Anastacia Schulhoff, Ph.D.


Dr. Anastacia Schulhoff  joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Sociology. She serves on the Journal of Aging Studies (JAS) as an Editorial Assistant and Board Member. JAS is a journal dedicated to publishing research that examines the aging experience and related broad concerns and subject matter of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities. Dr. Schulhoff also performs the duty of the Newsletter Editor for the Association of Humanist Sociology and works on the Bylaws Committee for Southern Gerontological Society. In additional to her disciplinary work, she serves as the Department of Sociology Inclusive Excellence Liaison at AppState. Her research interests address a broad array of issues within the field of Sociology and Gerontology. She is currently working on several research projects that range from an analysis of older adult volunteers in the High Country, a Photovoice project that looks at the influence of COVID-19 on college students, and a cultural gerontology project that centers upon tribal nursing homes, which was her dissertation project. In the latter, she will be completing a book manuscript for publication by 2021/22 about Native American CNAs, nurses, administrators, and residents working, living, and creating identities and culture within a tribal nursing home.  

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

  • Gerontology
  • Health Inequalities/Disparities
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Native American/Indigenous Peoples
  • Culture & Identity
  • Social Inequalities
  • Qualitative Research
  • Narratives,
  • Ethnography/Digital Ethnography
  • Photovoice

Courses Taught:


  • Gerontology (SOC 3100)
  • Health Inequalities (SOC 2055/4000)
  • Medical Sociology (SOC 3600)
  • Race & Ethnicity (SOC 4560)


  • Health Disparities (SOC 5430)
  • Sociology of Adult Development & Aging (SOC 5400)
  • Health Care & Aging (SOC 5420)
  • Contemporary Social Issues (SOC 5350)


  Personal Website                


Recent Publications:

Schulhoff, Anastacia and Dukehart, Alex. 2021. “Foster Grandparent Programs Impact on the Quality of Life of Senior Volunteers” (R&R with the Journal of Aging Studies).

Schulhoff, Anastacia 2021. “COVID-19 Photovoice of Online College Students: Creating Community in Online Spaces.” (Forthcoming with the Sociation journal).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia 2019. “Clan Families” In: Gu D., Dupre M. (eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer. 69892-2

Schulhoff, Anastacia, Teti, Michelle, and Saffran, Erica 2021. “Photovoice in the Health Science(s) Classroom: Breaking Down Stigma & Stereotypes with a Critical Pedagogical Tool” (R&R with the Humanity & Society journal).

Teti, Michelle, Schulhoff, Anatacia, Koegler, Erica, Saffran, Lise and Bauerband, Loren 2018. “Exploring the use of Photo-stories and Fiction Writing to Address HIV Stigma among Health Professions Students." Qualitative Health Research, OnlineFirst August 10, 2018

Schulhoff, Anastacia 2015. “More than Native American Narratives: Temporal Shifting and Authentic Identities.” Narrative Inquiry 25(1): 166-183.

Schulhoff, Anastacia M. 2008. “Wired Truth: The Symbolic Interaction Exchange of Socially Constructed Realities.” International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach 2:184.

 Works in Progress:

Juris Narr, Jill, Boudin, Erin, Schulhoff, Anastacia, and Nicole Hiegl 2022. Intergenerational Reverse-Mentoring Program Reduces Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults: Results from a Pilot Test (under preparation for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia. 2022. Humanist Teaching Pedagogy: A Covid-19 Photovoice Assignment (under preparation for the Handbook of Humanist Sociology).

Schulhoff, Anastacia and Mychel Estevez 2022. “Digital Redlining: A Policy and Sociology Textbook Analysis” (under preparation for the ASA Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Journal).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia 2022. “Social and Cultural Capital in Tribal Nursing Homes” (under Review with the Journal of Aging Studies).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia. 2022. N.C. Cultural Tourism and the Ghostly Erasures of Colonization: Cowboys, Indians, and the Heroes of the Revolutionary War (under preparation for the journal Symbolic Interaction journal).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia 2022  “Grandparents Legitimizing "The Native American" Identity: Identity Narratives of Belonging” (under preparation for the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity journal).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia 2022. “Bring Our Elders Home to “Heal” the Reservations Ills: Narratives of Native American Elder Identities in Tribal Nursing Homes” (under preparation for Social Problems journal).

 Schulhoff, Anastacia 2023. “Social Problems Warriors: Native American Elder Identities on Tribal Nursing Homes Websites and Facebook Pages” (under preparation for Information, Communication & Society journal).

Schulhoff, Anastacia. 2023. N.C. Cultural Tourism and the Ghostly Erasures of Colonization: Cowboys, Indians, and the Heroes of the Revolutionary War (under preparation for the journal of Symbolic Interaction).


Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6897

Office address
223B Chapell Wilson Hall


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