Associate Professor of Sociology
Chair of the Department for the Study of Culture and Society
Office Location: 120 Howard Hall
Darcie Vandegrift received her B.A. in sociology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has taught as a visiting faculty member at St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Nanjing University (China), and University of the Andes (Venezuela). She has completed Fulbright fellowships in Venezuela and Costa Rica. In collaboration with Drake students, she conducted summer research in Nanjing, China funded by the ASIANetwork. Based on this work, she co-curated with a Drake student a 2011 museum exhibit, “Young Adults and Consumption in Urban China.”
Her work with students editing Wikipedia youth studies articles has been featured by the Wiki Education Foundation and the American Sociological Association. Dr. Vandegrift supervises students in service learning projects and internships focused on social inequality and social change. Her teaching and research interests include globalization, social inequality, young adults, women’s exercise and social inequality, qualitative inquiry, and research design.
Vandegrift’s research is in the area of youth studies, examining how youth navigate the new political, educational, economic and social landscapes of globalization in everyday life. Her recent publications explore Latin American youth politics and how U.S. students consider multiculturalism and internationalization. Currently, she is completing a book manuscript about Venezuelan young adult political consciousness. Earlier writing examined social inequality and tourism development in Costa Rica, as well as the cultural politics of parenting and family life.