Cari Beecham - Columbia College Chicago

Cari Beecham

Adjunct Professor of Instruction


Cari Beecham-Bautista (she/her) is an instructor in the HHSS department, teaching sociology and gender studies courses.  She is particularly interested in the intersection of identity (gender, race, class) and inequality, and her graduate research focused on the child welfare system.  She has worked as a researcher for the Illinois Attorney General's Office and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and she has worked in direct social service as a Sexual Health Educator for unhoused and at risk teens at Teen Living Programs, lead teacher in the GED program at the Jane Addams Center, a community drop in tutor at the Howard Area Community Center, and a mentor for the teen drop in program at Sullivan High School.  She earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University. 

Instructional Areas

Gender, sexuality, race, social class, inequality

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Gender and sexuality, marriage and family, social class, inequality


B.A., Sociology University of Illinois Chicago 1997
M.A., Sociology DePaul University 2002