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Virginia Riel

Asst Teaching Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

1911 Bldg 338

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Bio

As an Assistant Teaching Professor, I am lucky to work with students through both teaching and advising. I teach various courses in Sociology and advise students with majors in Sociology or Criminology.

My primary areas of teaching and research are sociology of family, social stratification, and theory. I have taught courses like Current Social Problems, Principles of Sociology, and Social Class. As an advisor, I help students to set goals for academic progress and stay on track with their coursework, but I also encourage them to use the time and resources at NC State to discover new opportunities for personal growth and community involvement.

If you want to learn more, feel free to email me and we will set up a meeting!

Publications

Riel, Virginia. Forthcoming. “Building Expectations and Keeping Customers Happy: How Personnel Recruit and Retain Families in Three Charter Schools.” The Sociological Quarterly. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2020.1817811

Riel, Virginia, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson and Stephen Samuel Smith. “Who Favors Magnets and Who Favors Charters? Political Ideology, Social Purpose Politics, and School Choice in the Upper South.” American Behavioral Scientist. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F00027642211033288

Parcel, Toby L., Shawn Bauldry, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Stephen Samuel Smith, Virginia Riel, and Madison Boden. “Using Opinion Polling Data to Replicate Non-Experimental Quantitative Results Across Time and Space: An Exploration of Attitudes Surrounding Desegregation and Resegregation Policies.” American Behavioral Scientist. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F00027642211033285

Barnes, Carolyn, and Virginia Riel. Forthcoming. “‘I Don’t Know Nothing About That:’ How Learning Costs Undermine COVID-related Efforts to Make SNAP and WIC More Accessible.” Administration & Society.

Riel, Virginia. 2021. “Siting Schools, Choosing Students? Protecting White Habitus Through Charter School Recruitment.” Sociological Forum 36(4):1028-1048.

Riel, Virginia. 2021. “‘We’ve Been Thinking You Were Stupid All This Time:’ Racial Microinsults and Microinvalidations in a Rural Southern High School.” Race Ethnicity and Education 24(2):262-281.

Riel, Virginia. 2020. “‘They Just Hang Out with Their Own:’ Organized Racial Inequality in a Rural Southern High School.” The Journal of Negro Education 89(2):169-180.

Robertson, Will, and Virginia Riel. 2019. “Right to be Educated or Right to Choose? School Choice and its Impact on Education in North Carolina.” Virginia Law Review 105(5):1079-1114.

Riel, Virginia, Toby L. Parcel, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, and Stephen Samuel Smith. 2018. “Do Magnet and Charter Schools Exacerbate or Ameliorate Inequality?” Sociology Compass 12(9):1-15.

Education

B.A. Sociology and American Studies University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.S. Sociology North Carolina State University

Ph.D. Sociology North Carolina State University