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Stacey Livingstone

Curriculum Vitae



C.Phil., Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2018

M.A., Sociology, San Diego State University, 2013

B.A., Sociology, Boston College, 2007



Housing Insecurity, Homelessness, Community-Based Research, Public Sociology, Teaching Sociology, Engaged Teaching, Community-Based Learning, Qualitative Methods



2019-present Scholars Strategy Network Graduate Fellow, San Diego Chapter, $500

2022 Jacobs Social Impact Fellowship, $7,000

  • Community Action Research on Homelessness Services in San Diego

2022 Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research Graduate Student Grant, $2,500

  • COVID-19’s Impact on Homelessness Services

2020 Summer Field Research Grant, Global Health Institute, UC San Diego, $400

  • Gentrification, “Chronic Homelessness” and Homelessness Governance in U.S. Cities

2019 Summer Research Grant, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego, $5,000

  • Constructing Chronic Homelessness: Exclusion, Pathology and the Maintenance of a Problem

2017 Summer Research Grant, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego, $2,000

  • The Stressors and Stress Mediators of Families Experiencing Temporary Homelessness


Teaching Awards

2022 SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award, American Sociological Association

2019-2020 Barbara and Paul Saltman Excellent Teaching Award for Graduate Students



While I have always been interested in studying structural poverty, living in San Diego for over a decade, where affordable housing is scarce and many people live unsheltered, has led me to my current research on housing insecurity and homelessness. Currently, I am conducting research on unhoused families in San Diego and the obstacles they face when attempting to “exit homelessness.” I also study the divergent life chances of those who are and are not labeled “chronically homeless” in San Diego as well as how local discourses on homelessness impact intervention strategies. My research projects are culminating into my dissertation that will focus on the human cost of underfunded homelessness resources including what happens when you are “not vulnerable enough” to qualify for assistance. In addition to this work, I have collaborated with the Basic Needs Center on our campus for the past two years - a collaboration that more recently grew to include a partnership with the Engaged Teaching Hub - to determine the ways in which financial security challenges impact mental health and academic success for students. I have been very fortunate to work with our wonderful sociology undergraduate students through our Research Apprenticeship program on this work of public sociology and used the Research Apprenticeship program as an opportunity to engage, train, and empower students through community-based learning. I have also been very lucky to be a Graduate Student Researcher for the Homelessness Hub at UC San Diego on their Safe Parking Program evaluation, a project that has allowed me to further my commitment to public-facing scholarship. My interest in public-facing, policy-focused work has additionally led me to serve as a Graduate Fellow for Scholars Strategy Network’s San Diego Chapter for the past few years. More recently, I have begun a collaborative study with advocates with lived experience of homelessness where we are not only building a research project from the ground up but are further using the experience to “train up” together on topics relevant to our advocacy including photojournalism and public-facing writing.


Policy Briefs

Livingstone, Stacey. “Addressing Student Housing Insecurity.” 2021. Scholars Strategy Network.

Livingstone, Stacey. “Family Homelessness and Gentrification in San Diego.” 2020. Scholars Strategy Network.


Articles Currently out for Consideration

Livingstone, Stacey, Julia Adrian, Erilynn Heinrichsen and Leah Klement. “Translating Student Voices into Action: The Financial Reverberations of COVID-19 and What Educators Can Do to Support Equity. 

Livingstone, Stacey. “Campus Collaboration as a Gateway to Public Sociology-as-Community-Based Learning: A Guide for ‘Unmuzzling’ Graduate Student Instructors.”


Articles in Progress

Livingstone, Stacey. “The Homelessness of Home: Continuous Challenges for Unhoused Families as they Attempt to Enter, Utilize and Exit Transitional Housing Programs.”

Bussell, Mirle, Leslie Lewis, and Stacey Livingstone. “An Evaluation of a Safe Parking Program: The Importance of the Model and Accounting for Variance in Client Exits.” 



2022 SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award

2019-2020 Barbara and Paul Saltman Excellent Teaching Award for Graduate Students, UC San Diego



Introduction to College Teaching, Engaged Teaching Hub, UC, San Diego, December 7, 2018


Professional Development

Teaching and Learning in Bureaucracies of Displacement, American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference, Los Angeles CA, August 4, 2022


Consultant Work

Graduate Teaching Consultant, Engaged Teaching Hub, UC San Diego, Summer 2020-Fall 2021


Instructor of Record

Gender and Film, Sociology Department, UC, San Diego, Fall 2018, Summer 2019, Summer 2020

Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender, Sociology Department, UC, San Diego, Summer 2018

Media Matters: Stereotypes and Social Change in Popular Media, Academic Connections, UC, San Diego, Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2018


Undergraduate Mentorship


Sociology Research Apprenticeship Program, 2019-2021


Lead Teaching Assistant Positions

Lead TA for Remote Instruction, Sociology Department, UC San Diego, Spring 2020

Senior TA, Sociology Department, UC San Diego, 2019-2020

Lead TA, Sociology Department, San Diego State University, 2012-2013


I am passionate about teaching in general and teaching sociology specifically. As such, I have not only taught my own courses for the department but have cp-taught a summer bridge course for years through Academic Connections, served as my department’s Senior TA and have been a proud member of the Engaged Teaching Hub’s Graduate Teaching Consultant team. In this last role, I conducted consultations and course observations, created and facilitated a variety of workshops and learning communities and generated teaching resources centered on engaged teaching as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. I have also used our department’s wonderful Research Apprenticeship program to work with amazing undergraduate students on social action research projects centered on housing and financial security challenges faced by students.

I am the proud recipient of both the 2019-2020 Barbara and Paul Saltman Excellent Teaching Award for Graduate Students and the 2022 SAGE Publishing Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award which helped me to attend the 2022 American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning Preconference: Teaching and Learning in Bureaucracies of Displacement where I facilitated a roundtable focusing on early entrance points into public sociology-as-community-based-learning for graduate students.