Assistant Professor of Sociology
Long Island Campus - O'Connor Hall, E112
B.A. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. In Sociology, The New School for Social Research
Ph.D. In Development Sociology, Cornell University
Rachel Schwartz joined the Department of Social Science at St. Joseph's College in 2011. She teaches courses such as Sociology of Family and Elements of Social Science Research. Courses on Popular Culture, Qualitative Methods, and Food and Society are in development for the department and the College's new SJC100 curriculum. Prior to teaching at St. Joseph's, Dr. Schwartz taught at the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and The New School in NYC.
Dr. Schwartz’s research interests are in the areas of sociology of culture, political economy, and globalization. Her previous work addresses the dearth of research on the retail sector by adding significant data to contemporary theories of consumption that privilege the role of the consumer and render millions of workers invisible. Her current research is focusing on the complexities involved in “feeding the family” in urban food swamps (where access to nutritious, culturally appropriate foods is limited) and addresses the gendered bias of health debates.