What is a Third Culture Kid?

“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.”... (more)

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Dr. Ruth Hill Useem
Professional Services

North Central Sociological Association; President; Vice President and Program Chair; Council Member; Chair of the Committee on Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award

American Sociological Association: Council Member; Chair, Committee on the Development of World Sociology; Vice-Chair, Section on the Sociology of World Conflicts; Member of the Nominations Committee, Committee on Committees, Committee on the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award; ASA Liaison to Section K (social sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

American Anthropological Association: Committee on Anthropological Studies of School and Culture

Society for the Study of Social Problems: Co-Chair of the Committee to select the Outstanding Publication for the C. Wright Mills Award

Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research: Council Member; Research Advisory Board; Publications Committee; Editorial Board for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations

International Society for Educational, Cultural and Scientific Interchange: Program Committee; Chair, Nominations Committee

Sociologists for Women in Society

Association for Women in International Development

American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Committee on the Role of Scientific and Engineering Societies in Development of Africa; Member of Section Committee K (Social, Economic and Political Sciences)



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