kate ragon.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology


  • BA, sociology, Gettysburg College, 2013
  • MA, sociology, University of Connecticut, 2015
  • PhD, sociology, University of Connecticut, 2020


My research focuses on social movements, labor, and organizations, and explores how social movements make change even within inherently slow-to-change institutions. My current project examines changes in the dominant logic guiding U.S. higher education over time and the role of graduate employee unionization in those changes.

I am thrilled to be teaching a first-year seminar in fall 2020 titled, Learning and Labor: College and the Market. In this course we will critically examine colleges and universities as social institutions, workplaces, and “hubs” of economic activity.

We will explore a brief history of higher education in the United States, with a special focus on the history of Oberlin College; the complex and contested role of colleges and universities in local (Oberlin), national (United States), and international contexts; and how to use social scientific knowledge to envision a future for higher education.

My work has appeared in Sociology Compass and Mobilizing Ideas .