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Brian Kapitulik

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Sociology/Anthropology
East 116G
413-775-1252

KapitulikB@gcc.mass.edu

Dr. Kapitulik earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2011.  His areas of specialization are education, family, and social inequality (race, class, gender, and sexuality).  Brian’s dissertation, “Resisting Schools, Reproducing Families: Gender and the Politics of Homeschooling,” examines the role of cultural beliefs, collective identities, and gender ideology in the burgeoning homeschooling movement.   He has published several articles, essays, teaching resources, and book reviews in such publications as The American Sociologist, Teaching Sociology, and Sage Publication’s Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide.  He has a forthcoming article in The American Sociologist entitled, “Teaching Sociology in Community College: Balancing Ideals With Institutional Constraints.” Brian also regularly presents his research at professional conferences including the Eastern Sociological Society and the New England Sociological Association and he’s a member of the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Community College Faculty.

Over the past thirteen years, Brian has taught at a variety of institutions including New Mexico State University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Quinsigamond Community College.  He’s offered courses on such topics as gender, education, social problems, family, social class, mental health and illness, and sexualities.  At GCC, Brian will be teaching Principles of Sociology, Social Problems, and Cultural Anthropology.  In all of his classes, Brian is guided by a teaching philosophy that emphasizes active learning, critical thinking, and mutual respect.

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