College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Carissa Froyum

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Faculty - Associate Professor of Sociology




Ph.D. (2007), North Carolina State University

Research Interests

Social Inequality, Feminist Theory, Qualitative Methods, Emotions, Volunteerism


Executive Board of United Faculty; Salary Equity Joint Committee: United Faculty and UNI Administration

Selected Publications


Risman, Barbara J., Carissa Froyum, and William Scarborough, editors. The Handbook of the Sociology of Gender, Second Edition. Expected 2018. Springer Publications.

Froyum, Carissa and Kent Sandstrom, editors. Inside Social Life.  Eighth Edition. Expected 2017. Oxford University Press.

Volunteering and Emotions: an interview study of the emotion work volunteers undertake, especially when working with marginalized groups


McTague, Tricia, Carissa Froyum, and Barbara J. Risman. Forthcoming. "Learning About Inequality From Kids: Interviewing Strategies for Getting Beneath Equality Rhetoric. In Researching Kids and Teens: Methodological Issues, Strategies, and Innovations, edited by Ingrid E. Castro, Melissa Swauger, and Brent Harger. Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, volume 22.

Froyum, Carissa. forthcoming. "Institution of Families." In Sociology in Action, edited by Maxine Atkinson and Kathleen Lowney. Sage Publications.

Froyum, Carissa, Katrina Bloch, and Tiffany Taylor, Editors. 2016. Creating and Contesting Social Inequalities: Contemporary Readings. New York: Oxford University Press.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2015. Invited book review of Manhood Acts by Michael Schwalbe. International Review of Modern Sociology.

Sandstrom, Kent, Spencer Cahill, and Carissa Froyum, Editors. 2014. Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology. Seventh Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2013. “Dealing with Emotions in the Classroom.” in Teaching Race in Contemporary America, edited by Kristin Haltinner, Ronald Aminzade, and David N. Pellow. Springer.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2012. “Leaving the Street Alone: Contesting Street Manhood as a Gender Project.” Journal of Gender Studies 22(1): 38-53.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2012. “‘For the Betterment of Kids Who Look Like Me’: Professional Emotional Labour as a Racial Project.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 36(6): 1070-1089.

Froyum, Carissa M. and Marybeth Stalp. 2012. “Introduction to Special Issue: Constructing a Color Line in the Twenty-First Century.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 4(1):3-6.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2011. Invited book review of Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 40: 292-294.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2010. “The Reproduction of Inequalities through Emotional Capital:  The Case of Socializing Low-Income Black Girls.” Qualitative Sociology 3(1):37-54.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2010. “Making ‘Good Girls’: Sexual Agency in the Sexuality Education of Low-Income Black Girls.” Culture, Health & Sexuality 12(1): 59-72.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2007. “‘At Least I’m Not Gay’: Heterosexual Identity Making among Poor Black Teens.” Sexualities 10(5):605-624.

Froyum, Carissa M. 2007. “Teaching Portfolio.” Teaching Portfolios Within the Discipline edited by Daniel G. Renfrow. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. Pp. 165-180.

Courses Taught

Social Inequality; Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice; Social Psychology; Qualitative Data Analysis; Teaching Development; Introduction to Sociology; Women, Men and Society


United Faculty Emerging Leader Award, 2016

Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Liberal Arts Core, 2016

University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award recipient, 2011

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for Untenured Faculty, 2011-2


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