Sociology Graduate Students

Megan Elena Alpine
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Writing Program
  • Phone
    (831) 459-3168
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 211
  • Office Hours On filing fee status Spring 2020
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services

Research Interests

Most broadly, I am interested in how people try to be "good people."

This interest has informed a wide range of research projects: a content analysis of the radio show, This American Life, where I examined how the show facilitated listeners' ability to see themselves as tolerant, open-minded, and multiculturally-aware; review of the sociological literature on nonprofit organizations and on morality and values, with a eye toward the relationship between nonprofits' stated values and their everyday practices; and currently, in my dissertation work, a study of how university instructors make sense of and implement curricular goals in teaching a new academic literacy course for first-year students.

Biography, Education and Training

PhD, Sociology - University of California, Santa Cruz, Spring 2020 (in progress)

MA, Sociology - University of California, Santa Cruz, Winter 2016

BA, Sociology & Anthropology - Lewis & Clark College, Spring 2011

Personal Bio: When I am not grading papers or working on my dissertation, you will likely find me wearing roller skates as a coach and skater with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls.

Selected Publications

2015. “Crafting Feel-Good Multiculturalism in This American Life.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology 59:55-63. (

Selected Presentations

2018. "From Writing to Speaking in the Introductory Sociology Classroom." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, March 29, Long Beach, CA. 

Teaching Interests

First-year writing, sociological theory, & sociological methods