Edson Rodriguez, currently a PhD candidate in the USC Department of Sociology, holds an MA in sociology from the University of Southern California (2009), BAs in sociology and anthropology from the University of California in Irvine (2004), and an AA in general education from Orange Coast College (2002). His dissertation explores the rhythms of everyday life in southern California families as parents and children traverse the realms of work, family, and school. How do family members coordinate life together? What does it mean to be busy? Does the movement through space-time and the negotiated meaning of this movement relate to family well-being and children’s life chances? These research questions focus Edson’s sociological interests in culture, family, time, and education.
Edson has worked as a math and science tutor for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and is presently a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Sociology at USC. His teaching experience includes the topics of Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Childhood, Social Psychology, Deviance, and Sociological Research Methods. Edson is a recipient of the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences General Education Graduate Assistant Award (2008-2009), as well as the USC Award for Excellence in Teaching in the category of Sociology (2008-2009).
As a teaching assistant, Edson strives to create a comfortable and exciting learning environment that nurtures students’ pursuit of intellectual growth by stimulating them to think about how their everyday lives relate to the academic content presented in their courses, thus extending the learning experience from inside to outside the classroom and facilitating the process by which students learn from each other. Edson is honored to be a CET Teaching Assistant Fellow. He will enthusiastically use this opportunity to help organize forums that will strengthen faculty-TA-student interactions, contributing in this way to the university’s continued efforts to foster an extraordinary community of scholars.