Karina keeps up with the day-to-day life of the department. She works with the department’s chair to ensure the department is adhering to college and university policies. She works with faculty on their Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure cases. Karina also provides management of the Chair’s academic agenda. She is the main point of contact between the Department and outside units both within and outside the University. In this capacity, Karina manages development and alumni affairs for the department. Additionally, Karina assists the Director of Administrative Services with grant proposal preparation and submission for SOCY faculty and graduate students.

Karina received her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration in 2015. Her thesis is titled, "Striving to Succeed, but at What Cost? A Review of How Graduate Students of Color Overcome Racial Stress." Her research interests apply theories from the Sociology of Stress, Sociology of Self-Concept, and Retention Theories to understand how graduate students of color persist through the academic pipeline in Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). 

Areas of Interest

  • Graduate Education/Graduate Students
  • Underrepresented Students and Faculty in the Academic Pipeline
  • Diversity Issues in Higher Education
  • Stress and Self-Concept
  • Mental Health


  • BA
    McDaniel College, Sociology & Spanish
  • MA
    University of Maryland, College Park, Higher Education Administration
Karina Havrilla
2112 Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
khavrill [at] umd.edu
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