Kierstin Hatt, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Associate Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1187
H150 Hoyme Complex
4901-46 Ave
T4V 2R3



I'm an interdisciplinary academic, a participatory action researcher, a clinician, a policy analyst, an advocate and an activist. My primary research areas relate to food systems, and to autism. Sometimes I do one of these at a time, but more often these converge into a range of creative ventures. I also enjoy Crossfit, knitting, quilting, kayaking, foodie things, learning languages and travel. 

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, McGill University, 2001

M.A., International Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University Halifax, 1993

B.A., Psychology, Carleton University, 1991

Clinical certification, training and areas of expertise

  • Disability and Community Studies Diploma (all but practicum), Douglas College
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
  • ABA-IBI Applied Behaviour Analysis, University of North Texas
  • Integrated Listening System (iLs)
  • Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant by Scientific Learning
  • Dietary approaches to health (including GFCF diet)

Appeal Wins against the Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Program, Alberta Department of Children's Services. 

  • FSCD Appeal in favour of funding GFCF diet, 2010
  • FSCD Appeal in favour of funding GFCF diet, 2009
  • FSCD Appeal in favour of funding Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), May, 2007
  • FSCD Appeal in favour of funding Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), June, 2007

Further information:


I currently teach the following courses on a regular basis: 

Introducing Sociology: Principles and Practice (AUSOC 101): Sociological concepts, theories and perspectives support the development of a "sociological imagination", which enables insight into society, social issues and taken-for-granted life experiences.  

Social Anthropology (AUSOC 105): Human cultural diversity, including our similarities and differences, provides a fresh backdrop for understanding our own lives, culture, and the issues that face humanity. 

Sociology of Global and Development Issues (AUSOC 218): Having information and analytical tools for a multi-perspective understanding of key development and global issues, enables engagement into complex issues both in the 'Third World', and within the Canadian context.

Canadian Social Issues (AUSOC/AUCRI 222): Being familiar with diverse perspectives about a range of social issues increases our insight, compassion, and effectiveness to engage with the issues we face in society. 

Sex, Gender and Society (AUSOC 275): Sex, gender and sexualities present strong socio-cultural patterns, yet their existence, functioning and diversity are often invisible, ignored, marginalized or denied. These issues and perspectives provide insight into identities, relationships, and institutions, and they also support equality and social justice.

Sociology of Food (AUSOC 341): Identification of the socio-cultural patterns shaping the food systems offers a critical understanding about different approaches to eating and engaging the food system. 

Environmental Sociology (AUSOC/AUENV 358): The social and the ecological worlds are inseparable. Understanding their particular and interconnected dynamics is required for social change to address critical social and ecological issues, and for achieving social and ecological sustainability. 

Theoretical Approaches to Gender (AUSOC 377): Feminist theoretical perspectives generate diverse analytical insights for a range of issues relating to gender, and support engagement as reflexive transformative knowledge.

Social Change from Development to Globalization (AUSOC 391): Understanding the patterns associated with development and globalization, beyond the mainstream, offers access to the implications of social change for peoples and cultures around the globe, including our own. 


AUSOC 101 - Introducing Sociology: Principles and Practice

Introduction to sociology focusing on understanding the relation between the individual and society using concepts like social control, class, role, self, reference group, ideology, and world view. Through the use of some popular films, specific attention is paid to understanding the way we (as particular individuals) are, in taken-for-granted ways, shaped by our membership in large and small groupings. The implications of this shaping for our ideas of freedom, individuality, and morality are debated and examined.

Fall Term 2022 Fall Term 2022 Winter Term 2023

AUSOC 105 - Social Anthropology

Ethnographic materials from non-Western societies are utilized to examine culture, social structure, and social process. Particular attention is paid to everyday life within various types of societies and how sociological ways of knowing are enriched by an attentiveness to cross-cultural research.

Winter Term 2023

AUSOC 222 - Canadian Social Issues

Introduction to sociological perspectives on social problems. Various theoretical orientations are applied to contemporary Canadian social issues such as poverty, gender issues, aboriginal rights, human sexuality, and regionalism. Prerequisites: One of AUSOC 101, 103, 105, AUIDS 160 (2020) or AUCRI 160, or consent of the instructor. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUSOC 222 and AUCRI 222 (2020).

Fall Term 2022

AUSOC 341 - Sociology of Food

This course places food into broader sociocultural context to better understand why we eat what we eat. Topics will include: patterns of food production, distribution and consumption; the role of rood in relation to embodiment, identities, culture, class, and gender; the socio-cultural and political-economic organization of local, national, and global food systems; the implication of the food system for health, urban-rural relations, ecological sustainability, and social justice; food as a site of power relations, contestation, and social movements. In sum, this course will offer a sociological perspective of the food system and of engagements for its social transformation. Prerequisites: *3 at a senior level in Sociology and 3rd year standing, or consent of the instructor.

Winter Term 2023

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