Our Faculty

Catherine Simpson Bueker

Chair, Department of Sociology; Associate Professor of Sociology


Contact Information

617 264-7771


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 464

Office hours: Monday, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Tuesday + Thursday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; other times by appointment.

Education

Ph.D., M.A. Brown University; B.A., Cornell University


Bio

Professional Highlights:

Emmanuel College, Associate Professor 2013-present

Emmanuel College, Assistant Professor 2007-2013
Courses taught: Soc 1101: Introduction to Sociology; Soc 1105: U.S. Institutions; Soc 2113: Methods of Social Research; Soc 2127:Social Class and Power; Soc 3103: Advanced Quantitative Methods; Soc 3201: Worlds in Motion: Causes and Consequences of Migration, Soc 4999: the Sociology of Boston

Emmanuel College, Visiting Assistant Professor 2006-2007
Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology; Introductory Research Methods; Social Class and Power
Responsibilities included: teach courses, participate in faculty meetings, mentor undergraduate students, assist in the development of the Sociology Club, deliver college-wide lecture to initiate Sociology Club.

Lasell College, Adjunct Professor 2005-2006
Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnicity
Responsibilities included: writing and delivering all lectures, developing and grading assignments, mentoring undergraduate students

Lesley University, Guest Lecturer 2003-2005
Lectured on research methods to graduate students several times/ semester
Responsibilities included: writing and delivering lectures; facilitating discussions

Brown University, Teaching Assistant 1999-2002
Courses taught: Introductory Statistics; Race, Class, and Ethnicity; Foundations of Political Analysis; American Heritage: Democracy, Inequality, and Public Policy; Social Exclusion and Inequality; Political Sociology
Responsibilities included: writing and delivering occasional lectures; developing and grading assignments; creating discussion questions and running sections

Brown University, Instructor 1999-2000
Course taught: Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse: A Research Practicum
Responsibilities included: writing and delivering daily lectures; teaching research techniques; overseeing research teams using the NLSY

Researcher, Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, Lesley University 2003-2005

Responsibilities included: designing research projects and program evaluations of national literacy programs; collecting quantitative and qualitative data; analyzing data; writing up and reporting findings for diverse audiences; heading a regional research committee; contributing to a national committee focused on evaluating the cost-effectiveness of educational reforms

Research Assistant, Brown University: Study of Immigration and Residential Segregation 2001-2003
Responsibilities included: organizing and analyzing 1990 and 2000 U.S. Census data using STATA; developing visual presentation for ASA annual meeting; presenting research at ASA annual meeting

Research Assistant, Brown University: Study of Food Stamp Usage in Rhode Island 2000-2001
Responsibilities included: organizing administrative data; running and analyzing event history models using SAS; performing literature reviews; preparing manuscript and visual presentation for conferences

Research Assistant, Brown University: Effect of Providence Revitalization on Low-Income Residents 1999
Responsibilities included: participant observations; creating interview protocol; interviewing local residents, politicians, and community advocates; coding data; distilling results into final report for local policymakers

Extern, MSPCC: Multi-site, Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Head Start 1999
Responsibilities included: interviewing parents of Head Start graduates, inputting data, cleaning data


What I Love About Emmanuel:

I have been at Emmanuel since 2006 and what I have consistently loved the most are the students.  They are interested, engaged, and passionate about the world around them.  I see this in the students in my classes, those with whom I work, and those I just meet in the halls. 

Courses I Teach

  • FYS: Worlds of Boston, Part + Present
  • Sociology 1101: Introduction to the Social World
  • Sociology 1105: Major Institutions in U.S. Society
  • Sociology 2113: Methods of Social Research
  • Sociology 2127: Social Class and Inequality
  • Sociology 3103: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • Sociology 3201: Worlds in Motion: The Causes and Consequences of Migration

Publications + Presentations

From Immigrant to Naturalized Citizen: Political Incorporation in the United States

Bueker, Catherine Simpson.  New York: LFB Publishing, 2006.


Publications:

  • 2014. (Forthcoming). "Citizenship." In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. John Stone and Xiaoshuo Hou (editors). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2014. (Forthcoming). "Immigrants and Welfare." In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. John Stone and Xiaoshuo Hou (editors). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2013. (Forthcoming). "Politics." Sociology in the Fastlane. Dubuque, IA: By Pass Publishing (Division of Kendall Hunt Publishing).
  • 2013. "What Wakes the Sleeping Giant? The Effect of State Context on Latino Voter Turnout in the 2004 Election," The Journal of Latino Studies, XI(3). 
  • 2013. "'Leads' to Expanded Social Networks, Increased Civic Engagement, and Divisions within a Community: The Role of Dogs." Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, special issue on Redefining Social Welfare: Connections across Species.
  • 2011. "Resources, Relevance, and Relationships: Differential Motivations behind Local Civic Engagement over Park Usage." New England Journal of Political Science, 5(2). 
  • 2009. "The Limits of Political Citizenship." Society, 6(5).  Invited submission for issue focusing on immigration debate. 
  • 2008. "Civic Incorporation." In Battleground Immigration, Judith Warner (ed.). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • 2005. "Making the Grade: The Performance of Former Reading Recovery Children on the Third Grade MCAS Exam." The Journal of Reading Recovery, fall: 64-68.
  • 2005. "The Political Incorporation among Immigrants from Ten Areas of Origin." International Migration Review, 39(149):103-140.


  • 2005. "Teacher's Reports of the Effects of a Whole-School Literacy Reform on Teacher Turnover." The Elementary School Journal, 105(4):395-416.


  • 2004. "The Personal is Political: The Relationship Between Marital Status and Immigrant Political Incorporation." The Electronic Journal of Sociology, 7

Presentations:

  • Organized session on "Immigrants in Boston" at the Eastern Sociological Society's Annual Conference (Boston, MA, March 2013)
  • Presented ""Domestic Public Policy and Transnational Ties: Immigrants' Transnational Allocations of the Earned Income Tax Credit" at the Eastern Sociological Society's Annual Conference (Boston, MA, March 2013)
  • Invited lecture, "Latino Political Participation in the Presidential Election" at Roger Williams College (Bristol, RI, October 2012)
  • Invited speaker at the National Immigrant Integration Conference, sponsored by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (Boston, MA, October 2010)
  • Presented "Political Attitudes and Behaviors of College Students in the 2008 Presidential Election" at the Emmanuel College Faculty Research Seminar (November, 2009)
  • Presented "Identifying Predictors of Voter Participation and Candidate Choice among College Students in the 2008 Presidential Election" at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association w/ Haley Byrnes and Lauren Harris (San Francisco, CA, August 2009)
  • Presented "Turning out to Vote and Turning out the Vote: The Role of Political Context in the 2004 Presidential Election," at the Migration and Immigrant Incorporation Workshop (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, September 2008)
  • Presented "Turning out to Vote and Turning out the Vote: The Role of Competitive Races on Voter Turnout among the Naturalized and Native-Born in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Elections," at The Center for Research on Nationality, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (University of Surrey, Guilford, UK, June 2008)
  • Presented "A Search for Political Voice? Informal Political Activity among Immigrants," at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association (New York, NY, August 2007)
  • Presented "Teachers' Responses to a Whole-School Literacy Reform Model: Results from Two Formative Studies," at the Conference of the American Educational Research Association w/ Linda Caswell (Montreal, Canada, March 2005)


  • Presented "Two Years After...The Performance of Former Reading Recovery Students on the 3rd Grade MCAS Exam," at the March 2004 Conference of the Massachusetts Reading Association (Sturbridge, MA, March 2004) 


  • Presented "The Personal is Political: The Relationship between Marital Status and Political Participation," at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association (Atlanta, GA, August 2003)

  • Presented "The Impact of Immigration on Residential Segregation: A Follow-Up," at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association w/ Prof. Michael White & Prof. Jennifer Glick (Chicago, IL, August 2002)


  • Presented "Immigrants in the Voting Booth," at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association (Anaheim, CA, August 2001)


  • Presented "Spatial Effects on the Dynamics of Food Stamp Participation," at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association w/ Prof. Hilary Silver & Prof. David Lindstrom (Anaheim, CA, August 2001)


  • Presented "The Dynamics of Food Stamp Participation," at the USDA Small Grants Conference w/ Prof. Hilary Silver & Prof. David Lindstrom (Washington, D.C., October 2000)
  • Presented "Gender and Citizenship: The Impact of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act on Naturalization," at the Annual Conference of the American Sociological Association (Washington, D.C., August 2000)

Grants + Recognition

Post-Graduate

  • Nominated for the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011.
  • Campus Life Award, 2010.
  • $3,000 Grant from Emmanuel College to increase diversity in curriculum, developed "The Immigration Experience," 2007.
  • $5,000 Reading Recovery Council of North America Research Grant, 2004-2005.

Graduate

  • Brown University Dissertation Fellowship, 2002-2003.
  • Presidential Award in Teaching Excellence, Honorable Mention, Brown University, 2000-2001.
  • Alden Spear Jr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Master's Thesis, Brown University, 2000. 
  • Brown University Fellowship, 1998-1999.

Undergraduate

  • Distinction in All Subjects, Cornell University, 1996.
  • Dean's List, Cornell University, 1995-1996.

Research Focus

My research focuses on the ways in which people engage civically and politically in American society and how they become a part of the public sphere.  I have historically focused on the political incorporation of immigrants, via citizenship acquisition and voter turnout, but I also examine how native-born Americans engage.  I have studied everything from Latino voter turnout in presidential elections to how residents of a small town publically engage over the use of public space.  I am currently working on a chapter entitled "Politics" for an introduction to sociology textbook (Kendall Hunt), as well as essays on "Citizenship" and "Immigrants and Welfare" for The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (Wiley-Blackwell).