• About ME

    I am a PhD student in the Sociology degree program at the University of California, Davis.

    I hold a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Pre-Law Political Science with a minor in Psychology, Cum Laude, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


    My research interests include: family, law, social transformations & processes of change, and mixed methods. In my current research, I use qualitative methods to examine the forms and contents of alternative family structures in the United States.

  • Education

    University of California, Davis

    2020 (Expected)

    PhD Sociology

    University of California, Davis


    M.A. Sociology

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


    B.A. in Political Science (Pre-Law)

    Minor in Psychology

  • "Ideally, we lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world — in short, we become more critical and more capacious in our thinking and our acting."

    Judith Butler

  • Publications & Presentations


    McCarty, Kristin. 2016. The Need For A Sociological Perspective On Polyamory. In R. Den Otter (Ed.), Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities. Lexington Books: 147-166.


    McCarty, Kristin. 2014. Building a Better Soldier: Human Enhancement Technologies in the 21st Century. Paideia 1: 3-24.


    McCarty, Kristin. 2017. "Welcome to the Family: Polyamory and Kinship in the U.S." Paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association's annual conference, Portland, OR, April.


    McCarty, Kristin, Kelsey Carney, and Julie Spencer-Rodgers. 2013. “Americans’ Stereotype Beliefs about ‘Hispanics’ (People from Spanish-Speaking Nations).” Invited talk given at the Biennial Conference of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, Reno, NV, June.


    Crook, Serina, Kristin McCarty, and Julie Spencer-Rodgers. 2013. “Antecedents of Negative Intercultural Communication Emotions.” Poster presented at the regional conference for the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, June.

  • Honors and awards


    2017 Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, UC Davis, ($500)


    2017 Summer Travel & Research Award, Institute for Social Science, UC Davis, ($500)


    2016 Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis, ($600)


    2015 Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis, ($700)


    2013 Pi Sigma Alpha, International Political Science honor society


    2011 Phi Theta Kappa, International honor society of two-year colleges


    2011 Alpha Gamma Sigma, Honor society of California community colleges

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Assistant

    Sociology of Popular Culture (Lower Division; Fall 2014)


    Introduction to Sociology (Lower Division; Winter 2015)


    Introduction to Social Research (Lower Division; Fall 2016)


    Sociology of Family (Upper Division; Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016)


    Sociology of Law (Upper Division; Spring 2016)


    Introduction to Social Research (Lower Division; Fall 2016)


    Introduction to Social Research (Lower Division; Summer 2015)


    Sociology of Family (Upper Division; Winter 2016)


    Self and Society (Lower Division; Summer 2016)


    Race Relations (Upper Division; Summer 2016)


    Sociology of Gender (Upper Division; Summer 2016)

  • Jury and trial consulting

    JH Rothschild Consulting

    Research Assistant

    May 2016 - Present



  • Contact ME

    Please feel free to contact me.

    Sociology Department
    1 Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616