Ellen Whitehead
Ellen Whitehead
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 217

Ellen Whitehead joined the Department of Sociology at Ball State in 2019 after receiving her PhD from Rice University.

Her research and teaching expertise revolve around family sociology, social inequality, and race and ethnicity. Dr. Whitehead’s research is guided by one overarching question: in an era in which many families are experiencing economic instability, how are families making ends meet? Her current projects explore this question through a focus on kin support, government assistance programs, crowdfunding websites, and informal work. Her research has been supported through grants from the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Aspire Program at Ball State.

Dr. Whitehead believes in bridging the divide between scholarly research, applied sociology, and teaching, and she especially enjoys engaging in research collaborations with students. She currently teaches courses on introductory sociology, family and society, and quantitative data analysis. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and listening to podcasts.


Rice University

Prior Employment

Rice University

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Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Adv Sociological Dat 684 001 1715 - 2000 R NQ, room 041