• Profile: Dr. Carol J. Auster
Professor of Sociology




Ph.D. Princeton University

M.A. Princeton University

B.A. Colgate University


Issues of gender, work, and leisure.

Grants & Awards

2011-2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for  Distinguished Teaching.

Professor Auster presented the Common Hour lecture "Inspiring Curiosity Over Three Decades: The Impact of Gender and Technology" on March 1, 2012.

Citation for the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and story in the Franklin & Marshall Magazine


Auster, Carol J. 1996. The Sociology of Work: Concepts and Cases. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press (division of Sage), 456 pp.
Auster, Carol J. and Lisa A. Auster-Gussman. 2014. Contemporary Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Greeting Cards: A Reflection of Traditional Ideologies of Motherhood and Fatherhood? Journal of Family Issues.
Auster, Carol J. and Margaret A. Michaud (F&M '12). 2013. The Internet Marketing of Disney Theme Parks: An Analysis of Gender and Race. SAGE Open 3 (January-March): 1–16.
DOI: 10.1177/2158244013476052 
Auster, Carol J. and Claire S. Mansbach (F&M ’12). 2012. The Gender Marketing of Toys: An Analysis of Color and Type of Toy on the Disney Store Website.  Sex Roles 67 (7-8): 375-388.
Auster, Carol J. 2008. The Effect of Cohort on Women's Sport Participation: An Intergenerational Study of Collegiate Women Ice Hockey Players. Journal of Leisure Research 40 (2): 312-337.
Casale, SN, CJ Auster, F Wolf, FY Pei, RB Devereux. 2007. Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status Influences on the Use of Primary Angioplasty in Patients Presenting with Acute Myocardial Infarction. American Heart Journal 154(5): 989-993.
Auster, Carol J.  2003.  Ethics: Higher Education.  Pp. 756-760 in The Encyclopedia of Education, edited by James W. Guthrie. New York: Macmillan Reference.
Auster, Carol J. 2001. Transcending Antecedent Leisure Constraints: The Case of Women Motorcycle Operators.  Journal of Leisure Research 33:272-298.
Auster, Carol J. and Janel Leone (F&M ’96). 2001. Late Adolescents' Perspectives on Marital Rape: The Impact of Gender and Fraternity/Sorority Membership. Adolescence 36: 141-152.
Auster, Carol J. and Susan C. Ohm (F&M ’00). 2000. Masculinity and Femininity in Contemporary American Society: A Reevaluation Using the Bem Sex-Role Inventory. Sex Roles 43 (7/8): 499-528.
Auster, Carol J.  2000. Probability Sampling and Inferential Statistics: An Interactive Exercise Using M&M’s.  Teaching Sociology 28 (4): 379-385.
Knight, Jonathan and Carol J. Auster. 1999. Faculty Conduct: An Empirical Study of Ethical Activism. Journal of Higher Education 70 (March-April): 188-210.
Auster, Carol J. and Mindy MacRone (F&M ‘93). 1994. The Classroom as a Negotiated Social Setting: An Empirical Study of the Effects of Faculty Behavior on Student Participation. Teaching Sociology 22 (October): 289-300.
McClelland, Katherine E. and Carol J. Auster. 1990. Public Platitudes and Hidden Tensions: Racial Climates at Predominantly White Liberal Arts Colleges with Katherine McClelland. Journal of Higher Education 61 (November/December): 607-642.
Book review of Women Who Opt Out: The Debate Over Working Mothers and Work-Family Balance, Bernie D. Jones (ed.), in Gender & Society, 2013, 27 (April): 268-270.
DOI: 10.1177/0891243212470746
Book review of An Introduction to Sociology of Work and Occupations, Rudi Volti, in Teaching Sociology, 2008, 36 (October): 394-306.
Book review of Faculty Misconduct in Collegiate Teaching, John M. Braxton and Alan E. Bayer, in Academe, 2000, 86 (July-August): 64-65.
Book review of Shattering the Myths: Women in Academe, Judith Glazer-Raymo, in Gender and Society, 2000, 14 (October): 707-708.
Book review of The Gay and Lesbian Liberation Movement, Margaret Cruikshank, in Gender and Society, 1993, 7 (December): 616-618.
Book review of Sociology, Rodney Stark, in Teaching Sociology, 1990, 18 (January): 86-88.
Auster, Carol J., ed. 2004. The Sociology of Work and Occupations: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials (5th Edition). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 251 pp.
Auster, Carol J., ed. 2000. The Sociology of Work and Occupations: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials (4th edition). Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 287 pp.
Auster, Carol J., ed. 1997. The Sociology of Work and Occupations: Syllabi and Other Instructional Materials (3rd edition). Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 204 pp.
Auster, Carol J., ed. 1988. Syllabi and Instructional Materials for Social Stratification,. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association Teaching Resources Center, 183 pp.
Auster, Carol J. and Lisa A. Auster-Gussman. 2012. Boys and Girls at Play: How Toys Reflect Society. The New York Times, January 6.
Auster, Carol J.  2007. Fillies' Success Rate the Same. The New York Times, June 17: SP-9.
Auster, Carol J.  1999. Good Biography Needs Subject and Author. The New York Times, September 13: A-22.
Auster, Carol J. 1992. Often-Quoted Divorce Statistics Don't Add Up. The Sunday News, August 2: A-13.
Auster, Carol J. 1990. Studies of Comic Strips Began About 35 Years Ago. The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 26: B5.
Auster, Carol J. 1990. Not Exactly the Typical American Couple. The New York Times, July 22: F-13.
Poston, Larry and Carol J. Auster. 1988. Northwestern University: A Case of Denial of Tenure.  Academe 74 (3): 55-70.

Course Information

Sociology of Gender

iSoc: The Impact of Technology on Identity, Relationships, and Society

Sociology of Work and Occupations

Introductory Sociology

Community & Connectedness