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Mary Virnoche
Assistant Professor
Dept of Sociology
Humboldt State University

1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA, 95521, USA
Phone: (707) 826-4569
Fax: (707) 826-4418
Email:
Homepage: www.humboldt.edu/~mv23

INTEREST AREAS

  • Digital divide
  • Gender
  • BIOGRAPHY
    Mary E. Virnoche is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University. Dr. Virnoche holds advanced degrees in Sociology and Management, as well as an undergraduate degree in Journalism.

    Teaching

    • Cybersocieties: Race, Class and Gender
    • Graduate Seminar on Gender & Technology

    Research
    Much of Dr. Virnoche’s research has been funded by grants from federal and state agencies, as well as private and non-profit organizations. Dr. Virnoche has generated $1.8 million in project funds since 1996 including $660,000 in direct grant funding and $1.147 million in cash and in-kind matching funding. Much of her research has been organized around community-based technology, arts and education with an emphasis on technology and inequalities. Her most recent grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will fund a longitudinal study evaluating outcomes of girls participation in Expanding Your Horizons.

    Publications

    • “Family and the Social Studies of Science” forthcoming in Science, Technology and Society
    • 2004 “The ABCs of Technology Negotiation: Teachers Getting Wired.” with Matt Lessem in The Internet, Politics and Culture
    • 2002 “The Stranger Transformed: Conceptualizing On and Offline Stranger Disclosure”in Social Thought and Research
    • 2001 “Pink Collars on the Internet: Roadblocks to the Information Superhighway” in Women Studies Quarterly
    • 1998 "The Seamless Web and Communications Equity: The Social Shaping of a Community Network" in Science, Technology and Human Values with Gary T. Marx
    • 1997 "''Only Connect'' - E.M. Forster in an Age of Electronic Communication: Computer-Mediated Association and Community Networks" in Sociological Inquiry.

    Other
    Dr. Virnoche is a past Women''s Research and Education Institute (WREI) Congressional Fellow. She worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for Congresswoman Morella on policy issues related to women in science and engineering, health care, and housing policy among other areas.

    COURSE OFFERINGS

    Cybersociety: Race, Class & Gender in a Networked Society
    Webpage: www.humboldt.edu/~mv23
    Description: Undergraduate course focused on inequalities and democracy

    RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
                          a Section of the American Sociological Association