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Kyle Woolley

Assistant Professor of Social Sciences

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Kyle’s teaching and scholarship are focused on struggles for social justice. His research interests include collective action, social movements and social change, the sociology of families, gender and development, poverty and inequality, and Latin America. His current research examines grassroots political organizing in Lima, Peru.

At Lesley, Kyle teaches the following courses: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Family, Social Theory, Contemporary U.S. Society, and Senior Capstone Seminar. His teaching interests also include social movements and community-engaged learning courses, particularly in Peru.

Kyle holds a BA from Saint Anselm College, a MA from Brandeis University and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago.


  • Paredes, Cristian and Woolley, Kyle (Forthcoming, Fall 2022). ¿Agua para todos? Differences in Access to Clean Water and a Bathroom at Home by Ethno-Racial Characteristics in Contemporary Peru. Sociology of Development.
  • Woolley, Kyle and Kelly Moore (2020). Barely Bonded: Barely Bonded: Affective Politics and the Gendered Struggle for Water in Villa El Salvador, Lima, Peru. Qualitative Sociology, 43(2).
  • Cosselyon, Jennifer and Woolley, Kyle (2020). Gender and Collective Action. In Wiley Blackwell Companion to Gender Studies. Edited by Nancy Naples. Hoboken, NJ.