Cara Chiaraluce conducts research in the fields of medical sociology and gender and family. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California- Davis, where she completed her dissertation titled "Missing Pieces of the Autism Puzzle: Caregiver Narratives, Community Dynamics & Healthcare Empowerment." Her recent publications include the following articles: “Narratives on the Autism Journey: “Doing Family” & Reconfiguring the Caregiver Self’” in Journal of Family Issues (2018) and "Becoming an Expert Autism Caregiver: Health Literacy & Community Catalysts" in Research in the Sociology of Health Care (2015).
Prior to joining the department in 2015, she taught Sociology at UC Davis (where she won the 2013 "Excellence in Undergraduate Education Award") and California State University-Sacramento. Chiaraluce is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, received her B.A. in Sociology from Assumption College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Davis.
At Santa Clara, she teaches many courses, including the following classes: Principles of Sociology, Sociology of Family, Globalization and Inequality, Sociology Internship, Children, Youth, & Society, Social Problems, and Cultures & Ideas I & II.
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