Faculty Profile for Dr. Rachel Romero

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Dr. Rachel Romero
Senior Lecturer — Sociology
UAC 449
phone: (512) 245-3035

Biography Section

Teaching Interests

I have taught several courses in or related to my areas of specialization, including: Introduction to Sociology; Gender & Society; Popular Culture & Society; Qualitative Research Methods; Sociological Theory; Art as a Way of Knowing (an arts-based research methods taught in the Honors College); Culture in Comparative Perspective (a course I developed for the Sociology Study-abroad Program taught in London, U.K.); and graduate seminars in Social Theory, and Social Inequality.

Research Interests

My research and publications have focused on street art, gentrification, and food studies. My recent articles have been published in competitive journals, such as City & Community, and Humanity & Society. The significance of these works contributes to critical dialogues about culture, rapid urban growth, race and ethnicity, and urban farming in Austin, TX. Most recently, I have been conducting action research in Art as a Way of Knowing, my arts-based research (ABR) classroom.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Harris, D. A., & Romero, R. (2019). Race, Four Farms, and a City: Color Blindness and the Austin, TX Commercial Farm Debate. Humanity and Society, 43(3), 227–249. https://doi.org/10.1177/0160597618814880
  • Romero, R., & Harris, D. A. (2019). Who Speaks For (and Feeds) the Community?: Competing Definitions of “Community” in the Austin, TX Urban Farm Debate. City & Community, 18(4), 1162–1180. https://doi.org/10.1111/cico.12416
  • Romero, R. (2019, May 1). Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles. Social Forces. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soz062
  • Romero, R. (n.d.). A Wild Tongue Writes Back: Replying to Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Speaking in Tongues". Rio Grande: A Journal of the Borderlands.
  • Romero, R. (n.d.). Hen & God by Amber West: A Book Review. Journal of Research on Women and Gender. Texas State University.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. August 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: John R. Hood Honors Professor of the Year, Texas State University, Honors College. April 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean's Golden Apple, Texas State University, College of Liberal Arts. August 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi "Favorite Professor". May 2019

Selected Grants

  • Harris, Deborah (Principal), Romero, Rachel (Co-Principal), Harris, Whitney (Co-Principal). Urban Farming and Gentrification in Austin, TX, Research Enhancement Program, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Submitted: December 1, 2014). Grant.
  • Romero, Rachel (Principal). Street Art and Gentrification in the City of Austin, Center for Social Inquiry, Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Submitted: June 1, 2013). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Center for Diversity and Gender Studies Advisory Council
August 2019-Present
14th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Poster Competition
April 2020-Present
Honors College Search Committee
February 2020-Present
Presidential Award Nomination Committee
October 2019-Present
Graduate Studies Committee
August 1, 2019-Present