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Natalie Delia Deckard


Ph.D. Emory University
M.A. University of South Florida
B.A. Columbia University


I teach courses in political sociology, globalization, migration, critical criminology, and quantitative methods. I am fundamentally motivated by my work with students as both a teacher and a research mentor. In my classes, I focus on supporting my students' development as sociologists by grounding coursework in individual research interests. I have advised students in conference presentations, and co-authored peer-reviewed manuscripts with undergraduate student authors.


My scholarship investigates the ramifications of welfare retrenchment for marginalized populations. Drawing on literature in political sociology, citizenship theory, and racial and ethnic relations, I work to explain the ways in which we construct belonging and exclusion in a market-driven world. I examine the methods employed by the state to discourage rebellion. By looking at phenomena as diverse as separatist movements, human trafficking, and incarceration, my work investigates the changing character of the state and the citizen.

My peer-reviewed research has been published in The Sociological Quarterly, Citizenship Studies, Sociology Compass, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and other academic journals. It has been featured in The Nation and online. I have given talks on my research at the University of Warwick and the University of Puerto Rico, where I was a visiting research fellow.

I am currently working on a book that builds on my dissertation research—examining the effects of system avoidance for children in marginalized communities.

An active member of the governing board of the national Council on Undergraduate Research, I remain involved in the development of best practices for integrating social science research in the sociology major. I have also written for Teaching Sociology, the academic journal of pedagogy for our discipline.