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Department ofSociology

Cara Chiaraluce

Cara A. Chiaraluce

Lecturer and Department Internship Coordinator

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

Cara Chiaraluce conducts research in the fields of medical sociology, health inequalities, and gender and family. She 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." 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).  She is currently working on an article titled, “Transcending the Private Sphere: Community-based Care Work and Embodied Health Social Movements.”

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, as well-conducted research on the use of narrative in psychiatric health as a Cross-University of California Fellow in Medical Humanities. 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 the following classes: Principles of Sociology, Sociology of Family, Globalization and Inequality, Sociology Internship, Human Services, and Cultures & Ideas I & II. She also teaches classes in Inequality, Social Psychology and Self-Identity, Childhood & Adolescence, and Social Problems.

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Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae