Valerie Chepp, PhD
Department of Sociology
I am an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Hamline University. I am also the Director of the Social Justice Program at Hamline. I teach courses on Social Justice, Sociology of Gender, Ethnographic Field Methods, Introductory Sociology, Sociology of Storytelling, and American Cool.
My areas of specialization include the intersection of race/class/gender inequality, culture, social change, and qualitative research methods. Broadly speaking, I’m interested in the ways marginalized groups use art as a form of political protest and engagement. I explore this phenomenon in my current research on youth activism and spoken word poetry. This project builds upon previous work I have published on art and social change, including research on African American verbal art traditions and an analysis of the sociological significance of Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road, as well as two articles on Black feminist thought and women rappers (here and here). I've also co-authored chapters on intersectionality, ironic sexism, and video pedagogy.
I hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Maryland, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin.