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Rachel E. Craft, PhD

Rachel E. Craft, PhDAssistant Teaching Professor (Non-Tenure Track)
Advising & Practicum Coordinator, Gerontology Program
Office: 702 SSB Tower
Phone: 314-516-5141


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Kansas-Lawrence (2016)
  • MA, Sociology, University of Missouri-St. Louis (2007)
  • BS, Sociology, University of Missouri-St. Louis (2004)
  • BA, Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis (2004)


  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Aging
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Society
  • Environmental Sociology

Rachel Craft joined the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender (SGG) as a NTT Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.  Rachel began instructing sociology courses at UMSL as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spring 2015 while finishing her PhD Dissertation, “Making the Choice to Use Herbs: Pathways to the Practice of Herbalism.”  Rachel will teach courses in both the Sociology and Gerontology Programs, and provide advising and practicum support for students in the Gerontology Graduate Program.  Teaching in sociology and related fields is her passion and she truly enjoys working with our students.  Her focal interests in medical and environmental sociology, with a special interest in how social policies and practices affect diverse populations (the elderly, women, children, racial and ethnic groups, and the poor), compliment all three programs in SGG.  She is also interested in topics spanning theory, globalization, culture, social movements, and climate change.  Her recent publications and presentations examined medicinal plant use, sales, media representations, and sustainable harvest practices.  We are excited to welcome her back to UMSL and to the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender.