• About ME

    I am a doctoral candidate in Sociology at UC Davis, research consultant, and mixed methods researcher with over 7 years of research experience in higher education as well as both the public and private sectors.

    I hold a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Political Science (with honors and a Psychology minor) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

     

    I study family, legal consciousness, and the law. My dissertation uses qualitative methods to examine how non-traditional families in the United States understand, use, and deploy the law in their everyday lives and how these decisions impact their family-building beliefs and behaviors.

     

    Outside of the academy, I have worked with the California Arts Council, the California Department of Finance, JH Rothschild Consulting, the UC Davis School of Business Management, the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute, and I am currently a research consultant for the Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research. As an applied sociologist, I strive to bridge gaps between academic research, policymakers, and businesses.

  • Education

    University of California, Davis

    2020 (Expected)

    PhD Sociology

    University of California, Davis

    2016

    M.A. Sociology

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    2013

    B.A. in Political Science (Pre-Law)

    Minor in Psychology

  • Research appointments

    Research Consultant

    Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research, Sacramento, CA: 2019 - Present.

    Mellon Public Scholar

    Davis Humanities Institute - Mellon Public Scholar Program, UC Davis, Community Partner: California Arts Council, Sacramento, CA: 2019.

    Researcher

    Feminist Research Institute, UC Davis, PI: Sarah Mccullough, Davis, CA: Spring 2018.

    Graduate Student Assistant

    State of California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit, Sacramento, CA: Summer 2017.

    Research Assistant

    JH Rothschild Consulting, Davis, CA: 2016 - Present.

    Researcher

    Mike and Renee Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, UC Davis, PI: Andrew Hargadon, Davis, CA: Summer 2016.

    Research Intern

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Culture and Health Lab, PI: Julie Rodgers, San Luis Obispo, CA: 2012 - 2013.

  • Teaching appointments

    My teaching background includes courses on family, social relationships, law & society, research methods, and general sociology:

    (sample course materials available by request)

    Associate Instructor

    SOC 131: The Family

    SOC 135: Social Relationships

    Teaching Assistant

    SOC1: Introduction to Sociology

    SOC25: Sociology of Popular Culture

    SOC46A: Introduction to Social Research

    SOC131: Family

    SOC135: Social Relationships

    SOC155: Sociology of Law

    SOC159: Work & Employment

    Graduate Reader

    SOC2: Self & Society

    SOC46A: Introduction to Social Research

    SOC130: Race Relations

    SOC131: Family

    SOC132: Sociology of Gender

  • Grants, Fellowships, & awards

    2020: Graduate Program Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($12,881)

    2019-2020: Graduate Writing Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum, UC Davis ($3,000)

    2019-2020: Leaders for the Future Fellow, UC Davis Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    2017: Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($750)

    2019: Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($200)

    2019: Mellon Public Scholar, Davis Humanities Institute, UC Davis ($7,500)

    2018: Graduate Student Travel Award, Office of Graduate Studies, UC Davis ($1,000)

    2018-2019: Graduate Writing Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum, UC Davis ($3,000)

    2018: Graduate Program Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($12,663)

    2018: Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($500)

    2017: Leon Mayhew Award for Best Qualifying Paper, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($500)

    2017: Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($500)

    2017: Summer Travel & Research Award, Institute for Social Science, UC Davis ($500)

    2016: Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($500)

    2015: Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis ($600)

    2013: Pi Sigma Alpha, International Political Science honor society

    2011: Phi Theta Kappa, International honor society of two-year colleges

    2011: Alpha Gamma Sigma, Honor society of California community colleges

  • Publications & Presentations

    PUBLICATIONS

    McCarty, Kristin. “Unintentional Hierarchies: Polyamorists and the Families They Choose.” Revise & Resubmit.

     

    McCarty, Kristin. 2016. The Need For A Sociological Perspective On Polyamory. In R. Den Otter (Ed.), Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities. Lexington Books: 147-166.

     

    McCarty, Kristin. 2014. Building a Better Soldier: Human Enhancement Technologies in the 21st Century. Paideia 1: 3-24.

    INVITED TALKS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

    McCarty, Kristin. 2019. "An Imperfect Union: The Case of Marriage, Law, and Polyamorous Families" Paper presented at the Law and Society Association’s annual conference, Washington, D.C., June.

     

    McCarty, Kristin. 2017. "Welcome to the Family: Polyamory and Kinship in the U.S." Paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association's annual conference, Portland, OR, April.

     

    McCarty, Kristin, Kelsey Carney, and Julie Spencer-Rodgers. 2013. “Americans’ Stereotype Beliefs about ‘Hispanics’ (People from Spanish-Speaking Nations).” Invited talk given at the Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Reno, NV, June.

     

    Crook, Serina, Kristin McCarty, and Julie Spencer-Rodgers. 2013. “Antecedents of Negative Intercultural Communication Emotions.” Poster presented at the regional conference for the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, June.