Colleen Butler-Sweet, Ph.D.
Degrees and Certifications
- BA Mount Holyoke College
- Ph.D. Boston University
Dr. Butler-Sweet’s teaching responsibilities include introductory courses in sociology along with changing families and the sociology of youth and childhood.
Research Interests and Grants
Dr. Butler-Sweet’s primary areas of interest include sociology of the family, race and ethnicity, and racial identity.
Her research focuses on racialized family structure and explores the combined impact of race and class on identity development in varying family contexts. In recent articles in Social Identities and The Journal of Comparative Family Studies, she examines how middle-class identity is learned and negotiated in families where parents and children may or may not be of the same race, particularly families formed through transracial adoption.
The next phase of her research expands on the racialized family structure theme by exploring the dynamics of transracial adoptions by same sex couples.