Sociology Program

Dr. Jill Bouma

Chair of the Sociology Program;
Associate Professor of Sociology

At Berea College since 1999

Contact Information

Frost Building, 213
CPO 1727
Phone: (859) 985-3812

Spring 2017

Office Hours

1:30-2:30 M-F

Class Schedule

      • SOC 215 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:40 am – 11:50 am)
      • SOC 436 (Tue/Thur: 10:00 am – 11:50 am)


  • B.A., Emory University, 1985
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999


Jill Bouma, Associate Professor of Sociology, received her BA in Mathematics from Emory University in 1985, her MA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. She has done additional study in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, and St. Andrews University, Scotland. She has also taught Math in Gabon, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1986-88), and English in the Wuhan Foreign Language School, in the People’s Republic of China (1995-97).Dr. Bouma’s fields of study include demography, gender, social stratification, work, and education. Her most recent research has been on gender and the allocation of household labor in rural China and on educational and economic roles of Chinese children. In addition to these areas of interest she teaches courses in sociological research methods and introductory sociology, as well as contributing to the college General Studies program with a course Stories, where she and a group of Freshmen read and discuss literature, and the U.S. Traditions course. She joined the Department of Sociology in 1999. She says the opportunity to belong to an academic community that honors teaching and at the same time promotes social justice was what brought her to Berea College at this stage of a career that is both American and international.


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