Danielsen

Dr. Sabrina Danielsen, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Office

Creighton Hall 426B

Office Phone

402 280-4909

Email

sabrinadanielsen@creighton.edu


Mail Address

Sabrina Danielsen, PhD
Department of Cultural and Social Studies
Creighton Hall #426B
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 67178-0450

Professional Vitae

As a sociologist, I am fascinated by the causes and consequences of various patterns in contemporary life.  How are people’s individual lives affected by the social and historical context in which they are living? How do we construct differences between people, such as by race, social class, and gender? How are inequalities based on these differences perpetuated and how can we challenge these inequalities? These are some of the questions that drive my research and teaching.

Much of my research has sought to understand how debates about controversial issues change over time and how these debates are informed by differences such as by race and political identity.  I have looked at how Evangelical Protestant organizations debated environmental issues since the 1980s, how diverse religious groups debated birth control around the 1930s, how Mainline Protestants have shifted in their official statements on abortion since the 1960s, and how diverse religious groups have sought to create health programs and engage in health politics in the 2000s. I have discovered that often the different “sides” of a controversial debate are based in the racial and political identities of the different people and organizations.  Further, as racial and political identities of groups evolve over time, the way they debate these controversial issues can also change.

In my classes, I want students to gain theoretical and research tools to help them study the structures of society that surround them and concern them. The classes I regularly teach are:
1. Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society (SOC 101). How is social life organized? This introductory class provides an overview of the field of sociology and seeks to understand how individuals are influenced by the social and historical context in which they are living.
2. Research Design in the Social Sciences (ANT/HAP/SOC 312). How do we ask and answer research questions about social life? The aim of this class is for students to better understand how social research is done so that they can more critically read published research and more thoughtfully create their own research studies.
3. Social Inequality and Stratification (AMS/ANT/SOC 411). What is the nature, causes, and consequences of social inequality and stratification? This class explores both theory and empirical research related to social inequality in the United States today.