Lara Foley

Lara Foley

Associate Professor of Sociology Chapman Hall 210

Lara Foley oversees the university's study abroad and exchange programs, education abroad policies, and the integration of education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum. She also directs the TU Global Scholars program. For the Global Scholars program, Dr. Foley co-teaches "Global Challenges" and a summer study abroad course in Berlin and Budapest titled "Sustainability and Urban Development." She previously co-directed a study abroad course in Ghana titled "Responding to Interpersonal, Intercultural and Historical Violence." Dr. Foley's research has been in the areas of gender, medicine and law. She is the co-author of Gendering Bodies published by Rowman and Littlefield. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Florida.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • 2001 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Florida
  • 2001 Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies and Gender Research, University of Florida
  • 1996 M.A., Sociology, Georgia State University
  • 1994 A.B., Psychology, University of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

  • Sociologist for Women in Society
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems

Courses Taught at TU

  • Sociological Imagination (Soc 1013)
  • Crime Justic and Social Order (Soc 2123)
  • Sociology of Deviance (Soc 3243)
  • Sociology of Health Illness and Medicine (Soc 3703)
  • Sociology of Law (Soc 4013)
  • Special Topics Sociology of Bodies (Soc 4863)

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Tulsa, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Mentor Award, 2008
  • Achievers Under 40, The Journal Record, 2008


  • Constructing the Respondent
    pp. 305-315 in J.F. Gubrium and J.A. Holstein (eds.), Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method 2nd edition. (2012)
  • Gendering Bodies
    Crawley, Sara, Lara Foley and Constance Shehan. 2008. Gendering Bodies. New York: Rowman and Littlefield
  • Midwives, Marginality, and Public Identity
    Foley, Lara. 2005. “Midwives, Marginality, and Public Identity.” Symbolic Interaction 28(2):183-203
  • White Privilege, Color Blindness, and Services to Battered Women
    Donnelly, Denise, Kimberly J. Cook, Debra VanAusdale, and Lara Foley. 2005. "White Privilege, Color Blindness, and Services to Battered Women." Violence Against Women 11(1):6-37
  • Doing Family Values
    Broad, Kendal, Sara Crawley and Lara Foley. 2004. “Doing Family Values: Social Movement Framing, Discourse, and Interpretive Practice.” Sociological Quarterly 45(3):509-527
  • How I Became a Midwife
    Foley, Lara. 2004. “How I Became a Midwife: Identity, Biographical Work, and Legitimation in Midwives’ Work Narratives.” Pp. 87-128, in M.T. Segal, V. Demos, and J. J. Kronenfeld (eds.), Gender Perspectives on Health and Medicine: Reproduction and Sexuality. Advances in Gender Research volume 8. San Diego, CA: Elsevier JAI Press
  • Medicine as a Discursive Resource
    Foley, Lara and Chris Faircloth. 2003. "Medicine as a Discursive Resource: Legitimation in the Work Narratives of Midwives." Sociology of Health and Illness. 25(2):165-184