colby-sawyer faculty

Kate Turcotte

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3750 |

Kate joined the Social Sciences and Education department at Colby-Sawyer in 2013. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and teaches Individual and Community, Social Problems, and Race and Ethnic Relations at Colby-Sawyer. She has also led courses in Research Methods, Statistics, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Gender, and Sociology in Film.

Kate's areas of interest include poverty, issues associated with economic and social inequality, and community well-being locally and more broadly. Specifically, she has worked extensively with Alaska native populations and has traveled extensively throughout the Northwest Arctic borough of that state speaking with village residents about individual and community sustainability, health, and well-being. She has also led a student-driven research project on local issues, community health, and coping strategies in the face of personal and community adversity. Moreover, she is excited to bring her enthusiasm for Sociology and community into the Colby-Sawyer classroom. As a native of New Hampshire and longtime resident of the Lake Sunapee region, Kate enjoys working within the community she loves.

Areas of Expertise

  • Arctic Sociology
  • Community
  • Indigenous Populations
  • Poverty and Stratification
  • Race and Ethnicity

Recent Presentations / Publications

  • Turcotte, Catherine. “'Boys aren't taught anything anymore!' The Role of Gender in Subsistence, Work Patterns, and Aspirations among Iñupiat and Yup'ik in Northwest Alaska.” In Survey of Living Conditions in the Arctic – A Comparative Study of Living Conditions among Inuit, Sami, and the Indigenous Peoples of Chokotka and the Kola Peninsula. Ed. Birger Poppel and Jack Kruse. New York: Springer, forthcoming.

  • Turcotte, Catherine. “Anger Management and Processes Mediating the Link between Witnessing Violence and the Perpetration of Violence.” Violence and Victims 25.3 (2010): 18-31.

  • Mattingly, Marybeth and Catherine Turcotte. “Understanding Very High Rates of Young Child Poverty in the South.” Carsey Institute Issue Brief No. 15, University of New Hampshire (2010).

  • Turcotte, Catherine. “Subjective well-being and life satisfaction in Maine communities.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York, NY.

  • Turcotte, Catherine. National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board, presentation at 2013 "Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic" workshop, Anchorage, AK.

  • Turcotte, Catherine. Co-PI, 2011-13 National Science Foundation Maine EPsCOR Research Grant, “Evaluating Interactions Between Wild Turkeys and Maine Agriculture.”

  • Turcotte, Catherine. "Distinct Communities, Unique Experiences: Regional Center-Village Contrasts within Alaska Native Communities.” Presented at the 2012 International Polar Year Conference, Montreal, QC.

  • Turcotte, Catherine. "Communities on the Brink of Change: Stories from Arctic Alaska.” Presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV.

  • Turcotte, Catherine. "The Role of Gender in Native Subsistence and Work Patterns and Aspirations in Northwest Alaska.” Presented at The Seventh Congress of the International Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VII) Akureyri, Iceland.


  • Ph.D., M.A., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Sociology, New England College