Light Carruyo

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology

Light Carruyo is Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies.  She received her BA from Oberlin College in Women’s Studies and Sociology and her PhD in Sociology from U.C. Santa Barbara. Her primary areas of research are the gendered and racial dimensions of nation building and economic development. She has carried out research in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and the US. Dr. Carruyo is the author of Producing Knowledge, Protecting Forests: Rural Encounters with Gender, Ecotourism, and International Aid in the Dominican Republic, (Penn State University Press 2008). Her teaching and research interests center around social justice and include race and racism in global context, Latina/os in the Americas, gender and development, globalization, and critical qualitative methods. Professor Carruyo’s course offerings include “Introduction to Sociology,” “Transnational Perspectives on Women and Work,” and “Feminism, Knowledge, Practice.”  She also regularly teaches a First-Year Writing Seminar in the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program.

BA, Oberlin College; MA, PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara
At Vassar since 2002


Blodgett Hall
Box 517
Tuesday 12–1pm; Thursday 3:15–4:15pm


LALS 180 Border(s): Visually Representing Human Rights and Personhood
LALS 321 Feminism, Knowledge, Practice
SOCI 151 Introductory Sociology
SOCI 321 Feminism, Knowledge, Practice
WMST 321 Feminism, Knowledge, Practice


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