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Cheryl Najarian-Souza

Cheryl G. Najarian-Souza, Ph.D.Associate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4302
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
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Research Interests

Interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to women and work; Gender studies; Qualitative research methods; Sociology of disability.


Cheryl Najarian-Souza published her article, "'I Play Golf With My Kids, Not My Colleagues:' Politicians, Parenting, and Unpaid Work as a Choice?" in the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare in December 2017. She presented her peer-reviewed paper, "Narrative Constructions of Helen Keller: Where are we now and where do we go from here?" in August 2017, at the Society for The Study of Social Problems 67th Annual Meetings in Montreal, Quebec Canada in a Thematic Session entitled, "Narratives of Interdependence". Her peer-reviewed paper, "Reframing the Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan: Resisting (Dis)ability Stereotypes through an Analysis of Children’s Literature", was accepted by The Society for the Study of Social Problems 68th Annual Meetings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a session entitled, "Institutional Social Controls of Health and Disability". She will present this paper at the conference in August 2018.

Selected Publications

  • Souza, C.G. (2010) "Deaf Mothers: Communication, Activism, and the Family", Disability Studies Quarterly 30:3 pp. 9-9
  • Souza, C.G. (2010) "Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture", Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 37:3 pp. 202-204
  • Souza, C.G. (2010) "Review of 'Longing and belonging: Parents, children, and consumer culture'", Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 37:3 pp. 202-204
  • Souza, C.G. (2008) "Deaf Women: Educational Experiences and Self-Identity", Disability & Society 23:2 pp. 117-128
  • Souza, C.G. (2007) "Deaf Women's Work Experiences: Negotiating Gender, Ability, and Theories of Resistance", Research in Social Science & Disability 5: pp. 231
  • Souza, C.G. (2007) "Not-So-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care", Humanity & Society 31:2 pp. 291
  • Souza, C.G. (2006) "Deaf Mothers, Maternal Thinking and Intersections of Gender and Ability", Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 8:2 pp. 99-119