Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Department of Sociology
Additional Positions at AU
As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently engaged in two new studies. One examines the discursive production of risk in US media accounts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Through a systematic study of over 2000 pages of news and blogs, she is exploring how the presence “risk” was constructed and made meaningful in particular ways. In addition, she is PI for a study that explores one of the newest trends in alternative healing modalities at NIH: biofield energy medicine. In this pilot case study she explores how patients, physicians, and practitioners make sense of biofield energy healing.
Dr. Pascale is the author of three books. Her first, Making Sense of Race, Gender and Class: Commonsense, Power and Privilege in the United States (Routledge, 2007) won the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Sociology Association Section on Race, Class and Gender. Her second book, Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Epistemologies (Sage 2011) won the 2012 Distinguished Book Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry for “charting new territories." Pascale’s third book Social Inequalities & The Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape was published in 2013.
PhD, Sociology (with a certificate in Women’s Studies), University of California, Santa Cruz
MA, Social Science, San Jose State University
BA, Communications, Glassboro State College