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Brittany M. Harder

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Brittany M. Harder

Meet Brittany M. Harder

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Education: 2011 The University of Tampa, B.A.
2013 The University of Miami, M.A.
2017 The University of Miami, Ph.D.


Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology
Medical Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Gender
Marriage and Families

Career Specialties: Brittany M. Harder specializes in the sociology of health and illness and in race, ethnicity and immigration studies. Harder's research employs a wide array of quantitative and qualitative methods to address issues of obesity, prescription drugs and minority health/well-being. Harder's approach to teaching is student-centered, which encourages students’ full engagement in their own learning processes. This includes several pedagogical techniques based in experiential learning and cultural-competency that Harder finds most effective in fostering an inclusive, reflexive, challenging and productive learning environment.

Professional and Community Activities: Harder is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Society. Harder's work has been published in outlets including Sociological Spectrum, Social Science and Medicine-Population Health , and Critical Public Health . Harder has worked on a National Science Foundation funded interdisciplinary team whose aim was to increase the diversity in, and satisfaction of gender and racial minorities in STEM fields. Harder currently works on an interdisciplinary team of colleagues at the University of Central Florida and the University of Minnesota examining the differences between cisgender and transgender/gender-non conforming youth in their utilization of health services; and to better understand how gender identity, intersected with other social statuses like race and class, influence youth’s access to care.

Harder is actively involved in the community through several activities including employment with the Human Rights Campaign, volunteer work with the Obama Campaign, HOPE Children’s Home, The Boys & Girls Club, Color of Change, Florida Institute for Community Studies, food, hygiene, and school supply drives, and other efforts to improve issues of hunger and homelessness in Miami Dade County and Hillsborough County. Harder's community participation and activist efforts aim to raise awareness of people, processes and barriers that foster inequality.

Honors and Awards: *Featured Student of Success in Robert Feldman’s P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life 2018.
*Unsung Hero of the Year Award, University of Tampa, 2017
*Best Faculty Member Award, Student Organization, University of Tampa, 2016
*Finalist for Post-Doctoral Appointment, Harvard School of Medicine and Bioethics, 2016
*Dissertation Research Award, Department of Sociology, University of Miami, 2016.
*National Science Foundation: SEEDS ADVANCE Program Research Assistantship, Summer Funding *Award, Program Research Travel Funds, and Program Workshop Funds, 2013-2014.
*Graduate Student Research Grants, Department of Sociology, University of Miami, 2015, 2016
*Minority Summer Research Initiative Scholar, University of Maryland. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 2010
*Sigma Alpha Pi Success Fraternity, University of Tampa. 2009-2011
*Active Citizen Award, University of Tampa. PEACE. 2009-2010
*Denoff Scholarship for the Social Sciences, Second Place, University of Tampa. Department of Sociology, 2010
*Senior Spartan Award Nominee, University of Tampa. Office of Leadership and Engagement. 2011
*President Leadership Fellows Mentor, University of Tampa. Office of Leadership and Engagement. 2008-2011