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Ashley Woody

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  • Title: Graduate Employee
  • Office: 718 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018: Wednesday 1:00-3:00
  • Affiliated Departments: Ethnic Studies
  • Interests: Racial/Ethnic Relations, Racial Inequality, Colorblind Racism, Qualitative Methods
  • Curriculum Vitae


I am a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Oregon. In 2014 I received a BA in sociology from California State University Long Beach, and in 2017 I received an MS in sociology from the University of Oregon. My current research projects examine mechanisms by which racial inequality are reproduced and maintained in the so-called "post-racial" era. I am particularly interested in how seemingly progressive notions of diversity and multiculturalism are co-opted to reinforce structural inequalities.

My article, “They Want the Spanish but They Don’t Want the Mexicans”: Whiteness and Consumptive Contact in an Oregon Spanish Immersion School" published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity examines the racialized consumptive practices of whites who intentionally seek out engagement with communities of color. I introduce the concept of consumptive contact: a form of interracial contact predicated upon whites’ perceptions about economic and cultural benefits they will acquire through exposure to nonwhites.

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