Faculty - Alice Fothergill

Alice Fothergill, Associate Professor
Area of expertise
family, gender, inequality, disasters, and qualitative methodology
Contact Information
Email: Alice.Fothergill@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-2127
Faculty Website: https://www.uvm.edu/~afotherg/

I specialize in the areas of family, gender, inequality, disasters, and qualitative methodology. My book, Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood, was published with SUNY Press in 2004. The book is based on ethnographic research done in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1997 after a flood of historic proportions.
Currently, I am working with Professor Lori Peek of Colorado State on a longitudinal, qualitative study on children's experiences in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. In the years following Katrina, we have traced the experiences of a sample of children who continue to endure the trauma of the catastrophe. These children have lost their homes and schools, have been separated from families and loved ones, and have been forced to adapt to wholly unfamiliar environments. The study, which takes the perspective that the best way to learn about children is from children, utilizes multiple methods to capture children's perspectives and experiences. We recently published from the study in
an article in Sociological Inquiry (linked here).
I arrived at UVM in 2003, after two years on the faculty at the University of Akron in Ohio.  I currently teach: Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Disaster, Sociology of Childhood, and the Service Learning Internship.