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Ashley Rockwell

Graduate Student    

B.S. in Neuroscience and B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University
M.A. in Sociology at Georgia State University


Gender & Sexuality


Ashley Rockwell is PhD student in the Department of Sociology. With a goal of better understanding people, her academic studies began with a focus on the brain but slowly moved from the micro to the macro when she realized much of neuroscience and psychology ignored the importance of social interactions and our social world. As a sociologist she takes both an interdisciplinary and mixed-methodological approach to her research.

Ashley Rockwell’s research interests center on inequalities of gender, work, race, and health, as well as empathy, the media, and social psychology.

Her research projects have included: an analysis of gender narratives and representations in Super Bowl commercials, the impact of introductory sociology courses on the empathy of undergraduates, race and gender inequalities in obituaries, and how gender and gendered segregated occupations relate to retirement, physical and psychological health, and friendship networks.

Ashley Rockwell is passionate about teaching sociology. In 2018, she was selected as the Teaching Associate where she assisted in training the next cohort of graduate students in the Graduate Teacher Training Program. She has also taught courses on social problems and sexuality. In 2019, she was awarded the Jacqueline Boles Teaching Fellowship.