cropped-Celine-Marie-Pascale-140620b-1-270x270Professor Celine – Marie Pascale is a leading scholar in the field of language and society.  Her research examines how language and representation are used to create and normalize systemic inequalities.  Pascale’s scholarship on the relationship between systems of signification and social/economic inequalities has been acknowledged with national and international awards for uniquely important contributions to the field. She is currently writing a book entitled, The Struggling Class: Dignity, Danger & Hope.

Polls in 2018 reported that between 65% and 80% of the U.S. population was living paycheck to paycheck. What does daily life look like for people who have trouble making ends meet every month, even when they work more than 40 hours a week?  What counts as ordinary in the lives of people who live with constant, economic vulnerability?  I decided to take a year to travel the country and hear their stories. I listened to people in Appalachia from eastern Ohio to the coal fields of Kentucky and Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. I listened to people living on the Standing Rock Reservation that spans North and South Dakota, and to people living on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. And, I listened to people in the bustling city of Oakland, California. I talked with over a hundred people and did in-depth recorded interviews with 24. People’s lives unfolded in ways that seem both ordinary and heroic.

Professor Pascale’s first book, Making Sense of Race, Gender and Class: Commonsense, Power and Privilege in the United States (Routledge, 2007) received the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class.


Dr. Pascale in Yokohama, Japan, to present her research on media coverage of the Fukushima Daichi nuclear disaster.

Her second book,  Cartographies of Knowledge: Exploring Qualitative Inquiry (Sage, 2011) received the Distinguished Book Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Her most recent book Social Inequality & The Politics of Representation: A Global Landscape (Sage, 2013) features scholarship from five continents and has been acclaimed as a field-defining collection of international scholarship.

Pascale’s expertise and scholarship have been featured by media including national outlets such as the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR), Channel 7/ABC News, Channel 9 Local News, Associated Press, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Counterspin, Fairness and Accuracy in the Media (FAIR), and Metro Networks. Her research has also been featured international media including International Business Times of Australia, La Nación (Argentina), and France 2—France Televisions.

Professor Pascale has served as a consultant and educator for the National Children’s Defense Fund, City Policy Associates for the Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Report, and the Center for Social Media and the New Media Literary Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The International Sociology Association’s Flagship journal, Current Sociology, recognized Pascale’s scholarship with a feature on her scholarship in 2017.


Dr. Pascale in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the XVII ISA World Congress.

She was elected president of the International Sociology Association Research Committee 25, Language & Society (2010-2014), to the executive board of the American Sociology Association section on Race, Class & Gender (2005-2008) and serves as an invited editorial board member and reviewer for multiple academic presses and scholarly journals.

Celine-Marie Pascale earned her doctorate in Sociology with a certificate in Feminist Studies (then, Women’s Studies) in December 2001 from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She served as a University of California Faculty Fellow until 2003, when she accepted a position on the faculty of American University.  At American University, Celine-Marie earned tenure in 2009 and early promotion to full professor in 2013. She served three years as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Arts & Sciences, 2014-2017. In 2017-2018 she was on sabbatical leave from the university while to conduct research on her forthcoming book on race and class.