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Women's and Gender Studies

Teresa Elston, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Sociology

Teresa Elston, PhD, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology. 


Professor Elston completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2001 at the University of Notre Dame.  She also has a master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Indiana University.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Elston's current research focuses on pedagogical issues in the teaching and learning of sociology.  She is also interested in the study of gender and families, as well as gender and sexuality.  Of particular interest to her is the daily life of contemporary families, including combining work and family, in addition to family ceremonies and rituals.

Teaching Interests

Professor Elston's teaching and research interests are in the areas of power and inequality, as well as community, urbanization and culture.  Classes she teaches at USD include Marriage and Family, Gender through the Prism of Difference, the U.S. Mosaic, Sexualities, and Introduction to Sociology.  She uses film and documentaries in her classes, and a recent project focuses on strategies to include film in classes on sexualities.