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Carter Rakovski, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology


I am interested in workers, feminism, and drug policy reform. I am available to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the research process, particularly in quantitative methods and my substantive areas of expertise. I am also interested in mentoring students in social justice projects, particularly for women's rights and drug policy reform. I have published in sociology and healthcare journals on topics such as low wage, healthcare workers and chronic pain. Prior to joining CSUF, I was a Statistical Programmer at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Senior Statistical Consultant at Bentley University. I previously examined the effect of organizational characteristics of nursing homes on patient outcomes and on the conditions of healthcare workers. I am a faculty advisor to CSUF Students for Sensible Drug Policy.


2004, Ph.D, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2000, M.S., Statistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

1998, M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

1995, B.A., Rollins College

Research Areas

Sociology of work and occupations; intersectionality and healthcare workers; employment and health; drug policy

Courses Regularly Taught

Soci 303  Statistics for the Social Sciences

Soci 325 The American Drug Scene

Soci 341  Social Interaction

Soci 502B The Research Process

Soci 473 Social Behavior and Organizations


  • Price-Glynn, K., Rakovski, C. 2019. “Vulnerable Caregivers: A Comparison of Direct Care Workers’ Health Risks in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Private Homes" Research in the Sociology of Health Care (37): 225-238.
  • Dill, JS, Price-Glynn, K., & Rakovski, C. 2016. “Does the ‘Glass Escalator’ Compensate for the Devaluation of Care Work Occupations: The Careers of Men in Low- and Middle-Skill Health Care Jobs” Gender & Society 30 (2): 334-360. DOI: 10.1177/0891243215624656.
  • Rutledge, D., Rakovski C., & Zettel-Watson L. “Healthcare Underutilization in Overweight Mexican-Americans with Chronic Pain” Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care 5(4): 123-132.
  • Jones, J., Rakovski, C., Rutledge D. & Gutierrez A. 2015. “A Comparison of Women With Fibromyalgia Syndrome to Criterion Fitness Standards: A Pilot Study” Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 23: 103-111. DOI: 10.1123/JAPA.2013-0159.
  • Price-Glynn K, Rakovski C. “The Best of Both Worlds?: How Direct Care Workers      Perceive Home Health Agencies and Long-term Care Institutions Identity” in     Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care  Work, editors Mignon Duffy, Clare Stacey and Amy Armenia, Rutgers  University Press, forthcoming.
  • Rakovski C, Price-Glynn K. 2012.  “Intersectional Identities and Worker Experiences in Home Health Care: The  National Home Health Aide Survey” Research in the Sociology of  Healthcare (Special Edition: Issues in Health and Health Care Related      to Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, SES and Gender) 30: 261-280.
  • Price-Glynn K, Rakovski C.  2012. “Who Rides the Glass Escalator?:  Gender, Race and Nationality in the National Nursing Assistant Study” Work, Employment, and Society 26(5): 699-715.
  • Rakovski C, Zettel-Watson L, Rutledge D.  2011. “Association of  Employment and Working Conditions with Physical and Mental Health Symptoms for People with Fibromyalgia” Disability and Rehabilitation: An International,  Multidisciplinary Journal34(15): 1277-1283.
  • Zettel-Watson L, Rakovski C, Levine B, Rutledge D, Jones J. 2011. “Employment status and care-giving responsibilities: Quality of life, general health, depression, and physical abilities in people with Fibromyalgia” Journal  of Musculoskeletal Pain 19: 8-17.
  • Rutledge D, Cherry B, Rose DJ, Rakovski C, Jones J. 2010. “Do Fall      Predictors in Older Adults Predict Fall Status in Persons 50+ with Fibromyalgia?” Research in Nursing  & Health, 33: 192-206.
  • Rakovski  C, Price-Glynn K.  2010. “Caring Labor and  Intersectionality: Findings from the National Nursing Assistants Survey” Sociology  of Health and Illness, 32(3): 400-414.
  • Malgwi C, Rakovski C. 2009. "Combating Academic Fraud: Are Students  Reticent about Uncovering the Covert?" Journal of Academic Ethics 7(3): 207-221.
  • Malgwi C, Rakovski C. 2009. “Behavioral Implications and Evaluation of Academic Fraud Risk  Factors” Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting 1(2): 1-37.
  • Owhoso V, Rakovski C, Messier B.  2008. “Audit Partners’  Prediction of Subordinates Ability to Detect Errors” Journal of   Accounting Research 46(5): 1241-1264.
  • Rakovski   C. and Levy E. 2007.  “Academic Dishonesty: Perceptions of Business Students” College Student  Journal 41(2): 466-481.
  • Levy E, Rakovski C. 2006. “Academic   Dishonesty: A Zero Tolerance Professor and Student Registration Choices” Research  in Higher Education 47(6): 735-754.
  • Rosen A, Wang F, Montez M, Rakovski C, Berlowitz D, Lucove J. 2005. “Identifying future high-healthcare users:  exploring the value of diagnostic and prior utilization information” Disease  Management and Health Outcomes 13 (2): 117-127.
  • Rosen A, Reid R, Broemeling A-M, Rakovski C. 2003. “Applying a Risk-Adjustment Framework to Primary Care: Can We Improve on Existing Measures?” Annals of Family Medicine 1(1):44-51.  
  • Rosen A, Loveland S, Rakovski C, Christiansen C,  Berlowitz D. 2003. “Do Different Case-mix Measures Affect Assessments of  Provider Efficiency? Lessons from the Department of Veterans Affairs.” Journal  of Ambulatory Care Management 26 (3): 229-242.
  • Rakovski C, Rosen A, Wang F, Berlowitz, D. 2002.      “Predicting Elderly at Risk of Increased Future Healthcare Use:  How Much Does Diagnostic Information Add      to Prior Utilization?” Health Services and Outcomes Research      Methodology Special Issue: International Conference on Health Policy      Research 3(4): 267-277.
  • Rakovski C, Rosen A, Loveland S, Anderson J,      Berlowitz, D, Ash A. 2002. “Evaluation of Diagnosis-Based Risk Adjustment      Measures among Specific Subgroups: Can Existing Measures be Improved by      Simple Modifications?” Health Services and Outcomes Research      Methodology, 3(1): 57-74.
  • Rosen A, Rakovski C, Loveland S, Christiansen C, Berlowitz D. 2002. “Profiling Resource Use: Do Different Outcomes Affect Assessments of Provider Efficiency?”The American Journal of Managed Care, 8(12): 1105-1115.
  • Rosen A, Wu J, Chang BH, Berlowitz D, Rakovski C, Ash A,      Moskowitz M.  2001. “Risk Adjustment      for Measuring Health Outcomes: an Application in VA Long-term Care” American      Journal of Medical Quality 16(4):118-127.
  • Rosen A, Loveland S, Anderson J, Rothendler J, Hankins C, Rakovski      C, Moskowitz M, Berlowitz D. 2001. “Evaluating Diagnosis-Based      Case-mix Measures: How well do they Apply to the VA Population?” Medical      Care39(7):692-704.

Scholarly Work

Works in Progress

“Fitness Performance of Older Women with Fibromyalgia Compared to Criterion-Referenced Standards Associated with Functional Independence” Jones, J.,Rakovski, C., Rutledge, D. & Gutierrez, A. Under Review.

“Is there a penalty for caring? Career trajectories of men in caring occupations versus traditionally male-dominated occupations” J. Dill, C. Rakovski, & K. Price-Glynn, work in progress.

 “Working the Romance: Gender and Occupations in Romantic Films” C. Rakovski,work in progress.

 “Moral Panics in TV Drug Documentaries” C. Rakovski & J.S. Taylor, work in progress.