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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kansas
M.A., Sociology, University of Northern Iowa
B.A., Sociology, University of Northern Iowa
Lori Wiebold is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, joining the department in the fall of 2008. She came to Bradley after teaching a year at the University of Northern Iowa where she also earned her B.A. and her Master’s degree in Sociology. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2009, specializing in theory, gender, and political sociology. While at KU, she was honored by the Midwest Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association Section on the Family for her qualitative research examining identity issues of parental caregivers.
While at Bradley, Dr. Wiebold has taught Gender & Society, Medical Sociology, Sociology of Globalization, Sociology of Work & Occupations, Feminist Theories, Sociology of Families in addition to The Sociological Perspective (SOC100). She has also co-taught a “Social and Health Policies” Study Abroad course in Sweden and Finland for the University of Kansas. These course offerings reflect her commitment to teaching of how social and economic policies shape our lives.
In her mixed method dissertation, Dr. Wiebold examines how county governments in two rural states attempt to deal with globalization – the loss of jobs and the loss of population, at the same time attending to an increasingly aged population in need of health care. Data collection includes gathering expenditure data and qualitative interviews to assess local spending efforts to deal with these social forces and the meanings of these efforts for local decisions makers. For her work in this area, Lori won the Merton Award in Relations between Social Theory and Public Policy, awarded by the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.
Dr. Wiebold is hard at work, writing to publish key findings from this work. Her prior work includes a qualitative methodological piece appearing in Qualitative Sociology in 2002.
Dr. Wiebold is also active in the Bradley University community as she serves as a delegate to the University Senate, a member of the Curriculum and Regulations Committee, and the Retirement Advisory Committee. She and Dr. Amy Scott (History) are transitioning into the role of faculty coordinators for the Body Project (affiliated with the Women’s Studies Committee) in the fall of 2011.