Carolyn Liebler

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Sociology Department .
1135 Social Sci Bldg

267 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2001.
  • M.S: Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1996 .
  • BA: Sociology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1993.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Social Demography
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of the Family and Life Course
  • Social Support
Courses Taught
  • Soc 4699W - Capstone Seminar
  • Soc 8011 - Teaching Sociology
  • Soc 3801 - Sociological Research Methods
  • Soc 1905 - Whites, Whiteness, and Racism
  • Soc 4821 - Measuring the Social World: Concepts and Analysis
  • Soc 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Identities among Mixed-Race People: Investigating ways in which mixed-race reports and multiracial identities and the relationship between them are affected by local racial context and personal connections to race groups or homelands.


  • Prof. Liebler is fascinated by the translation of individuals’ racial identities into their answers to standardized questions about race, as well as the ways in which these answers are grouped to form the statistics used by social scientists, a process complicated by dynamic identities, questionnaire wording, and place-specific social history. In collaborations with Census Bureau researchers and using linked census data, she has recently shown that substantially more Americans have fluid responses to questions about race than was previously thought. A deeper look at response fluidity among American Indians shows distinctions between those who fluctuate between a single-race and multiple-race American Indian response and those who add or drop American Indian responses entirely