Dr. Sarah Donley

Associate Professor
205C Brewer Hall
Phone: 256-782-5352
Fax: 256-782-5168


Dr. Donley's Curriculum Vitae

Sarah Donley

Courses Taught

  • SY 301 Researching Society
  • SY 221 Introduction to Sociology
  • SY 222 Honors Introduction to Sociology
  • SY 368 Gender and Society
  • SY 324 Social Stratification
  • SY 356 Social Movements & Activism
  • SY 340 Death & Dying

Academic/Research Interests

Dr. Donley’s research interests include gender and sexuality, work and organizations, culture, death and dying, intersectionality, and research methodology. Her research focuses more specifically on gender beliefs, culture, inequality, and ideology in a variety of contexts including women in nontraditional occupations (funeral directing), death and end of life care, online memorialization, LGBT experiences in the deep south, sexual violence on college campuses, rape myths on social media, and living with HIV/AIDS. Her current research explores the emergence of Death Doulas in end-of-life care and what this means for means for death and dying in the United States.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Donley regularly teaches classes on gender, social stratification, death and dying, and sociological methods. As a teacher, she is interested in connecting sociological ideas to student’s lived experiences as well as demonstrating how sociology can provide students with a more critical and reflexive understanding of the social world. Dr. Donley is passionate about getting students interested and involved in research, specifically by showing students how research can be used to better understand and improve society. Dr. Donley often works with students on research projects and provides opportunities for hands on research experiences in her classes.


  • Kansas State University, PhD, Sociology, 2014
    Dissertation:  The Overtaking of Undertaking:  Feminization and the Changing Gender-type of Funeral Directing

  • Kansas State University, MA, Sociology, 2009
    Thesis:  HIV in the Heartland:  Negotiating Stigma, Disclosure and the HIV+ Community

  • University of Nebraska-Omaha, BA, Sociology, 2006