Cassie Comley's Ph.D. is in Sociology, from the University of Oregon, in the field of Gender and Race/Ethnicity. She also have a Graduate Certificate from the Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Department at the University of Oregon. She is currently an instructor for the Orange County Department of Education working one-on-one with incarcerated youth. In this position, she supports and mentors high school graduates as they complete college-level course work. Additionally, she works as a Sociology Instructor at Orange Coast College in the Sociology Department. Generally, her academic work focuses on Social Inequalities, Sociology of Gender, Critical Race Theory, and Women in Sport.
University of Oregon: M.A., Sociology 2018
University of Oregon: Ph.D., Sociology/Gender Studies 2018
California State University - Long Beach: B.A., Psychology 2010
Areas of Expertise (5)
Women in Sport
Sociology of Gender
Critical Race Theory
Industry Expertise (1)
Media Appearances (2)
PODCAST: EXPLORING RACISM IN SURFING WITH BLACK GIRLS SURF AND DR. CASSIE COMLEY
Teton Gravity Research online
In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening throughout the country, host Stacie Vanags focused the latest episode of the Salted Spirit podcast on the topic of racism. Joining her in the discussion is Rhonda Harper and Dr. Cassie Comley...
East LA Latinas create surfing community for Latinos
Giselle Carrillo, Vanessa Yeager, and Cassie Comley started Courage Camps to create a Latino surf community in Southern California and offer free lessons to break the stigma of surfing...
"We have to establish our territory": how women surfers ‘carve out’ gendered spaces within surfingSports in Society
2016 This Research Insight piece examines how southern California recreational women surfers experience, cope with and contest their marginalized status within the male-dominated sport of surfing. Drawing on literature that focuses on women in alternative sports, I argue that women surfers face similar contradictions, such as developing strategies to cope with and contest their marginalized status and creating separate spaces.
Fall in Line: How Surfers’ Perceptions of Localism, Territoriality and Waves as Limited Resources Influence Surf-related AggressionMcNair Scholars Research Journal
2011 To understand why aggression frequently arises in a sport often described as ‘‘Zen-like,’’ I examined whether surfers’ perceptions of localism, territoriality, and waves as limited resources predicted aggression while surfing, over and above what can be accounted for by individual differences in general aggressive tendencies.
"Surfing? That's a White Boy Sport": An Intersectional Analysis of Mexican Americans' Experiences With Southern California Surf CultureUniversity of Oregon
2018 The primary purpose of this ethnographic study is to contextualize Mexican American surfers experiences with sport as a lens into race, gender and class relations. Specifically, it seeks to understand how a history of gender, race, and class oppression has played out in this understudied terrain of sport.