Carrie Freie, Ph.D.

Carrie Freie
Associate Professor, Education
Hawthorn Building, 224

Carrie Freie is Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State Altoona. She earned her PhD in Social Foundations of Education at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in 2005. Her research uses qualitative methodology to study student identity in high school and college settings, focusing on social class, race and gender.


  • EDTHP 115 Education in American Society
  • EDTHP 416 & SOC 416 Sociology of Education
  • EDTHP 297 Multicultural Perspectives: Families, Communities and Education
  • EDTHP 497 Media, Popular Culture and Education

First-generation college students

Working classes and education

Gender, race, and social class in education

Critical multicultural education

Qualitative research

Freie, C. (2007). Class Construction: White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium. Lanham MD: Lexington Books.

Freie, C. (2010). Considering Gendered Careers: The Influence of Resilient Mothers and Sisters upon White Working-Class Young Women. Ethnography and Education 5(3): 229-243.

Freie, C. (2012). Breaking the Bank: Stories of Financial, Cultural and Academic Struggle from First-Generation College Students. In Dangerous Counterstories in the Corporate Academy: Narrating for Understanding, Solidarity, Resistance, and Community in the Age of Neoliberalism. Eds. Emily Daniels and Bradley Porfilio. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.