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- 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
- 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”
- 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.