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Jacqulyn Gabriel

Jacqulyn Gabriel

Assistant Professor of Sociology


Ph.D., Colorado State University, Sociology & Certificate of International Political Economy, 2016 M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, Sociology, 2004 B.A., University of Iowa, Sociology, 1997


How did you discover Western?

Desire to teach at a liberal arts college in a mountain community. I grew up in a small community in rural Iowa, and Gunnison offers a similar sense of community, but with mountains. Upon graduating from Colorado State University, I wanted to stay in Colorado, and Western Colorado University offered an opportunity to do so.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

  • 2017 Constance Coiner Award for Best Dissertation, Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)
  • 2016 Young Scholars and Activists Initiative Award, Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)
  • 2014 New Generation Award, United Association of Labor Educators (UALE)
  • Having my research featured by National Public Radio’s “This American Life: Our Town” (Broadcast No. 632)

What most excites you about your field?

The continuous opportunity to explore our ever-changing world. The discipline of Sociology allows me to explore a multitude of social phenomena from a number of different perspectives. It never gets old.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

The community and the outdoors.

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