Carol Petty

Carol Petty

Carol Petty

Graduate Research Assistant

Globalization, Cultural Sociology, Immigration, and Transnationalism

Carol Petty is a Sociology PhD Candidate at George Mason University. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Institute of Sociology at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). During her stay in Germany, she will be conducting dissertation research, thematically focused on immigrant integration by means of cross-cultural education. This project addresses two primary questions: how participants in educational settings construct, redefine, and bridge the symbolic boundaries surrounding nationality and citizenship; and, how the acquisition of cultural knowledge affects participants' opportunities for civic participation and social membership,. 

Carol's previous work with the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason included assisting on the NSF-sponsored project, Understanding the Structure of Sociological Knowledge, an ongoing project to curate and digitize manuscripts from past ASA Journals. Her contribution to this project included constructing and distributing surveys as well as developing analytical files for a public-use database.  During her graduate studies, she has worked as a teaching assistant, served as program assistant to the Southern Sociological Society's 2015 annual meeting, managed the CSSR Telephone Survey Lab, and coordinated multiple quantitative research projects.

Prior to enrolling in the Sociology PhD program at Mason, Carol studied as a Fulbright Grantee in Germany (2010-2011) and worked for George Mason University as a writing tutor (2009-2010). Recently, she was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship ($8,300) by the Sociology Department at GMU, a Summer Dissertation Fellowship ($7,000) by the Provost's Office, and a Critical Language Scholarship to study in Turkey by the US Department of State. 

Carol’s research interests center on immigration and transnational communities, with a focus on citizenship practices and cultural adaptation. Her recent ethnographic work has analyzed civic attempts to build relationships across deep lines of cultural differences (within the context of contemporary migration to Germany). 

She is trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods, with a particular interest in critical ethnography. She works regularly with Stata, SPSS, and a variety of survey design softwares.


Grants and Fellowships

Summer Research Fellowship, Provost's Office, 2017

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of Sociology, 2017-2018

Summer Research Fellowship, Provost's Office, 2015

Critical Language Scholarship, Turkey, 2014

Fulbright Grant, Germany, 2010-2011