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Department ofSociology

Cara Chiaraluce

Cara A. Chiaraluce

Lecturer and Department Internship Coordinator


Ph.D. 2014, Sociology, University of California, Davis

Dr. Chiaraluce conducts research in the fields of medical sociology, health inequalities, and gender and family. She recently received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California- Davis, where she completed her dissertation titled "Missing Pieces of the Autism Puzzle: Caregiver Narratives, Community Dynamics & Healthcare Empowerment." She has an article in press, "Becoming an Expert Autism Caregiver: Health Literacy &Community Catalysts" in Research in the Sociology of Health Care (2015), and forthcoming articles on caregiver narratives of autism and identity transformation, and demedicalization in environmental health and asthma advocacy organizations. Prior to joining the department, she has taught Sociology at UC Davis (where she won the 2013 "Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award") and California State University-Sacramento, as well conducted research on the use of narrative in psychiatric health as a Cross-University of California Fellow in Medical Humanities.

At Santa Clara, she teaches the following classes: Principles of Sociology, Sociology of Family, Human Services, and Cultures & Ideas I & II. She also teaches classes in Inequality, Social Psychology and Self-Identity, Childhood & Adolescence, and Social Problems.

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae