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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
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. Her research focuses on obesity, physician-patient communication, racism and racial inequality, prescription drugs and health across the life course. Her teaching emphasizes socio-historial influences on contemporary societies and on interpersonal relations between its members. Harder's teaching encourages full engagement and participation in students' own learning processes.

Professional and Community Activities: Harder is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Society. Her work has been published in outlets including Critical Public Health and Pop Culture Universe .  She 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 has also published numerous entries in the Encyclopedia of Family Studies on issues pertaining to LGBTQI+ communities and families.

She has been 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, food, hygiene and school supply drives, and other efforts to improve issues of hunger and homelessness in Miami Dade County and Hillsborough County.

Honors and Awards: National Science Foundation: SEEDS (Scientists and Engineers Expanding Diversity and Success) ADVANCE Program Summer Funding. 2013
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
American Sociological Association. Panel for Improving Sociology at the Undergraduate and High School Level. Washington DC., MD. 2010
University of Maryland. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Summer Research Initiative Scholar. 2010
National Science Foundation. Scholar Lunch. Summer Research Initiative and Patricia E. White, Ph.D. Arlington, VA. 2010
Sigma Alpha Pi Success Fraternity, University of Tampa. 2009-2011
Active Citizen Award, University of Tampa.
PEACE. 2009-2010
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Town Hall Meeting. Selected as Honorary Presidential Town Hall Attendant. Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. University of Tampa. 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