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Faculty & Staff

The Department of Sociology had its beginnings in 1940 when the University offered a concentration in sociology.  Since then, the Sociology Department has been committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service.

Our research driven faculty help students to develop a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of complex social issues. That includes social inequalities, injustice, unequal distribution of wealth, poverty and the social macro forces behind these phenomena in an increasingly era of globalization and a transnational way of life.

Due to COVID-19, all faculty have transitioned to virtual office hours until further notice.  Please contact individual faculty to get special instructions, if any, to schedule your appointment virtually.

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Audrey N. Beck

Audrey N. Beck

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor, Ph.D., Duke University

Research interests: Health, Stratification, Family, Education, Demography, Immigration, Research Methods, Statistics

Timothy C. Brown

Timothy C. Brown

Associate Professor & Graduate Advisor, Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Research interests: Sub-cultures and Crime, Rural crime, Social Deviance, Criminological Theory

Monica J. Casper

Monica J. Casper

Professor & Dean, College of Arts & Letters, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Research interests: Women's health, reproduction, feminist STS, qualitative methods, trauma studies, critical animal studies, disability studies, and environmental studies

Jung Min Choi

Jung Min Choi

Professor, Ph.D., York University, Toronto

Research interests: Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Organization, Political Sociology

Jill Esbenshade

Jill Esbenshade

Professor & Director, Center for Community Research and Engagement, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Research interests: Ethnic Studies Minority Groups, Immigration, Global Economy, Labor and the Apparel Industry, Gender

Joseph Gibbons

Joseph Gibbons

Associate Professor, Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

Research interests: Urban Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Organizations, Health Disparities, Mixed Methods, Spatial Analysis

Hank Johnston

Hank Johnston

Professor & Hansen Chair of Peace and Nonviolence Studies, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Research interests: Social movements and contentious politics, ethnonationalist movements, mobilization processes

Minjeong Kim

Minjeong Kim

Associate Professor & Department Chair, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY

Research interests: Gender, family and international migration, Asian American studies and the media

Ruth X. Liu

Ruth X. Liu

Professor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Research interests: Deviance and Crime, At-Risk Youth, Social Psychology, Quantitative Methods

Enrico Marcelli

Enrico Marcelli

Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Southern California

Research interests: Migration, Health, Urban Sociology, Demography

Michael McCall

Michael McCall

Associate Professor, Ph.D., Washington University (St. Louis)

Research interests: Social Theory, Social Issues, Gender Roles

Norma Ojeda

Norma Ojeda

Professor Emerita, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Research interests: Demography, Family, Reproductive Health, Gender, U.S.-Mexico Border Studies

Erika Robb Larkins

Erika Robb Larkins

Associate Professor & Director, Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Research interests: violence and inequality in urban settings, Brazil

Michael J. Roberts

Michael J. Roberts

Professor & Advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center

Research interests: social theory, labor studies, popular culture, critical theory, social movements and sociology of music

Norah Shultz

Norah Shultz

Professor & Director of Inclusive Curriculum, Division of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Research Interests: Higher Education Curriculum, Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education

Luciano N. Cruz

Luciano N. Cruz

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Darwin Fishman

Darwin Fishman

Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park

Melodie Hallett

Melodie Hallett

Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Jennifer C. Tillman

Jennifer C. Tillman

Ph.D., University of Albany, SUNY, School of Art and Science (in process)

Amy Wong

Amy Wong

M.A., University of California, Irvine

Francine Vasquez

Francine Vasquez

Department Coordinator

Monica Cortez

Monica Cortez

Administrative Support Assistant

 

Bloomberg, Jr., Warner
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Buck, Robert
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Chandler, Shelly
Professor Emerita, Ph.D.

Cottrell, Ann
Professor Emerita, Ph.D.

El-Assal, Mohamed
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Emerick, Robert
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Gay, Phillip
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Gillette, Thomas
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Hill, Jr., Richard 
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Hohm, Chuck F.
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Hough, Richard
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Ima, Kenji
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Kolody, Bohdan
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Preston, David
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Sandlin, Joann
Professor Emerita Ph.D.

Scheck, Dennis
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Schulze, Rolf
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Stephenson, III, John
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Winslow, Robert
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Zhang, Sheldon
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Faculty with emeriti status but still teaching are listed above in the Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors section.