Kristen Kalz

Kristen Kalz
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Areas of Study: 

Science, Knowledge, & Technology, Social Problems, Environment & Technology, Social Inequalities, Gender

Research and Teaching: 

Social Inequalities, Class, Status, & Power, Culture & Mass Media, Sociology of Gender, Introduction to Sociology, The Family, Human Behavior at Work & in Business, and The Female Experience


I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2005. Returning to SIUE, I received my Masters of Arts in Sociology in 2009. After working and teaching in St Louis, I came to Mizzou to complete my Ph.D. My areas of emphasis include: Science, Knowledge, & Technology and Environment & Technology. Broadly speaking my research interests are in the study of Risk, Health, and Environment. My current research is on the environmental uncertainty that surrounds residents who live and work around West Lake landfill and Coldwater Creek, both of which contain cold-war era radioactive waste. Specifically, I am interested in how risk(s) has been complexly woven in the life-worlds of the residents – impacting not just their day-to-day lives, but also their imaginaries of self and community, citizenship and government, and science and technology. My research thus seeks to explore how such weaving of risk and attendant uncertainties define life-worlds of individuals and communities. Additionally, I have completed both the Women & Gender Studies certificate and a certificate in Grantsmanship here at Mizzou.

Select Publications: 

Kalz. K. (2015). “Frameworks & Subsequent Trajectories of Risk in a Landfill Community,” Conference presentation at Midwest Sociological Society, Omaha, NE