Lauren L. Rauscher, Ph.D.
Director, Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program (Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program)
Associate Professor of Sociology (Social Sciences)
412-397-5916 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 418

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Emory University, 2006
  • Master of Arts, Sociology, The University of Memphis, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, The University of Memphis, 1993
  • Leadership Development, HERS Leadership Institute, Bryn Mawr, 2017

Professional Background

  • 2017 : American Association of University Women, Campus Action Project Grant, Overcoming Statistics: Empowering Women in Actuarial Science. Co-authors Alyssa Sheehan and Heather Elfen, PhD.
  • 2015, 2017 : PNC Charitable Trusts Grant, Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program, Robert Morris University. Co-authors Heather Franz and Cacie Cunningham.
  • 2017: Diversity and Inclusion Visionary Award, Women's Leadership Institute. Robert Morris University. Co-author Elisa Foster.
  • 2016 : Distinguished Achievement Award for Service (University-wide), Robert Morris University
  • 2013 : Distinguished Faculty Advising Award (University-wide), California State University, Long Beach
  • 2010: Annual Advancement of Women Award, President's Commission on the Status of Women, California State University, Long Beach

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Gender; Race and Ethnicity; Intersectionality; Sport, Health and the Body


  • Rauscher, L. & Cooky, C. (in press). Sociological Dimensions of Sport and Physical Activity of Girls. In LaVoi, N. (Editor).  2017 Tucker Center Research Report: Developing Physically Active Girls: A Multidisciplinary Evidence-based Approach. The University of Minnesota Press.
  • Kauer, K. & Rauscher, L. (forthcoming). Negotiating Gender among LGBTIQ Athletes: Sport as a Space for Disruption and Reproduction. In Krane, V. (Editor). Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Sport: Queer Inquiries. Routledge University Press. 
  • Rauscher, L., & Wilson, B. D. M. (2017). Super Heroes and Lucky Duckies: Racialized Stressors Among Teachers. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 23(2):220-229.
  • Cooky, C. & Rauscher, L. (2016). Girls and the Racialization of Female Bodies in Sport Contexts. In M. Messner & M. Musto (Editors), Child’s Play: Sport in Kids’ Worlds. Rutgers University Press.
  • Rauscher, L. & Cooky, C. (2015). Ready for Anything the World Gives Her?: A Critical Look at the Efficacy of Sports-Based Positive Youth Development for Girls. Sex Roles 74:7:288-298. doi: 10.1007/s11199-014-0400-x.
  • Rauscher, L., Kauer, K. & Wilson, B. (2013). The Healthy Body Paradox: Institutional, Organizational, and Interpersonal Influences on Preadolescent Girls’ Body Image in Los Angeles. Gender & Society27: 208-230. doi: 10.1177/0891243212472054
  • Rauscher, L. & Greenfield, B. (2009). Advancements in Contemporary Physical Therapy Research: The Use of Mixed Methods Designs. Physical Therapy 89:1:91-100. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20070236


  • 2018 - Desjardins, D. & Rauscher, L. (forthcoming April 2018). Paths, Ladders and Labyrinths: Strategic Career Mapping. AFP/PPGC Emerging Philanthropy Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2018 - Lin, S, Dwyer, B., Henne-Ochoa, C., & Rauscher, L. (forthcoming March 2018.) Implementing Diversity Initiatives for Sustained Institutional Change: Challenges and Opportunities. Workshop facilitated at AAC&U?s 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths, San Diego, CA.
  • 2014 - Cooky, C. & Rauscher, L. (2014). Girls and the Racialization of Female Bodies in Sport Contexts. Paper presented at The Society for the Study of Social Problems Meetings, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2009 - Rauscher, L. (2009). Author Meets Critic Session: Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone (University of California Press 2008). American Sociological Association Meetings, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2007 - Rauscher, L. (2007). Super Heroes and Lucky Duckies: Understanding How Racial Inequality and Privilege Contribute to Mental Health Differences among Women. Paper presented at The Society for the Study of Social Problems Meetings, New York, New York.
  • 2007 - Rauscher, L., Rasmussen, A.C., Urizar, G., & Wilson, B. (2007). Building a Repertoire of Social Justice-Inspired Pedagogical Tools across Disciplines in a Contemporary U.S. Classroom. Paper presented at The Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta, GA.