Graduate Student Directory
Department of Sociology
University of South Carolina
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Natalie Castañeda graduated with her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (2010) and her MA in Sociology from The University of Houston (2013). Natalie's Master's thesis was entitled "Gender and Minority Representation in Academy Award Winning Films." She conducted a content analysis on the Academy Award winning films for the years 2000-2012, totaling 35. She analyzed character interactions as a way of determining to what extent interpersonal relationships, caring roles, and sexual and romantic interests are used to develop male and female and racial/ethnic minority characters utilizing theories such as symbolic annihilation and social identity theory. In the interim (2014-2015) Natalie worked in the nonprofit sector in Houston, TX. Natalie's main research interests are greatly focused on Social Psychology as well as gender and racial/ethnic inequality. Natalie's past original research has included gender and minority representation in films, rape and sexual assault, body image, eating disorders, and social isolation. In her free time Natalie loves soccer, dogs, coffee, movies, musicals, comedy, books, science fiction, and fantasy.