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Dr. Elizabeth Borland

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Office: Social Science Building 313

Spring 2022 virtual student hours:
Thursdays 12:20pm – 3:00pm                                                    All student meetings will be held over Zoom.


Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Sociology (minor, Latin American Studies), University of Arizona
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Arizona
  • B.A., Latin American Studies and Spanish (double major), Smith College

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Development of Socio-Cultural Theory
  • Organizations in Modern Society
  • Women in World Perspective
  • Introduction to Applied Sociology
  • Gender in U.S. Society
  • Social Movements
  • Visual Sociology
  • Senior Capstone
  • First Year Seminar, “Changing the World, One Song at a Time: Social Movements and Music”

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Organizations (particularly non-profit groups)
  • Social Movements (particularly women’s movements in Latin America)
  • Applied Sociology
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Recent Research & Activities

The bulk of Dr. Borland’s research explores social movements, particularly the women’s movement in Argentina. Her work on the Argentine feminist movement appears in Sociological Perspectives, Mobilization, and Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, as well as several edited volumes. She has done research in collaboration with Barbara Sutton (SUNY-Albany) on trends in Argentina’s movement for reproductive rights. With Dr. Sutton, she has published work on women’s mobilization in Gender & Society and Feminist Studies. Her most recent project extends this work in a comparative investigation on abortion rights and legal mobilization in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Dr. Borland enjoys working with students on mentored undergraduate research. She co-authored an article on the cultural role played by Argentina’s Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo using qualitative analysis of newspaper articles (with Leah Ruediger ’12 and Sarah Schoellkopf), and she has a chapter in a book published by the University of Minnesota Press Strategic Alliances: Coalition Building and Social Movements, edited by Nella Van Dyke and Holly McCammon. This piece resulted from work she did with students in her Student-Faculty Research Seminar on Social Movement Coalitions (with the help of alums Lemor Bar-Or, Joe Garavente, Joanna DeLeon, Wendelin Regalado, Angél Hernández, and Emily Stark). Most recently, Dr. Borland worked with Jessica (Scardino) Kurzum ’14 in Summer 2013 on a Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) project exploring visual representations of the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Sandy. Their research resulted in a chapter published in Savage Sand and Surf: The Hurricane Sandy Disaster, edited by Lisa A. Eargle.

Dr. Borland is proud of her work with the TCNJ Advancement Project, funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program. Her research for this project explores faculty experiences and perceptions of gender equity in the STEM and social science disciplines at TCNJ. Dr. Borland carried out one-on-one interviews with male and female full and associate professors at TCNJ that explored the evolution of professors’ careers. In Spring 2011, Dr. Borland led a team of students in a faculty-student research seminar to analyze these interviews. This research was the basis for a follow-up survey carried out by Diane Bates. Articles based on this research appear in Advances in Gender Research. Now, Drs. Borland and Bates are cooperating with a team of sociologists at three other institutions to compare the patterns that emerged in this research.

She is interested in community based research. She teaches Introduction to Applied Sociology, where she supervises student teams doing applied sociological projects for community partners, including a Fall 2019 faculty-student research seminar investigation on social and emotional learning with the Trenton Circus Squad. She and Dr. Bates received a grant to start a summer program at the college from NCUR and the Lancy Foundation. This grant funded an interdisciplinary summer research project with faculty and students studying community and environmental transitions in Trenton. To learn more about this news, read the February 2007 TCNJ Update, or check out the project website,

Dr. Borland is professional consultant trained to carry out department reviews as a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Program Reviewers and Consultants Group. She is active in three sections of the American Sociological Association: Sex and Gender, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, and Teaching and Learning, where she currently serves on Council. She served as chair of the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium (2016-2018) and is currently treasurer of the Greater Philadelphia Human Studies Council. She is also proud to serve as Book Review Editor of Mobilization.