Meet Brittany Harder
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Phone: (813) 257-3291
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
2011 The University of Tampa, B.A.
2013 The University of Miami, M.A.
2017 The University of Miami, Ph.D.
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Gender Roles
Introduction to Sociology
The Politics of Water: Race, Health and the Environment (Honors Program-interdisciplinary co-created and team-taught course)
Assistant Professor Brittany Harder specializes in the areas of medical sociology, race, ethnicity and immigration, and quantitative and qualitative methods.
In addition to being an assistant professor, Harder is the internship coordinator of the program in applied sociology. She is a medical sociologist who also specializes in race, ethnicity, immigration, and in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Harder’s research explores power, profit and inequality as fundamental features of health and medicine in the United States, to include the social determinants of health, barriers to good health faced by minority sub-populations and the effects of institutional health politics on patients. Her research is published in The Journal of Pediatrics, Qualitative Health Research, Sociological Spectrum, Health, Risk & Society, SSM-Population Health, Critical Public Health, Sage Research Methods and other outlets.
In her courses, students are encouraged to adopt a sociological perspective of historical and contemporary social issues. Through experiential learning opportunities, community-engaged problem solving, and public and applied sociological practice activities, students become knowledgeable on a broad spectrum of information while simultaneously gaining a variety of practical skills. While learning about society, social relations and social issues, students frequently become increasingly aware of themselves and others within a larger social context. Harder’s student-centered, actively engaged teaching philosophy challenges students to rise to the occasion in becoming engaged participants in their own learning processes.
Her community outreach, volunteer activities and activist efforts address the ways intersectional positions come to matter for well-being, life chance opportunities, and both interpersonal and systematic forms of treatment. Both personally and professionally, she is concerned about the health, well-being and treatment of minority populations in addition to systemic discrimination and lived experiences of marginalization. Her community participation and activist efforts aim to raise awareness of people, processes and barriers that both foster and maintain inequality.
Journal’s Best Paper Published, Sociological Spectrum and the Mid-South Sociological Association, 2019
Featured Scholar in Robert Feldman’s P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success McGraw Hill, 2018
Unsung Hero of the Year Award, University of Tampa, Office of Leadership and Engagement, 2017
Nominated Inducted Faculty Member, Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honors Society, 2017
Best Faculty Member Award, University of Tampa, Greek Student Organization, 2016
Finalist for Post-Doctoral Appointment, Harvard School of Medicine and Bioethics, 2016
Nominated Inductee, Sigma Alpha Pi, National Society of Leadership and Success, 2011
Minority Summer Research Initiative Scholar, University of Maryland, 2010
Active Citizen Award, University of Tampa. PEACE Volunteer Center, 2010
Denoff Scholarship for the Social Sciences, Second Place, University of Tampa, 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.
E.L.I.T.E. (Educating Leaders in Today’s Environment) Mentor University of Tampa. Office of Leadership and Engagement. 2008-2011.
E.L.I.T.E. (Educating Leaders in Today’s Environment) Incoming Student. Office of Leadership and Engagement. 2007