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Erin Davenport

Title: Instructor
Department: Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-3123
Erin Davenport


PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill (May 2023) 
MA, UNC-Chapel Hill (2020)
BA, Davidson College (2018)


With all Erin Davenport's teaching her goal is to empower students to think for themselves while grounding them in standard practices of the sociology. Davenport values being accessible, fair, and helpful to all students. She actively seeks professional development opportunities to ensure she is equipped to teach equitably. Davenport aims to recognize the opportunity sociologists have to teach in a way that is informed by the structural inequalities they study, and so strives to empower students and create an equitable learning environment to help them thrive. She presented “Designed for Digital Engagement: Lessons Learned from All-Online Teaching” in a Teaching and Learning session at the American Sociological Association conference, showing other instructors how to translate the skills honed during the pandemic to leverage digital learning in their classroom. Davenport produced two resources that are in TRAILS, the peer-reviewed ASA database for teaching materials. One focuses on making academic reading accessible, offering instructors a discussion guide and activity to learn about how LGBTQ+ parents contest gender socialization with their children. The other resource leverages a database of occupational licensing requirements to show students the impacts of regulation on labor markets.

In the past, Davenport has taught: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Sex and Gender, The Labor Force, Social Interaction, Sociological Theory, and Race, Class, Gender, and Sexualities. 

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