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Dr. Danielle Docka-Filipek

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Associate Professor

B.A., Knox College, 2002
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2013

Research and Teaching Interests
Race/class/gender, poverty/public policy, the welfare state, religion and society, sociology of the family, sociology of culture, social movements, and ethnographic/qualitative methods.

Professional Affiliations and Awards

  • UMN Thesis Research Grant, 2007
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Paper Award, 2005
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program Fellowship, 2005
  • American Mosaic Project Research Fellowship, 2004
  • Community of Scholars Summer Research Fellowship, 2003
  • University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship, 2003
  • American Sociological Association, 2003-present
  • Sociologists for Women in Society, 2007-present
  • National Council on Family Relations, 2009-present
  • Midwestern Sociological Society, 2009-present


  • Stryker, Robin, Danielle Docka-Filipek and Pamela Wald. 2012. “Employment Discrimination Law and Industrial Psychology: Social Science as Social Authority and the Co-Production of Law and Science.” Law & Social Inquiry, 37(4).
  • Edgell, Penny and Danielle Docka. 2007. “Beyond the Nuclear Family? Religious Familism and Gender Ideology in Diverse Religious Communities.” Sociological Forum, 22(1): 25-50.

Personal Note to Students
I’m very excited to begin offering courses in the department’s Human and Community Services and Gender and Family Studies concentrations. If you have questions about either, please ask!

/ Contact

p/ 614.823.1837

e/ ddockafilipek@otterbein.edu