Kathryn Lively

Sociology Professor Named Dean of the College

Professor Kathryn Lively has been named dean of the College, Provost Joseph Helble announced June 25. She will assume her role on July 1.

As Dartmouth’s senior officer responsible for undergraduate academic life, the dean of the College oversees the Student Affairs division and Dartmouth’s six house communities, and serves on the president’s and provost’s leadership teams, promoting the integration of academic life into the full range of student experiences, providing direction on student inclusivity and diversity issues, and participating in strategic planning.

Lively, a professor of sociology and the inaugural house professor of the South House residential community, has served as interim dean since July 2018.

Op Ed: Culture Needs to Change in Order to Curb Childhood Obesity (Garnet News)

The US has the highest percentage of obese children and young adults in the world. In a recent Op Ed in the Garnet News, Sociology professor Kathryn Lively argues that in addition to individual choices and structural features of of urbanization, poor diets, and reduced physical activity, there is another component that has contributed to this epidemic: our culture. Read the full article here...

Sociology Alum is the Lead Author on a Paper in the ASA Socius Journal

Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, one of the journals of the American Sociological Association, has published this paper by Morgan Matthews '15 and Professor Kathryn Lively: "Making Volunteer-based Democracy 'Work': Gendered Coping Strategies in a Citizen Legislature."  The paper focuses on how state legislators working in a volunteer political institution cope with work and family responsibilities.  Read the full article here.  Morgan initiated the research for this for her Honors Thesis which she completed upon her graduation in 2015.

See the sidebar to access another work by Morgan Matthews that she produced in her senior year on campus, as an independent study project, to guide future writers of Sociology Honors Theses.

"America’s Drug of Choice: It’s Not What You Think" (The Huffington Post)

Here’s a question: What drug is the most addictive, least regulated, and most widely endorsed by our culture? Not heroin or cocaine. Not tobacco. Not even alcohol. You might want to put down your caramel ice decaf coffee while you read this: It’s sugar. Read the full article here.

Sociology Professor is One of Six Chosen to Serve As a House Professor

The house communities—a cornerstone of the Moving Dartmouth Forward plan announced by President Phil Hanlon ’77 in January—are designed to transform Dartmouth’s undergraduate residential experience, bringing more continuity to students’ on-campus living options and greater opportunity for faculty-student interactions beyond the classroom. The houses will open to students in fall 2016.  Read the full story in Dartmouth Now.

Faculty Take a Look at Valentine's Day (Dartmouth Now)

There’s no denying that Valentine’s Day can be complicated. But not to worry: Dartmouth Now has canvassed faculty from across the divisions—a sociologist, a biologist, and an art historian—to find interdisciplinary answers to the age-old questions of dating, romance, and, of course, the mating habits of reptiles.

Read the full story, published on February 11, 2015 in the Dartmouth Now.