Monica Edwards
Associate Professor


Office: J149
Phone: 847-925-6814



Dr. Monica Edwards is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harper College.  She received her M.S. in Sociology from Illinois State University and her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.  Dr. Edwards has been at Harper College since 2010, and has been teaching Sociology since 2000.

Dr. Edwards is the advisor of the Harper College Pride club, which meets every Monday from 3:30-4:30 in J 152. Every semester, Dr. Edwards, in connection with the Harper College Pride club, will participate in/facilitate conversations about the LGBT community, Harper College, and the ways that the institution and the larger social world shape the experiences of LGBT students on our campus.

Monica’s areas of sociological interest include:  gender, popular culture and media, sexuality, intersectionality theory, and social inequalities. Monica's dissertation focused on how popular culture is used as a tool/resource in negotiating relationships across sexual difference.


Edwards, Monica. "Transconversations: New media, community, and identity." LGBT identity and online new media (159-172). New York: Routledge (2010).


Edwards, Monica. "Left Behind By the Alter: Why Queers and Sociologists Need Materialist Feminism." Socialist Studies 11.1 (2016).


At Harper College Dr. Edwards regularly teaches (click on each link below for sample syllabus):

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101): This class is taught through the lens of food and environmental sustainability.

Family in Contemporary Society (SOC 120): in person and on-line: This class is taught through the lens of intersectionality (race/class/gender) and the household division of labor within historical context.

Sex and Gender (SOC 230): in person and on-line (summer term only): This class is grounded in multiple theoretical perspectives--feminist, Marxist, social constructionists, and symbolic interactionism.