Danielle MacCartney | Webster University

Danielle MacCartney, PhD



Associate Professor of Sociology
(314) 246-7516
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Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, CA, 2005
M.A. University of California, Irvine, CA, 2001
B.A. New Mexico State University, 1998

Courses Frequently Taught

Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Introduction to Research Methods
Class, Status, and Power
Feminist Criminology 

Philosophy of Teaching

Learning can be a lot of fun, and it is my job to show students how. My goal as a teacher is to inspire a passion for learning and to give students the tools they need to become lifelong learners. I do this by making learning exciting, relevant, rigorous, and challenging.

  • Learning Should Be Exciting: Students don’t learn when they sleep in class. To ensure they stay awake and interested in the material, I use humor and deliver the course material in multiple formats, including lectures, films, simulations, small group work, discussions, and peer review workshops. I will do whatever I can to make class as interesting and exciting as possible, in return I ask that students do what they can to stay engaged and learn.
  • Learning Should Be Relevant: What we talk about in class is happening, or could happen, to any one of us. This is not history; this is the life we are living and students should be able to take what they learn in class and apply it to their everyday experiences.
  • Learning Should Be Rigorous and Challenging: If students take my courses because they think it will be an ‘easy A,’ they may need to reassess their expectations. Even though we all live in a social world, the exact ins and outs of that world are often complex and counter-intuitive. Students will be challenged, both intellectually, and in terms of their assumptions and beliefs about our world. Having an inquisitive mind, contributing to class discussion, and keeping up with difficult readings is vital for success in my classes.

Research Interests

Law and Public Policy
LGBT Human Rights
World Society

Selected Presentations and Publications

MacCartney, D. (in press). Monitoring the world society: LGBT human rights in Russia and Sweden. In V. Demos & M. T. Segal (Eds.), Gender panic, gender policy (Advances in Gender Research, Volume 24): Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Stotzer, R. & MacCartney, D. (2015). The role of institutional factors on on-campus reported rape prevalence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-21.

MacCartney, D. (2015). International LGBT rights. In S. Thompson (Ed,), The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. (Vol.1, pp. 476-483). Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield.

Kingston. L., MacCartney, D., & Miller, A. (2014). Facilitating student engagement: Social responsibility and freshmen learning communities. Teaching and Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal2(1), 63-80.

Woolf, L. M., & MacCartney, D. (2014). Sexual and gender minorities.  In C. V. Johnson, H. Friedman, J. Diaz, B. Nastasi, & Z. Franco (Eds.), Handbook of social justice and psychology (pp. 155-176). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

MacCartney, D. (2013). The state of same-sex marriage in the United States. In L.P. Itaborahy & J. Zhu (Eds.). State sponsored homophobia: A world survey of laws, criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love (pp. 98-101). Brussels, Belgium: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.