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Dr. Elizabeth Borland

Phone: (609) 771-2869


Office: Social Science Building 313

Spring 2023  student hours:
Tuesdays in person, by email appointment 1:30-2:40pm

Mondays on Zoom, by calendar appointment: 1:30-2:40pm


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
  • Gender and Activism in Global 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, Feminist Studies, Frontiers, and Culture, Health & Sexuality. Her most  recent project extends this work in a comparative investigation on abortion rights and legal mobilization in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

Dr. Borland also enjoys working with undergraduates on sociological research. In Summer 2022, she worked with Cameron Keating ‘24 and Jordan Eckstrom ’24 as part of TCNJ’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience ( MUSE) to launch a collaborative project with  Kids and Car Safety, the leading non-profit organization addressing hot car deaths. In cooperation with  Mary Nell Trautner, University at Buffalo, the team analyzed case files provided by KACS on instances where parents unknowingly left their children in hot cars, resulting in fatalities. The project aims to uncover the inequality within the criminal justice system around these types of cases in which blameworthiness falls more heavily on some parents than others in terms of race, class and gender.

Dr. Borland has co-authored several pieces with students, including 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). She also worked with Jessica (Scardino) Kurzum ’14 in Summer 2013 on a MUSE project exploring visual representations of the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of Sandy that resulted in a chapter published in  Savage Sand and Surf: The Hurricane Sandy Disaster, edited by Lisa A. Eargle.

In addition to these projects, Dr. Borland has done research on gender and inequality, including a  recent piece in Socius on perspective taking in middle school, high school, and college students. She is also proud of her work with the  TCNJ Advancement Project, funded by the National Science Foundation  ADVANCE Program. Articles based on this research, in cooperation with  Diane Bates appear in Advances in Gender Research, Polymath, and Community, Work & Family.

Dr. Borland is committed to community based research. She teaches Introduction to Applied Sociology, where she supervises student teams doing applied sociological projects for community partners. You can read more about her approach in this  ASA Footnotes article.

Dr. Borland is a 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, and she currently serves on the advisory board for ASA’s Sociolology Action Network and the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics. 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.