Dr. Jessica Leveto is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kent State University at Ashtabula. Dr. Leveto obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University in 2012. She earned both her MA (2005, Social Sciences) and BA (2003, Sociology) at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Leveto has taught at both public and private institutions in 'traditional' "brick and mortar" classrooms and online. At Kent State Ashtabula Dr. Leveto teaches Introduction to Sociology, Researching Society, Social Problems, Sociology of Work and Sociology of Families. She is engaged in alternative pedagogical techniques and always looking for innovative approaches to education.
Dr. Leveto's research interests include sociology of emotions, neurosociology and the scholarship of teaching. Her publication (along with colleague Dr. Will Kalkhoff) "Biosocial Interaction Rituals of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Research Agenda for Neuorsociology"demonstrates how neurosociologists can further the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders through integrating sociology's knowledge of paraverbal communication and interactional synchrony with neurology's knowledge of the brain. Additionally, Dr. Leveto examines the relationship between emotions and identity. Currently, Dr. Leveto is working with Dr. Richard Serpe examining the relationship between Structural Identity Theory, Self Concept and Emotions.
Dr. Leveto is the faculty advisor for the Kent State University at Ashtabula Sociology Club and actively engaged with the American Sociological Association as the webmaster and social media coordinator for the Emotions Section.
Jessica A. Leveto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Kent State University at Ashtabula
3300 Lake Road West
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
jleveto (at) kent.edu