Rachel La Touche
Professor La Touche’s research centers on inequality at the level of interaction, and within the social contexts that individuals routinely participate. Her current work focuses on how institutions of higher education structure the mental health experiences and outcomes of those within them. While her data come from an online survey and in-depth interviews conducted in the Midwestern US, she plans to expand data collection to other areas and pursue cross-comparative analysis. In an upcoming project, she aims to revisit questions of inequality in educational settings by investigating how marginalized identities are confronted, evaluated and navigated in classroom settings.
While Prof. La Touche has an established research background, she also boasts an interdisciplinary and international teaching repertoire. She has taught courses for Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Mannheim-Germany and at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program at the University of Michigan. She enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the areas of stratification/inequality, mental health, education and race/ethnicity. Currently, Prof. La Touche teaches courses in introduction to sociology, research methods, gender, and inequality (global and domestic).