Kimberly Reed

Elgin Community College

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Elgin Community College


Kimberly A. Reed taught sociology for over 30 years, in New Jersey and New York universities and four year colleges from 1990-2005, and Illinois community colleges from 2009 to the present day.  Although never tenured, Reed publications include one book: 

Managing Our Margins: Women Entrepreneurs in Suburbia.  New York & London: Routledge, 2001.  Routledge paperback May 2013.

 Reviewed by Mary Blair Loy, American Journal of Sociology 4 (2002): 1108-1110.

Jeffrey M. Hornstein, Enterprise & Society 3 (2002): 574-577.  UK: Oxford University Press.

Managing Our Margins: Women Entrepreneurs in Suburban New Jersey.  Ph.D. Dissertation, City University of New York Graduate Center, 1999. UMI International.

Reed's recent research includes the dilemmas of constructing private with public preschools in Illinois, street art and artist influences in the city, and the transformation of the academic workforce, structure, and experience.  See:

The Transformation of the American Professor. 2020.  Colloquium Lecture.  Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, May 1, 2020.  Triton College, River Grove, IL.  Access online at:

West Hubbard Street and Social Change on the West Side of Chicago
.  2019-2020.  Visual sociology study of street art in a gentrifying area of the city.

Artists Changing Spaces.  1996-1999.  Community based ethnography of artists living in Greenpoint-Williamsburg.  Video documentary techniques and depth interviewing.  60+ Interviews, including 50 artists, 14 community activists and long time residents.  Visual sociology, photography, video clips.   Manuscript – unpublished.  Research presented or discussed in six conference presentations.  References to project available online.