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Bliss, Catherine

Catherine BlissAssociate Professor
Davison Hall

Catherine Bliss is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She teaches courses in the sociology of health and illness, and science and technology. She is the author of Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice and Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics

 

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Böröcz, József

Jozsef photo Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 132A

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in classical sociological theory, global structures and change, historical sociology, and historical-comparative methods. His interests include narrative and visual sociologies of historical experiences, politics and performing arts, knowledge and otherness, large-scale (indeed global) transformations, and intersections of political economy, geopolitics, coloniality, ethics, aesthetics and power.

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Brechin, Steven

Fac Brechin StevenProfessor
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Office: Davison Hall, 133

Professor and Graduate Director of Sociology, his teaching and research interests include organizations, politics, public opinion, and the environment.  As a comparative sociologist, Steve explores social phenomenon from local to global levels of analyses.  

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Brooks, Ethel

brooks thumbAssociate Professor
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Office: 132 George Street
Office Phone: 732-445-7395

Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, teaches courses in comparative and historical sociology, globalization and postcolonial social formations.  Her research interests include the sociology of gender and labor, critical political economy, globalization, social movements, feminist theory, gender and development, consumption, comparative sociology, Central American studies, South Asian studies, nationalism, post-coloniality and critical race theory.  She is currently finishing a book on transnational organizing in the garment industry with a focus on Dhaka , San Salvador and New York City.

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Bzostek, Sharon

BzostekAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 135

Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests focus on recent changes in family demography and their consequences for child and family well-being, childhood and family inequality, and social disparities in health and health care.

   

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Cerulo, Karen A.

CeruloProfessor
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Office: Davison Hall, 130

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in culture, media, social interaction, social deviance, and statistics.  She has authored several books and articles in the areas of culture and cognition, symbol systems and meaning, media and technology, social change, decision making, identity construction, and measurement techniques.  Cerulo just completed a study on olfactory meaning and she is currently in the field on a book length project entitled Dreams of a Lifetime: Society, Culture and Our Wishful Imaginings

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Chaudhary, Ali R.

Fac Chaudhary AliAssistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 132B

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dr. Chaudhary conducts research on race, immigration, organizations, and music. His scholarship examines how group-level markers (e.g. race, ethnicity, religion, etc.) correspond with categorical inequalities for immigrants and minority groups across the Global North. Recent scholarship examines the effects of stigma and geopolitical contexts on civic engagement and immigrant-led nonprofits. In his latest work, Chaudhary draws on the sociology of race and immigration to interrogate the production and performance of music in the 21st century.

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Clarke, Lee

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Office: Davison Hall, 113

Professor of Sociology, writes about organizations, failure, disaster, risk communication, and the boundaries between politics and science. His last work, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. Clarke is currently writing a book about how science and politics meet, and don’t meet, regarding the loss of America’s wetlands and the idea of “coastal restoration.”  

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Covington, Jeanette

default photoAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 114
Office Phone: 848-932-7693

Associate Professor of Sociology teaches courses on crime and drugs. Her current research examines how crime figures in the construction of race. In the past few years, she has had several articles published on how criminologists assign meaning to the construct of blackness in their analyses of race differences in crime. She also examines these issues in greater detail in her book titled Crime and Racial Constructions. Not only does the book take a look at how criminologists create racial images, it also considers how many of these same images of criminal blacks are disseminated in popular culture by Hollywood and other media.

  

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Davidson, Thomas

dinzey thumbAssistant Professor

Davison Hall

Thomas Davidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2020. His research interests include political sociology, social movements, and the sociology of culture. Much of his research uses digital trace data from social media and other websites in combination with computational methods including natural language processing and machine-learning.

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Dinzey-Flores, Zaire

dinzey thumbAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 119

Associate Professor in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Sociology, teaches courses on urbanism, Caribbean societies and development, race and ethnicity, and research methods. Her research interests are in the areas of urbanism, space and place, the built environment, race and ethnicity, social inequality, mixed-method research, criminal justice, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and African Diaspora. She is currently working on a book that examines the social impacts of gates in public and private housing in Puerto Rico.  

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Dowd, Jeffrey

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Office: Davison Hall, 040

Jeffrey Dowd is an Assistant Instructor in the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University and his BA from Kean University. He teaches a variety of courses at Rutgers including Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Race Relations, and Statistics for Sociology. Jeff has previously taught in the Writing Program and Criminology department at Rutgers as well as in Sociology at Montclair University, Kean University, and Goucher College. His research interests include racial discourse and pedagogy (e.g. teaching styles and student learning preferences). He currently serves on the executive council for Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

Friedman, Brittany

Picture Brittany FriedmanAssistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall 043

Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in punishment and social control, criminology, and racial inequality. Her research focuses on race and prison order, penal policy, and the intersections between institutions and monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system. She is currently finishing a book about the institutionalization of control strategies designed to eradicate Black political protest and the resulting consequences for the prison social system.

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Gerson, Judith

gersonAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 139
Office Phone: 848-932-7804

Associate Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in collective memory, immigration, the aftermath of catastrophe, narrative, and gender. Her primary areas of interest include forced migration and the Holocaust, collective memory, narrative, gender, and contemporary social theory. Currently she is completing a book manuscript tentatively titled, By Thanksgiving We Were Americans: German Jewish Refugees and Holocaust Memory, which relies on memoirs, diaries and testimonies to unravel the complexities of how those who lived recall their past.  

  

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Hirschfield, Paul

PHirschfieldAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 038

Associate Professor of Sociology and faculty affiliate of the Criminal Justice Program, teaches criminology, punishment and social control, and juvenile justice. His theoretical and empirical work focuses on social control and criminalization in relation to schools and policing. His current research centers on the expansion of positive and restorative alternatives to exclusionary discipline and school-based arrests and the organizational and legal control of deadly force by police.

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Jones, Leslie Kay

leslie crop for site1Assistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 131

Leslie Kay Jones is an Assistant Professor of Sociology focusing on social movements, digital media, race and gender. She teaches qualitative and computer assisted research methods, particularly digital ethnography and content analysis. Leslie’s recent article, BlackLivesMatter: An Analysis of the Movement as Social Drama, proposes a theoretical model for the role of the Black Twitter counterpublic in mediating the frames of #BlackLivesMatter protests.

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Kempner, Joanna

kempner 2018Associate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 134

Joanna Kempner, associate professor of sociology, works at the intersection of medicine, science, gender, and the body. Kempner investigates the production of knowledge and ignorance as cultural work, inscribed with and shaped by tacit assumptions about social relations across gender, race, and class. Her award-winning book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health (Chicago 2014), examines the social values embedded in the way we talk about, understand, and make policies for people in pain. She is currently writing a book about citizen scientists who use psychedelic medicine to treat pain. She teaches courses on social problems, health and illness, and the sociology of the body.

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Krivo, Lauren J.

 

Fac Krivo LaurenProfessor
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Office: Davison Hall, 111

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in race, crime, and community and in statistics for sociology. Her research focuses on race-ethnic differences in neighborhood crime, patterns and consequences of segregation, and spatial inequality. Her book with Ruth D. Peterson Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2010. She is currently examining patterns and sources of changing neighborhood inequality in crime after 2000 based on the second wave of the National Neighborhood Crime Study conducted with Christopher J. Lyons and María B. Vélez.

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LaPointe, Eleanor

Fac LaPointe EleanorAssistant Teaching Professor

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Office: Davison Hall, 042

 

 

Instructor in Sociology who received her Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1991.   Her teaching interests are primarily  in sociological theory, race relations, the sociology of mental health/illness and medical sociology more generally.  As an N.J.-licensed massage therapist, she has been actively involved in holistic health care for over two decades.   In addition to her teaching and involvement in the RU Senate, she is affiliated with Stockton University in southern N.J., where she received her undergraduate degree.

Lee, Catherine

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Office: Davison Hall, 141
Office Phone: 848-932-7807

Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching areas include race and ethnicity, gender, politics, immigration, law and society, and science and medicine. She is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History.

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Lei, Lei

Lei LeiAssistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 039

 

Assistant Professor of sociology. Her broad research and teaching interests include health, family, demography, and urban sociology. She has studied the impact of neighborhood environments on the health and well-being of children and adults. Her current research focuses on how male-absence due to out-migration influences the health of left-behind wives and children, as well as the determinants and consequences of young adults’ coresidence with parents. 

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MacKendrick, Norah

mackendrickAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall,  Room107

Associate Professor of Sociology, studies and teaches in the areas of environmental health, gender, science & technology studies, and medical sociology.  Author of Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics (University of California Press, 2018).

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Mai, Quan

Mai QuanAssistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 049

Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Mai’s research and teaching interests include work & occupations, social stratification, social movements, research methods, and environmental sociology. His scholarship focuses on how a range of social relations—including employment relations, race-ethnic relations, state regulatory capacity, and social movements—combine in the economy, polity, and in urban spaces to influence processes of social stratification. His current projects explore various consequences of nonstandard employment for workers’ labor market outcomes and socioeconomic well-being.

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McLean, Paul

FAC McLean PaulProfessor
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Office: Davison Hall, 133

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses on sociological theory, network analysis, political and economic sociology, and the sociology of culture. One main line of research explores the relationship between social network structure and cultural practices and schemata. The Art of the Network (Duke UP, 2007) treated this relationship by examining political patronage networks and letter-writing in Renaissance Florence. His second book, Culture in Networks (Polity, 2017), explores various ways in which culture and networks intersect across sundry aspects of social life. Other interests include politics in early modern states, the network organization of the Renaissance economy, Adam Smith's social theory, and the culture of videogaming. 

   

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Phillips, Julie

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Office: Davison Hall, 101C

Professor and Chair of Sociology, specializing in demography and its intersection with health outcomes and different forms of lethal violence. Her current research examines the sharp increase in suicide in the United States and how and why suicide risk varies over the life course and across birth cohorts.  Professor Phillips teaches courses in population studies, health, research methods, statistics, and criminology.    

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Salime, Zakia

SalimeAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 137
Office Phone: 848-932-7798

Zakia Salime teaches courses in feminist theory, gender, globalization, contemporary social theory, social movements, postcolonial theory. Salime’s book: Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011) illustrates this interplay of global regimes of rights and local discourses by exploring the spaces of encounters of liberal feminism and Islamism in Morocco.  Her co-edited volume Freedom Without Permission: Bodies and Spaces in the Arab Revolutions (Duke, 2016) explores how bodies, subjectivities and memories were constituted and constitutive of sexed and gendered spaces during the North African and Middle Easter Uprisings of 2011. Salime’s current book manuscript explores global extractive modes of governance through the study of land-and-resource-grab in Morocco. The study unpacks the nexus of law, power, gender, and capital through attending to peasant populations' quotidian dealing with the state and its regimes of legality, citizenship, inclusion and exclusion.  Salime publications encompass a wide range of interests including urban youth protests and music, Islamophobia, war and racial politics in the U.S.

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Shepherd, Hana

Fac Shepherd HanaAssistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 037

Assistant Professor of Sociology. Shepherd teaches classes in interventions and social change, organizations, and culture. She studies how social networks, social norms and group processes, culture, and organizations facilitate or impede social change. She is currently working on a series of projects on the enforcement of local labor law, and on social networks and low-wage work.

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Springer, Kristen W.

Fac Springer KristenAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 040

Associate Professor of Sociology, conducts research on gender, health, families, and aging. She is currently engaged in three broad research projects: 1) the gendered health effect of marital income across the life course, 2) the influence of masculinity ideals on men’s healthcare seeking behaviors, and 3) the interactive influence of biology and social environment for understanding gendered health. Professor Springer teaches advanced research methods, sociology of the family, and classes on incorporating biology and the social environment.

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Zerubavel, Eviatar

 

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Office: Davison Hall, 131

Professor Zerubavel is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Sociology. He teaches courses in cognitive sociology, sociology of time, and sociological theory. His latest six books explored the sociomental shape of the past, the social organization of silence and denial, the social construction of genealogical relatedness, the sociology of inattention, the phenomenology and semiotics of taken-for-grantedness, and the notion of a concept-driven sociology. He is currently writing a book on the phenomenology of distance.

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