin.
Areas of Expertise
Gender and Family Studies
Areas of Research
Selected Professional Activity & Publications
Kiester, Elizabeth. 2022. “Derailed by the Mommy Track: Organizational Policies, Institutional Expectations, and Emotional Labor on Mothers” in The Reproduction and Maintenance of Inequalities in Interpersonal Relationships eds. Tyler Flockhart, Abigail Reiter, and Matthew Hassett: IGI Global Publishing
Ahmed, Saleh, Elizabeth Eklund, and Elizabeth Kiester. 2022. “Adaptation
Outcomes in Climate Vulnerable Locations: Understanding How Short-term Climate Actions Exacerbated Existing Gender Inequities in Coastal Bangladesh” at Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 1-22.
Kiester, Elizabeth. “Chapter 10: Health and Immigration” in Introduction to Health Inequalities: A Social Science Perspective eds. Miranda Reiter and Abigail Reiter: Kendall Hunt Publishing (FORTHCOMING)
Kiester, Elizabeth and Jennifer Vasquez-Merino. 2021. “A Virus Without Papers: UnderstandingCOVID-19 and the Impact on Immigrant Communities” at Journal on Migration and Human Security doi:10.1177/23315024211019705
Ahmed, Saleh and Elizabeth Kiester. 2021. “Do gender differences lead to unequal access to climate adaptation strategies in an agrarian context? Perceptions from coastal Bangladesh” at Local Environment DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1916901
Kiester, Elizabeth and Joseph Holowko. 2020. “Redefining the Roles of Master and Apprentice:Crossing the Threshold through the Co-Creation of a First-Year Seminar” at International Journal for Students as Partners. 4(1):66-81.
Kiester, Elizabeth. 2019. “Female Migration and the Global Economy” in the Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want edited by Leal, Walter. New York: Springer
Kiester, Elizabeth. 2019. “Gender Discrimination in the Labour Market” in the Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want edited by Leal, Walter. New York: Springer
Kiester, Elizabeth. 2019. “Global Care Chains and Transnational Families” in the Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming the World We Want edited by Leal, Walter. New York: Springer
Kiester, Elizabeth. 2017. “Fatherhood.” in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by Bryan S. Turner. Hoboken,NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Jacobs, Paul, Elizabeth Kiester, Christy Glass and Peg Petrzelka. 2015. “Bringing Them ‘Out of the Shadows’: Analyzing the Movement to Reframe the Immigration Policy Narrative in Utah” Journal of Sociology and Social Work 3(1):52-65.
Kiester, Elizabeth. 2013. “Transnational Mothering.” Pp. 611-12 in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, edited by Vikki Smith. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.
Glass, Christy, Nancy Kubasek, and Elizabeth Kiester. 2011. “Toward a ‘European Model’ of Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Viable Pathway for the U.S.?” Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) 29(1):132-174.
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC201 Social Problems
SOC210 Research Methods
SOC211 Social Statistics
SOC211 The Family
SOC271 Parenting and Technology
SOC351 Race, Ethnicity, Status, and Families
SOC470 Immigration and Transnational Families
FYS (Star Wars:The Good, The Bad, and the Sociology)
Vasquez, Jennifer, Interim 2021; “COVID-19 Status, Detention, and Deportation: Uncertainty Among Immigrant Communities in the United States”
Vasquez, Jennifer, Summer 2020; “Status, Detention, and Deportation: Uncertainty Among Immigrant Communities in the United States”
Pinel, Stephanie, Summer 2019; “How Does the Social Construction of Color Effect Political Perceptions?”
Holowko, Joseph, Interim 2019; “Assessing the Co-Creation an FYS: ‘Star Wars: The Good, The Bad, and The Sociology’”
Holowko, Joseph, Summer 2018; “Co-Creating an FYS: ‘Star Wars: The Good, The Bad, and
Musto, Emma, Summer 2016; “Understanding the Impact of State Policy and Religious
Perspectives on Attitudes Towards Same-Sex Couples.”
Awards and Grants
Henry P. and M. Paige Laughlin Annual Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, 2020. Albright College