Carla Corroto

Carla Corroto



Towers Hall 211

Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Professor Carla Corroto earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She teaches community and human service focused courses including Introduction(s) to Social Justice Studies and Sociology, the Sociology of Gender, and Sociology of Family Diversity. Taking advantage of her cross-disciplinary background, Corroto researches the intersection of gender, race, social class and disability in architecture and urban design. She employs critical ethnographic research methods in her qualitative work with attention to narrative structure and social justice outcomes. Corroto is an avid sports fan and is kind to animals.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, The Ohio State University
  • M.Arch, Master of Architecture, The University of Illinois-Chicago
  • B.S., Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Social Justice
  • Race and Gender
  • Social Class
  • Poverty and Wealth
  • Inequality
  • Kindness
  • Publications

  • Corroto, Carla (forthcoming). “Women in the Man-Made City.” On Inequality and Freedom. Lawrence M. Eppard and Henry A. Giroux (eds). London: Oxford University Press. pp.286-299.
  • Corroto, Carla. 2018. "Gender Socialization and Shopping: Data Collection in the Children’s Clothing, Décor, Greeting Cards, and Toy Aisles." TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. Published 11/12/2018.
  • Corroto, Carla & Richardson, Laurel. 2018. “I Have Seen it All. At the Mall,” Qualitative Inquiry. 24(9), pp. 117-133.
  • Corroto, Carla. 2016. “The Path to Permission,” and “Uniform Authority,” in Permission: Innovations and Controversies: Interrogating Educational Change. J. White (ed.) Amsterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 22; 30-33.
  • Corroto, Carla & Havenhand, Lucinda Kaukas. 2015. “Collaborative Auto-ethnography: The Design and Architecture of Disability Studies,” in Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World. R. Berger & L.S. Lorenz (eds.) London: Ashgate Publishers, pp. 109-125.
  • Corroto, Carla. 2015. “At the Threshold: The Myth of Social Justice in the Arts,” in Art. Politics. Education. Journal. Published January 17. doi:
  • Corroto, Carla. 2014. “When You Have a Hammer in Your Hand, Everything Looks Like a Nail: The Architecture of Service.” in the Qualitative Research Journal. (14)2 pp. 103-118.
  • Corroto, Carla. 2013. “When Will Architects Speak Up for Women’s Rights?” in Arch-Daily July 1. [Editors’ choice for best articles of 2013]
  • Corroto, Carla. 2013. “The Architecture of Choice.” Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture. Published July 18.
  • Berger, Ronald, Corroto, Carla, Flad, Jennifer, & Quinney, Richard. 2013. “Navigating the Terrain of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment: Patient Decision Making and Uncertainty.” Studies in Symbolic Interaction. 40(1) pp. 363 – 394.
  • Clarke, Paul Walker, & Corroto, Carla. 2012. “Public and Private Urban Space: A Primer on Demarcations, Transitions, Juxtapositions, and Conflict.” TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. Published 5/22/12. [Among the ten most downloaded articles of 2012]
  • Corroto, Carla. 2012. ”Opting Out of Architecture.” Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture. Published April 11.
  • Corroto, Carla. 2011. “A Postmodern Headache.” Qualitative Inquiry. 17(9), pp. 854-863