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Kylie Parrotta, PhD

kylie parrottaAssociate Professor
118 Delaware Hall
kparrotta [at] desu.edu


Dr. Kylie Parrotta earned her doctorate in Sociology from North Carolina State University. Her broad teaching and research interests are inequality (race, class, gender, and sexuality), social psychology, and deviance/criminology. She identifies strongly as a teacher-scholar and is particularly devoted to examining the reproduction of inequality in her research and in the courses she teaches. Her research on sentencing disparities, roller derby, welfare-to work program managers, and scholarship on teaching and learning has been published in Advances in Group Processes, Criminal Justice Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Teaching Sociology, and Sociological Perspectives.

She is currently working on projects exploring the role of identity in the negotiation of organizational change, how attorney representation shapes criminal sentencing outcomes, exit accounts of employees and volunteers in non-profit and for-profit organizations, and educational trajectories of Black Pre-Medical and STEM students. 


Ph.D. in Sociology, North Carolina State University

M.S. in Sociology, North Carolina State University

B.A. in Psychology, North Carolina State University

Research Interests/Area

  • Social Psychology of Organizational Change
  • Race and Gender Disparities in Sentencing
  • Identity Work and Stigma Management
  • 21st Century Policing
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Criminology
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Sociologists for Women in Society – South


  • Schwalbe, Michael, Tricia McTague, and Kylie Parrotta. 2016. “Identity Contests and the Negotiation of Organizational Change,” in Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler (ed.) Advances in Group Processes 33:57-92.
  • Bloch, Katrina, Rodney Engen, and Kylie Parrotta. 2014. “The Intersection of Race and Gender: An Examination of Sentencing Outcomes in North Carolina.” Criminal Justice Studies 27(4):419-438.
  • Buck, Alison and Kylie Parrotta. 2014. “Students Teach Sex Ed: Introducing Alternative Conceptions of Sexuality.” Sex Education 14(1):67-80.
  • Gathings, M.J. and Kylie Parrotta. 2013. “The Use of Gendered Narratives in the Courtroom: Constructing an Identity Worthy of Leniency.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 42(6):668-689.  
  • Buck, Alison and Kylie Parrotta. 2013. “Making Marx Accessible: Understanding Alienated Labor through Experiential Learning.” Teaching Sociology 41(4):360-369.  
  • Seale, Elizabeth, Alison Buck, and Kylie Parrotta. 2012. “Who’s to Blame? The Identity Talk of Welfare-to-Work Program Managers.” Sociological Perspectives 55(3):501-527.
  • Parrotta, Kylie and Sarah Rusche. 2011. “Extra Terrestrials and Generic Social Processes: Minimizing Resistance in Teaching the Reproduction of Inequality.” Teaching Sociology 39(3):320-328.​​​​​​​
  • Parrotta, Kylie and Gretchen Thompson. 2011. “Sociology of the Prison Classroom: Marginalized Identities and Sociological Imaginations Behind Bars.” Teaching Sociology 39(2):165-178.           

Honors & Awards

  • 2018     Excellence in Teaching Award, Delaware State University
  • 2014     Excellence in Service to Students Award, National Society of Leadership & Success
  • 2013     SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award Recipient


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • University Seminar
  • Social Deviance
  • Race &  Ethnic Relations
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Men & Women in Society
  • Sociology of Sexualities
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Technology & Society