Dr. Meghan Ashlin Rich, Ph.D.

Sociology/Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies

Dr. Meghan Ashlin Rich has been teaching in the University of Scranton’s Sociology/Criminal Justice Department since Fall 2007. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park (1997), a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (1999), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware (2008). Before coming to the University of Scranton, she taught courses at University of Delaware, College of Notre Dame, Maryland, and Towson University. 

Dr. Rich teaches many different classes in Sociology and Women’s Studies, including: Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Stratification, Sociological Theory, Introductory Sociology, Urban Sociology, and Sociology of Globalization. She also serves as an active committee member of the Women’s Studies Program in the Latin American and Women’s Studies Department and within professional organizations, such as the Eastern Sociological Society and Society for the Study of Social Problems.   

Dr. Rich’s research involves studying race, class, and social change in urban neighborhoods. She is particularly interested in how cities use arts and culture-based strategies to renew blighted areas. She has completed ethnographic studies of neighborhoods in Scranton and Baltimore and has published research in Sociological Forum, Sociological Spectrum, and Journal of Urban Affairs. Her last study was a qualitative investigation into the effects that a state-designated Arts & Entertainment District has on the revitalization of a central-city Baltimore neighborhood and the neighborhood’s residents.