• About ME

    I am a PhD candidate 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, with honors, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In my dissertation research, I use qualitative methods to examine how law and legal consciousness impact the forms and contents of alternative family structures in the United States.


    My research interests include:

    • Family, kinship, and marriage
    • Law
    • Legal consciousness
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Social control
    • Social change
    • Mixed methods
    • Feminist methods
  • 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. “Unintentional Hierarchies: Polyamorists and the Families They Choose.” Submitted Manuscript.


    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.

  • Grants, honors, and awards

    2018 – 2019 Graduate Writing Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum, UC Davis


    2018 Graduate Program Fellowship, Department of Sociology, UC Davis


    2018 Small Grant for Research, Department of Sociology, UC Davis


    2017 Leon Mayhew Award for Best Qualifying Paper, Department of Sociology, UC Davis


    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)

  • Teaching Experience

    Associate Instructor

    SOC 131: The Family

    SOC 135: Social Relationships

    Teaching Assistant

    SOC25: Sociology of Popular Culture

    SOC1: Introduction to Sociology

    SOC46A: Introduction to Social Research

    SOC131: The Family

    SOC155: Sociology of Law

    SOC135: Social Relationships

    Graduate Reader

    SOC46A: Introduction to Social Research

    SOC 131: Sociology of Family

    SOC 2: Self and Society

    SOC130: Race Relations

    SOC 132: Sociology of Gender

  • Contact ME

    Please feel free to contact me.

    Sociology Department
    1 Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616