Department of Sociology

Katherine Jensen

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Jensen



Race and Ethnicity, Political Sociology, International Migration, Ethnography, Latin America, African Diaspora


Katherine Jensen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a former Fulbright Fellow and P.E.O. Scholar. She is a Graduate Fellow and former Graduate Student Coordinator of the Urban Ethnography Lab. She is also a Graduate Affiliate of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

Her work has been published in such venues as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Qualitative Sociology, Social Currents, City & Community, Contexts, The Huffington PostAustin American-Statesman, The Latin Americanist, and by the University of Texas Press.

Katie's research interests include race and ethnicity, political sociology, international migration, global sociology, urban sociology, and law and society. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study of the asylum-screening process in Brazil. In it, Katie investigates the series of perceptions, actions, and interactions through which the state decides who qualifies for refugee status and with what consequences. In particular, she focuses on how race and racial inequality are produced in that process. She discusses this research in an invited interview in Life & Letters.

Learn more about her work here


SOC S307L • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc

86883 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM CLA 0.104
(also listed as WGS S301)
Course description:   This course examines the workings of gender, race, and class in American society. Though they often go unrecognized, gender, race, and class are crucial axes of stratification, identity, and experience. In this course we will explore how gender, race, and class operate not simply as ways of categorizing people, but also how they have very real consequences for people, particularly the opportunities they have and the challenges they face. We examine each core concept from a sociological perspective and address relationships among them – how gender, race, and class intersect to shape individual experiences, interpersonal interactions, and society more broadly. We will also examine their roles in a variety of institutional contexts, including popular culture, the criminal justice system, and the labor force, among others.


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