Kylie Parrotta

Kylie Parrotta, Cal Poly
Kylie Parrotta


Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminology

Research Interests

  • Social Psychology of Organizational Change
  • Race and Gender Disparities in Sentencing
  • Identity Work and Stigma Management
  • 21st Century Policing
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Sociology of STEM
  • Mixed-Methods

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About Kylie Parrotta

Dr. Kylie Parrotta earned her doctorate in Sociology from North Carolina State University and she is currently an associate professor in Sociology & Criminology at California Polytechnic State University. Her broad teaching and research interests are inequality (race, class, gender, and sexuality), social psychology, and deviance and criminology. Her research on sentencing disparities, roller derby, welfare-to work program managers, and scholarship on teaching and learning has been published in Advances in Group Processes, Criminal Justice Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Sociological Perspectives, and Teaching Sociology. She is currently working on projects exploring the role of identity in the negotiation of organizational change, on trauma informed education practices, and 21st century policing.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, North Carolina State University
  • M.S. in Sociology, North Carolina State University
  • B.A. in Psychology, North Carolina State University

Courses Taught

  • SOC 110: Comparative Societies
  • SOC 310: Self, Organizations & Society
  • SOC 311: Sociology of Gender & Sexualities
  • SOC 402: Crime & Violence
  • SOC 412: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Selected Publications

  • Parker, Laurin and Kylie Parrotta. 2020. “Gender Differences in Programmatic Needs for Juveniles in Detention Programs” In K. Middlemass and C.J. Smiley (Eds.), Prisoner Reentry in the 21st Century: Critical Perspectives of Returning Home. (pp190-202). NYC: Routledge.
  • Hans, Krystal and Kylie Parrotta. 2019. “Building Trust & Legitimacy between Police and Students through Experiential Learning: Forensic Science & Investigation Day.” Department of Justice. Community Oriented Policing Services: Dispatch. 12(2):
  • Schwalbe, Michael, Tricia McTague, and Kylie Parrotta. 2016. “Identity Contests and the Negotiation of Organizational Change,” in Shane R. Thye, Edward J. Lawler (ed.) Advances in Group Processes 33:57-92.
  • Bloch, Katrina, Rodney Engen, and Kylie Parrotta. 2014. “The Intersection of Race and Gender: An Examination of Sentencing Outcomes in North Carolina.” Criminal Justice Studies 27(4):419-438.
  • Buck, Alison and Kylie Parrotta. 2014. “Students Teach Sex Ed: Introducing Alternative Conceptions of Sexuality.” Sex Education 14(1):67-80.
  • Gathings, M.J. and Kylie Parrotta. 2013. “The Use of Gendered Narratives in the Courtroom: Constructing an Identity Worthy of Leniency.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 42(6):668-689.
  • Buck, Alison and Kylie Parrotta. 2013. “Making Marx Accessible: Understanding Alienated Labor through Experiential Learning.” Teaching Sociology 41(4):360-369.
  • Seale, Elizabeth, Alison Buck, and Kylie Parrotta. 2012. “Who's to Blame? The Identity Talk of Welfare-to-Work Program Managers.” Sociological Perspectives 55(3):501-527.
  • Parrotta, Kylie and Sarah Rusche. 2011. “Extra Terrestrials and Generic Social Processes: Minimizing Resistance in Teaching the Reproduction of Inequality.” Teaching Sociology 39(3):320-328.
  • Parrotta, Kylie and Gretchen Thompson. 2011. “Sociology of the Prison Classroom: Marginalized Identities and Sociological Imaginations Behind Bars.” Teaching Sociology 39(2):165-178.

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