Ph.D., Sociology, Stanford University, 2000
M.A., Sociology, Stanford
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Irvine, 1993
Areas of Expertise
Health Care Organizations
Qualitative Case Study Methods
Carol Caronna's research interests are organizational theory, institutional theory,
applications of organizational theory to health and health care, and qualitative case
study methods. She is the co-author of Institutional Theory and Healthcare Organizations:
From Professional Dominance to Managed Care (2000, University of Chicago Press) and
has published research articles in Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science
and Medicine, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. She also has contributed
chapters on acute care and the organization of medical care to the 8th, 9th, and 10th
editions of the best-selling public health textbook, Jonas & Kovner's Health Care
Delivery in the United States (Springer).
Caronna is active in the scholarship of teaching and has published syllabi and course
materials in four American Sociology Association teaching resource guides. These publications
include her course designs for each of her upper level courses at Towson (Organizations
and Society, Work and Occupations, and Sociology of Gender). Caronna also teaches
Introduction to Sociology and Honors Introduction to Sociology.
Carol Caronna joined the faculty at Towson University as an assistant professor in
2002. She was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2008, served as assistant
chair from 2009–2012, and promoted again to full professor in 2014. Prior to joining
the department, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at the University of California, Berkeley
– School of Public Health and University of California, San Francisco. She holds a
Ph.D. and an A.M. in sociology from Stanford University and a B.A. in sociology from
the University of California, Irvine.
- Carol A. Caronna and Michael K. Ong. 2011. "Organization of Medical Care." Chapter
9 in Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States, 10th Edition, edited by Anthony Kovner and James Knickman. New York, NY: Springer.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2011. “Clash of Logics, Crisis of Trust: Entering the Era of Public
For-profit Health Care?” in The Handbook of Health, Illness, and Healing: Blueprint for the 21st Century. Bernice A. Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Jane McLeod, and Anne Rogers (editors).
New York, NY: Springer.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2010. "Why use qualitative methods to study health care organizations?
Insights from multi-level case studies" in Handbook on Qualitative Health Research. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Raymond DeVries, and Robert Dingwall (editors). London, UK:
Sage Publications Ltd.
- Carol A. Caronna, Seth S. Pollack, and W. Richard Scott. 2009. "Organizations, Populations,
and Fields: Investigating Organizational Heterogeneity through a Multilevel Case Study
Design." Pp. 249-270 in Research in the Sociology of Organizations: Studying Differences between Organizations:
Comparative Approaches to Organizational Research (Volume 26), edited by Brayden King, David Whetten, and Teppo Felin. Emerald Group.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2008. Syllabus and course materials for course entitled “Organizations
and Society.” Pp. 26-35 and 163-169 in Teaching Organizational Sociology: A Collection of Syllabi, Assignments, and Other
Resources (3rd ed.), edited by Elizabeth Borland. Washington D.C.: American Sociological Association.
- Marc N. Gourevitch, Carol A. Caronna, and Gary Kalkut. 2008. “Acute Care.” Pp. 190-218
in Jonas & Kovner’s Health Care Delivery in the United States (9th ed.), edited by Anthony R. Kovner and James R. Knickman. New York: Springer.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2007. “Turning Identity into Form: The Cause and Consequence for
Kaiser Permanente of Becoming an HMO.” In Research in the Sociology of Organizations: The Sociology of Entrepreneurship (Volume
24), edited by Martin Ruef and Michael Lounsbury. JAI/Elsevier Press.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2007. Syllabus and course materials for course entitled “Sociology
of Gender”. In Sociology of Gender: A Handbook of Syllabi and other Teaching Resources, edited by Amy Blackstone and Elizabeth Lucal. Washington, DC: American Sociological
- Marc N. Gourevitch, Carol A. Caronna, and Gary Kalkut. 2005. "Acute Care." Pp. 212-247
in Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States (8th edition), edited by Anthony R. Kovner and James R. Knickman. New York: Springer.
- Martin Kitchener, Carol A. Caronna, and Stephen M. Shortell. 2005. “From the Doctor’s
Workshop to the Iron Cage?: Evolving Modes of Physician Control in U.S. Health Systems.”
Social Science & Medicine Volume 60 (March): 1311-1322.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2004. “The Mis-alignment of Institutional 'Pillars'." Part of a
special issue, “Health and Health Care in the United States: Origins and Dynamics”
edited by Donald W. Light and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault. Journal of Health and Social Behavior Volume 45 (Extra Issue): 45-58.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2004. Syllabus and course materials for course entitled “Work and
Occupations.” Pp. 1-17 in Sociology of Work and Occupations (5th ed.), edited by Carol Auster. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2002. Syllabus and course materials for course entitled “Identity
and Organizational Culture”. Pp. 100-110 in Organizational Sociology: A Handbook of Syllabi and other Teaching Resources (2nd
ed.), edited by Donna C. Bird. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
- Carol A. Caronna. 2002. “On Being ‘Professor of the Graduate Students’: Becoming Professionally
Socialized by Socializing Others.” Pp. 29-34 in Ready to Teach: Graduate Teaching Assistants Prepare for Today and Tomorrow, edited by Will Davis, Jan Smith, and Rosslyn Smith. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.
- W. Richard Scott, Martin Ruef, Peter J. Mendel, and Carol A. Caronna. 2000. Institutional Change and Healthcare Organizations: From Professional Dominance to
Managed Care. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Carol A. Caronna and W. Richard Scott. 1999. "Field and Organizational Governance
Structures: The Case of Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Healthcare Field." Pp. 68-86
in Restructuring the Professional Organization: Accounting, Health and Law, edited by David Brock, Michael Powell, and C.R. Hinings. London: Routledge Press.