colby-sawyer faculty

Kathleen P. Farrell

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3660 |

Joined the faculty in 2009. Honors B.A. in sociology from Trinity College; M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University. Professor Farrell's primary research and teaching interests include gender and sexualities, with an emphasis on inequality studies. In her courses, Professor Farrell focuses on the interdisciplinary and practical implications of sociology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender and Sexualities
  • Inequality Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pedagogy
  • Popular Culture
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Farrell, Kathleen P. “Backstage Politics: Gay TV Professionals and Their Work.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 1.11 (2011): 26-37.

  • Farrell, Kathleen P. (2011). “HIV on TV: Conversations with Young Gay Men.” In J. Humez and G. Dines (Eds.), Gender, Race, and Class in Media, 3rd Edition (pp. 399-408). Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publications.

  • Farrell, Kathleen. “Backstage Politics: Gay TV Professionals and Their Social Change Goals.” Proc. Of 2010 Northeast Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

  • Farrell, Kathleen P. "Backstage Politics: Social Change and the Gay TV Industry." Diss. Syracuse University, 2008.

  • Farrell, Kathleen. “HIV on TV: Conversations with Young Gay Men.” Sexualities 9.2 (2006): 193-213.

  • Kathleen Farrell, Nisha Gupta, and Mary Queen, eds. Interrupting Heteronormativity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pedagogy and Responsible Teaching at Syracuse University. Graduate School of Syracuse University: Distributed by Syracuse University Press, 2004.

  • Farrell, Kathleen P. “LGBTQ Television Environments: How 'Gay TV' Professionals Understand the Value of their Work.." Proc. of 2008 University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies and LGBTQ Studies Spring Conference, Green Bay, Wisc.

  • Farrell, Kathleen P. "Social Change and Television: Education, Politics, and Gay TV." Proc. of 2008 Midwest Sociological Society Annual Conference, St. Louis, Mo.


  • Ph.D., M.A., Sociology, Syracuse University
  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Women's Studies, Syracuse University
  • B.A., Sociology, Trinity College