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Kathy Stolley

Kathy Stolley

Professor of Sociology


B.A., M.A., Old Dominion University
Ph.D., The George Washington University

Office Location: Roop 6
Phone: 757-233-8768
Department/s: Sociology

Dr. Kathy Stolley received her Ph.D. in Sociology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  Her emphasis is applied sociology - using sociological tools and perspectives to bring about positive social change. Along her journey to Virginia Wesleyan, she worked in a number of positions including: a contractor supporting NATO, an intern and than a social science analyst at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Web master and expert guide of a sociology site, and a Virginia State Police Trooper. Dr. Stolley has published in various professional journals and edited the applied journal, "Social Insight: Knowledge at Work."  She has also published five books: The Basics of Sociology (2005), The Praeger Handbook of Adoption, (2006, two volumes, co-edited with Vern L. Bullough), HIV/AIDS (2009, co-authored with John E. Glass), Medical Tourism:  A Reference Handbook (2012, co-authored with Stephanie Watson), and The Intersection of Star Culture in America and International Medical Tourism: Celebrity Treatment (2016, co-authored with Kathy Merlock Jackson and Lisa Lyon Payne). She was the 2009 recipient of VWC's Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Teaching Award.  In addition to teaching sociology, Dr. Stolley also formerly served as VWC's first Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning.


Jackson, Kathy Merlock, Lisa Lyon Payne, and Kathy Stolley.  2016.  Celebrity Treatment: The Intersection of Star Culture in America and International Medical Tourism.  Lexington Books.

Jackson, Kathy Merlock, Lisa Lyon Payne, and Kathy Shepherd Stolley.  (2013.)  “Celebrity Treatment: The Intersection of Medical Tourism and Star Culture in American Society.”  The Journal of American Culture.  36 (2/June): 124-134.

Stolley, Kathy S. and Stephanie Watson.  2012.  Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio.

Stolley, Kathy S.  2011.  “An On-Campus Homeless Shelter: The Sociological Imagination, Service-Learning, and Applied Sociology.”  Theory in Action.  4 (2/April): 31-46.

Stolley, Kathy.  2011.  "Personal Biography to Social Policy Implications of the Politics Surrounding Women’s Bodies.  A Review of The Politics of Women's Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior,” 3rd ed., edited by Rose Weitz.”  Sex Roles. 65 (7-8): 653-655.  (Invited Review.)

Stolley, Kathy Shepherd.  2011.  “Sheltering, Service-Learning, and Applying Sociology on Campus.”  Sectionon Sociological Practice and Public Sociology Newsletter.  Winter.  American Sociological Association: 3-5.

Stolley, Kathy S.  2010.  “Making an Interest in Adoption Matter.”  Sociologists in Action.  Kathleen Odell Korgen and Jonathan M. White, eds.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage: 235-239.  (Invited item.)

Stolley, Kathy S.  2010.  “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911).”  Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief.  K. Bradley Penuel and Mathew Statler, eds.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference: 692-693.

Stolley, Kathy S. and John E. Glass.  2009.  HIV/AIDS.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Stolley, Kathy.  2008.  “Adoptive Parents.”  Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development.  Vol. 1.  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA: 5-8.

Stolley, Kathy S.,  Diane E. Hotaling, and Felecia Kiser.  2008.  “An On-Campus Homeless Shelter: A Case Study in Applied Sociology and Service-Learning.”  Journal of Applied Social Science. 2 (2/Fall): 29-38.

Stolley, Kathy S.  2008.  “Census.”  International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, William A. Darity, Jr., ed.  Vol. 1, 2nd ed.  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA: 476-477.

Stolley, Kathy S. and Vern L. Bullough, eds.  2006.  The Praeger Handbook of Adoption, 2 volume set. Westport, CT: Praeger.  (Includes authorship of 15 entries and sidebars listed below).

Stolley, Kathy.  2005.  “Is Applied Sociology a New Idea?”  Applied Sociology and Sociological Practice: Questions and Answers page of the Anne Arundel Community College Sociology and Geography Department Web Site.  (Invited item.)

Stolley, Kathy S.  2005.  The Basics of Sociology.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Hauser, William J., Kathryn Feltey, John E. Glass, AnnMarie Scarisbrick-Hauser, Kathy Stolley, and Stephen F. Steele.  2004.  “Through the Looking Glass: An Identity Crisis in Sociology?”  Journal of Applied Sociology/Sociological Practice.  21 (1/Spring)/6 (1/Spring): 51-58.

Stolley, Kathy S.  2002.  “Opium.”  Drugs and Controlled Substances: Information for Students.  Stacey L. Blachford and Kristine Krapp, eds.  Detroit: Gale Group: 363-373.

Stolley, Kathy S.  2001.  Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine.  Kristine Krapp and Jacqueline L.Longe, eds.  Detroit: Gale Group. - Entries on "Cayce Health System," "Diamond Diet," "Iodine," "Iridology," "Osteopathy," “Trichomoniasis,” and “Vaginitis.”

Stolley, Kathy S2000-2001. Sociology at  Regular features (2-4 per month) targeted to online audiences covering basic sociology and application of sociological perspectives to social issues.

Stolley, Kathy Shepherd and Maximiliane Szinovacz.  1997.  "Caregiving Responsibilities and Child Spanking."  Journal of Family Violence. 12 (1/March): 99-112.

Hall, Elaine J. and Kathy Shepherd Stolley.  1997.  “A Historical Analysis of the Presentation of Abortion and Adoption in Marriage and Family Textbooks: 1950-1987.”  Family Relations. 46 (1/January): 73-82.

Applied Sociology
Sociological Practice

On sabbatical during Fall 2016.  Please email for availability.

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SOC237*01 Animals and Society

CJ350*01 Intro to Social Research

SOC350*01 Intro to Social Research

SOC237*02 HNRS: Animals and Society


INST124*01 Srvc Lrning & Iss Civic Engag

PORT124*01 Srvc Lrning & Iss Civic Engag