Abby Templer Rodrigues

Abby Templer Rodrigues


B.A., Missouri State University

M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4193
Campus Post Office Box 2

Anthropology and Sociology: Visiting Assistant Professor

Special Interest:

Economic Sociology; Community-Based Research; Creative Economy; Work and Occupations; Public Sociology; Race, Class and Gender; and Feminist Research Methods.

Through the use of community-based research, Templer Rodrigues’ work explores the economic lives of artists and artisans in rural Massachusetts. She finds that artistic economic activity spans both the formal and informal economy and derives from a wide range of non-market logics. Within the already precarious economic situations of artists, she finds that conventional, market-based initiatives to support the creative economy intensify vulnerability for artists from marginalized groups.

Prior to joining Lycoming College, Abby Templer Rodrigues served as an instructor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, while pursuing her Master of Arts and doctorate. During this time, she contributed to publications and policy reports, received three academic awards, and secured two fellowships and a grant for her research efforts. She has also served as a panelist for and given presentations at multiple conferences around the country, focusing on a range of topics including cultural diversity, community-based research, creative economy and work-life balance.

Templer Rodrigues earned her doctorate in sociology with a graduate certificate in advanced feminist studies, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a master’s in sociology from the same institution. Her bachelor’s degree in sociology is from Missouri State University, Springfield, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Professional Affiliations:

American Sociological Association

Community Economies Collective

Diversity Scholars Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan

Society for the Study of Social Problems