Department of Sociology
University of Memphis
Clement Hall, Room 225
Memphis TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-2611
Fax: (901) 678-2525
Carol Rambo is Associate Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from the University
of Florida in 1993. Her past research interests have included exotic dancing, childhood
sexual abuse, incest, and mentally disabled parenting. Her articles on these topics
have appeared in journals such as Symbolic Interaction, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Aging Studies, and Mental Retardation. From 2008-2011 she served as the editor for the journal Symbolic Interaction.
Dr. Rambo has taught courses at the undergraduate level such as Sociology of Deviant
Behavior, Individual and Society, Social Problems, and Contemporary Sociological Theory.
At the graduate level she has taught Sociological Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods,
Theories of Deviant Behavior and Theory Seminar.
The common theme running through her current research is a social psychological interest
in the role of narrative and institutionalized discourses in shaping and defining
the self. These storylines, in turn, serve to dialogically support or redefine existing
macro-institutions, which can both enable and constrain one’s life chances. She has
a dual interest in both Auto-ethnography and Life History Interviewing as methodologies.
Graduates of the Master’s program have published with her on various topics including:
racial ambiguity, self-injury, white-supremacist hate music, obesity, exotic dancing,
and the martial arts. Her current research interests include trauma and student teacher