Lara Foley - Faculty & Adjuncts

Lara Foley, PhD

Lara Foley, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-2050 Allen Chapman Student Union Room 233H


PhD – University of Florida MA – University of Georgia AB – University of Georgia


Lara Foley directs the Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning.

Research Interests

Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Medicine
Narrative Inquiry
Occupational Identities

Teaching Interests

Global Challenges
Sustainability and Urban Development
Global Health



  • Crawley , S., L. Foley, and C. Shehan. Gendering Bodies. 2008.

Journal Articles

  • Murphy-Geiss , G., and L. Foley. Believe in Birth: Midwifery As an Established Sect. Vol. 13, Community, Work and Family, 2010, pp. 101-22.
  • Foley , L. Midwives, Marginality and Public Identity. Vol. 28, Symbolic Interaction, 2005, pp. 183-0.
  • Donnelly , D., K. Cook, D. VanAusdale, and L. Foley. White, Privilege, Color Blindness and Services to Battered Women. Vol. 11, Violence Against Women, 2005, pp. 6-37.
  • Broad , K., S. Crawley, and L. Foley. Doing Family Values: Social Movement Framing, Discourse, and Interpretive Practice. Vol. 35, Sociological Quarterly, 2004, pp. 509-27.
  • Foley , L., and C. Faircloth. Medicine As a Discursive Resource: Legitimation in the Work Narratives of Midwives. Vol. 2, Sociology of Health and Illness, 2003.
  • Eileen , O., and L. Foley. A Dating Game: An Exercise Illustrating Homogamy in Mate Selection. Vol. 27, Teaching Sociology, 1999, pp. 145-9.
  • Foley , L. A Research Note on Post-Dating Relationships: The Social Embeddedness of Redefining Romantic Couplings. Vol. 4, Sociological Perspectives, 1998, pp. 209-1.

Book Chapters

  • Marvasti , A., L. Foley, and A. Delammermore. “Narrative Inquiry: Stories and Storytellers of Social Problems”. Researching Social Problems, 2019.
  • Foley , L. “How Occupational Identity Constructs Clienthood in Sexual Assault Exams”. Turning Troubles into Problems: Clientization in Human Services, 2013.
  • Crawley , S., and L. Foley. “Creating a World of Dichotomy: Categorizing Sex and Gendering Cultural Messages”. Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality, Sage, 2013.
  • Foley , L. “Constructing the Respondent”. Handbook of Interview Research, 2012.
  • Foley , L. “How I Became a Midwife: Identity, Biographical Work, and Legitimation in Midwives’ Work Narratives”. Gender Perspectives on Health and Medicine: Reproduction and Sexuality, Vol. 8, Elsevier JAI Press, 2004, pp. 87-128.
  • Foley , L., and C. Faircloth. “The Parenting Self: Narrative Resources and Identity Work in Parent’s Stories”. Perspectives on Social Problems, Vol. 12, JAI Press, 2000, pp. 235-54.


  • Davis , J., and L. Foley. Themes and Dreams.

Book Reviews

  • Foley , L. Pregnancy in Practice: Expectations and Experience in the Contemporary US by Sallie Han. Vol. 28, Gender and Society, 2014, pp. 639-41.
  • Foley , L. Rape Work: Victims, Gender, and Emotion in Organization and Community Context by Patricia Yancey Martin. Vol. 21, Gender and Society, 2006, pp. 295-6.
  • Foley , L. Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experience by Laura Carpenter. Vol. 68, Gender and Society, 2006, pp. 772-3.
  • Foley , L. Emotional Trials: The Moral Dilemmas of Women Criminal Defense Attorneys by Cynthia Siesmen. Vol. 19, Gender and Society, 2005, pp. 568-9.

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Sociology
  • The Liberal Arts and Real Life
  • Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine
  • Global Challenges
  • Global Scholars Special Projects
  • Historical & Social Topics
  • Crime, Justice, and Social Order
  • Special Topics
  • Sustainability and Urban Development

Awards & Honors

  • Achievers Under 40
  • Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40
  • Finalist for the Paul Simon Spotlight Award