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Dr. Colter Ellis

This is my first year at SHSU and I am thrilled to join the excellent researchers and educators in the Sociology Department and the Center for Rural Studies. I come to Huntsville from Tyhee, a small agricultural district just outside Pocatello, Idaho. My interest in sociology comes from my experiences watching the people of my community lose their land to subdivisions, their jobs to workers overseas, and their dignity to unfair social policies. As a young person, these events were frustrating and confusing. When sociology found me in the first semester of my undergraduate education at Idaho State University, it gave me tools to understand the inequalities of my community. I majored immediately and never looked back. This past summer, I completed my PhD at the University of Colorado at Boulder.    

As a researcher, my interests are broad. My specialty areas include Social Psychology, Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods, Gender, and Environmental Sociology. I have published peer-reviewed journal articles in ethnographic methods, the sociology of emotions, and the sociology of art. I present regularly at national academic meetings and am finishing a book manuscript based on my dissertation research. 

I am excited to be working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology in coordination with the Center for Rural Studies. This is a great opportunity for me to learn from and help improve the lives of rural people and their communities. I also teach Introduction to Ethnic Studies and am very enthusiastic about teaching to the students at SHSU!   


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