- Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2016
Interests and Expertise
- Global sociology
- Social change
Rachel Schroeder is a sociologist of culture, religion, politics and social change. Her current work takes on the significant yet understudied issue of the impact of religious resurgences on minority rights and freedoms in formerly secularized societies, with Russia as her case of interest. Her work in this area has been published in Religion, State, and Society, and she is currently working on a book analyzing a historical series of "culture wars" style clashes in Russia that culminated with the trial and sentencing of two members of the Pussy Riot punk band. Another area of her expertise deals with collective memories of state violence and repressions, with the dynamics of Gulag-memory in contemporary Russia as her main case. Her work in this area was supported by the International Research and Exchanges Board. She holds MA degrees in sociology and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from the University of Michigan, and she received her Ph.D. in sociology from Western Michigan University. She was born and raised in Attica, Michigan and is excited to be serving the students of EMU. In her spare time, she enjoys being a stereotypical cat lady while drinking too much coffee.