Teaching Fellows

Virgina Rangos

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Rangos, Virginia

Area of Study

Department of Sociology

Virgina Rangos

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Virginia Rangos is a sociologist specializing in medicine, mental and neurological health, gender, sexuality, and qualitative methods. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2022, and she was awarded a Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. She also attended the University of Chicago for her BA in Comparative Human Development and Gender Studies. 

Her book manuscript, Injury to the Brain, Assault on the Self: Identity Re-Construction in the Aftermath of Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury, examines what happens when damage to the brain causes change in what is commonly understood to be the mind or even the Self and how patients’ priorities, plans, and self-perceptions shift, as they proceed through the stages of neuro-rehabilitation. It delves into the myriad ways damage to the brain impacts aspects of identity and how patients find ways to preserve their sense of Self and/or adapt and find meaning in new versions of the Self.