Female professor stops at students desk to discuss his work.

Laura W. Steck, Ph.D.


  • B.A., Sociology/Religious Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1996)
  • M.A., Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1998)
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Connecticut (2004)
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Sociology (2006)


  • Coordinator, Sociology/Behavioral Sciences


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Gender and Society
  • Ethnic and Minority Relations
  • Sociology of Families
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

Research Interests

  • College Students with Children
  • Experiential Learning
  • Institutional Ethnography
  • Motherhood Ideology and Infant Feeding Practices
  • Poverty in the United States

Recent Publications

  • Steck, Laura West, Jennifer Engler, Mary Ligon, Perri Druen, and Erin Cosgrove. 2011. “Doing Poverty: Learning Outcomes among Students Participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation Program.” Teaching Sociology. 39(3).
  • Verrecchia, P.J. and Laura West Steck. Forthcoming. “Words Mean Things: The Social Construction of Reality and Restorative Justice.“In J. Charlton, P. Verrecchia, and D. Polizzi (Eds.) International Perspectives on Restorative Justice in Education. Ontario, Canada: Centre for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice, and Community Safety.