Kathryn Rittenhour

Title & Affiliation
Graduate Administrative Fellow IowaRISE


  • PhD Candidate, University of Iowa Department of Sociology, August 2022
  • MA, Sociology, University of Iowa, 2014
  • BA, Sociology, Texas State University, 2008

Kathryn Rittenhour is a graduate student at the University of Iowa in the Department of Sociology. Broadly, her research and teaching interests include gender, sexualities, violence, stratification, intersectionality, and qualitative methods. Her current work concerns gendered violence and consent, sexual agency, and how sexual scripts vary and change. Across my project, I consider how exposure culturally specific gendered and sexual scripts enable and constrain attitudes and behaviors. The goal of my research program is to identify those contexts and interactions that increase opportunities for sexual agency and successful consent negotiations. In pursuit of these questions, I have used a variety of qualitative methods, including in-depth interview, observations, surveys, diaries, and text analysis. I utilize these methods to draw connections between macro-level gendered and sexual ideologies and the micro-level lived experiences and behaviors.

Research Interests

  • Applied sociology
  • Gender
  • Gendered violence
  • Qualitative methods
  • Sexualities