Curriculum Vitae

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2015 – 2020  Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Texas
  Dissertation (in progress): The Role of Native American Youth in Fostering Community Resilience, under Prof. Gary Webb

Concentrations: Emergency Management & Disaster Science; Global & Comparative Sociology

2011 – 2013 M.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University
  Thesis: “I Want My Kids To Have Great Sex”: A Qualitative Inquiry Into Conservative Christian Homes, under Prof. Patricia Maloney
  Graduate Minor: Political Science
2004 – 2007 B.A., Sociology, Texas Tech University
  Thesis: Rape Myth Acceptance in Modern America, under Prof. Julie Harms Cannon


Published Manuscripts

Dent, Lauren, Patricia Maloney and Tanja Karp. 2018. “Self-Efficacy Development among Students Enrolled in an Engineering Service-Learning Section” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering. 13(2): 25-44. (Download PDF here)

Dent, Lauren and Patricia Maloney. 2017. “Evangelical Christian parents’ attitudes towards abstinence-based sex education: ‘I want my kids to have great sex!’” Sex Education. 17(2): 149-164. (View on Publisher Website)

Maloney, Patricia, Lauren Dent and Tanja Karp. 2013. “A New Method of Assessing the Effects of a Service-Learning Class on Engineering Undergraduate Students.” International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering. Special Issue (Opportunities and Barriers to Integrating Service Learning into Engineering Education): 29-47. (Download PDF here)

Under Revision

Dent, Lauren. “African Governance as a Determinant for International Emergency Response Aid.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters.

Academic Appointments

University of Texas at Arlington

Aug 2020 – Present Adjunct Assistant Professor 

University of North Texas

Aug 2015 – Present Robert B. Toulouse Graduate Fellow
Aug 2017 – Present Teaching Fellow, Department of Sociology
May 2017 – Present Research Assistant, Emergency Management & Disaster Science
May 2017 – Aug 2017 Research Assistant, Geography

Texas Tech University

Aug 2014 – Aug 2015 Instructor, Raider Ready Freshman Seminar
Aug 2013 – Aug 2015 Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science
May 2013 – Aug 2013 Academic Advisor, University Advising
Jan 2011 – May 2013 Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology

Teaching and Research Interests

Sociology of disasters and emergency management; Indigenous peoples and Native Nations; Global stratification and development; Marriage and family; Higher education; Quantitative/qualitative methods and research design; Sociological theory.

Recent Teaching Experience

Courses Developed and Taught independently (face-to-face):

UNT, Sociology Capstone (SOCI 4990), Spring 2020

UNT, Qualitative Sociological Methods (SOCI 3240), Fall 2019

UNT, Sociology of Disasters (SOCI 3560), Fall 2018, 2019

UNT, Developing Societies (SOCI 4160), Spring 2019

UNT, Marriage and Family (SOCI 3000), Spring 2018

Texas Tech University, Raider Ready: Freshman Seminar (IS1100), Fall 2014 & 2015

Online Instruction

UTA, Introduction to Popular Culture (SOCI 1510), Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

UNT, Sociological Theory (SOCI 3200), Fall 2018 & Spring 2019, 2020

UNT, Sociology of Disasters (SOCI 3560), Fall 2017

UNT, Marriage and Family (SOCI 3000), Summer 2019