Kate Averett

 Assistant Professor

Kate Averett

Expertise: Gender, Sexuality, Race/Class/Gender, Children & Youth, Qualitative Methods

Contact Info:

  • Email: kaverett@albany.edu
  • Office: 334 Arts & Sciences Building
  • Phone: 442-4694
  • Mailing Address:
    1400 Washington Avenue
    Arts & Sciences 351
    University at Albany, 12222

CV: Link


  • 2016: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2008: MDiv, Harvard University
  • 2004: BA, Mount Holyoke College

Current Research:

Averett’s research falls generally within the areas of gender, sexuality, childhood, and the family. She is broadly interested in how gender and sexuality, as social institutions, shape experiences of childhood and parenting. Her current project looks at competing discourses of childhood gender and sexuality within the homeschooling movement, as well as how norms around gender and parenting have shaped this movement. This mixed-methods project draws upon a survey of over 650 homeschooling parents in Texas, in-depth interviews with a subset of 46 of those parents, as well as participant observation at a number of homeschooling conferences and conventions across the state of Texas between 2013 and 2015. Averett is currently working on a book manuscript based on the findings from this project.

Courses Taught:

  • ASOC 362: Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender