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Edwin Ackerman
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2016
Political sociology, comparative-historical sociology, Latin-American studies, social theory

Jennifer Flad

Jennifer Flad
Assistant Teaching Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2009
Health and illness, gender and sexuality, sustainability, disability studies, food and food politics


Cecilia A. Green
Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1998
Race, class, gender, Caribbean studies


Madonna Harrington Meyer
Professor, Sociology
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Ph.D., Florida State University, 1991
Social Policy, Aging, Gender, Life Course


Prema Kurien
Professor and Chair, Sociology
Founding Director, Asian/Asian American Studies
Dr. Thomas Tam Visiting Professor (2014-2015), CUNY
Ph.D., Brown University, 1993
Immigrants and immigration, religion, ethnicity, immigrant politics, India

Scott Landes

Scott Landes
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2014
Medical sociology, disability, aging and the life course, veterans


Richard R. Loder
Professor (Non-Tenure Track) Sociology
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1978
Native American issues and policy, race and ethnic relations, social change


Andrew S. London
Associate Dean and Professor, Sociology
Interim Chair, Social Science Program
Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1993
Medical sociology; HIV/AIDS; demography; aging and the life course; families, poverty, welfare, and low-wage work; carework; veterans; LGBT/sexuality studies

Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz
Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Albany, State University of New York, 2002
Race and ethnicity, immigration, bilingualism, educational inequality


Yingyi Ma
Associate Professor, Sociology
Director of Asian/Asian American Studies
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2006
Education, Migration, Asian/Asian American Studies

Shannon Monnat

Shannon Monnat
Associate Professor, Sociology
Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, 2008
Social demography, social determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality, inequality and social stratification


Jennifer Karas Montez
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology
Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar of Aging Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2011
Social demography, social determinants of health, women's health, spatial patterns and trends in mortality

Jackie Orr 2017

Jackie Orr
Associate Professor, Sociology
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1999
Cultural politics and performance; contemporary theory, science, technology, and psychiatry; critical body studies; history and politics of psychopharmaceuticals


Arthur Paris
Associate Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1974
Urban society and policy, race and ethnic relations, science and technology, non-white popular culture

Gretchen Pursar

Gretchen Purser
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2009
Work and labor, urban poverty, law and punishment, housing and homelessness, precarity, social theory, ethnography, community-based action research

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Rebecca Schewe
Assistant Professor, Sociology
O'Hanley Faculty Scholar
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Environmental and natural resource sociology


Nazanin Shahrokni
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 2013
Political sociology, urban studies, Middle East studies, gender


Merril Silverstein
Professor, Sociology and Human Development and Family Science
Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professor in Aging
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1990
Aging, family, intergenerational relationships, demographic, policy and cultural contexts, quantitative methods

Janet Wilmoth2

Janet M. Wilmoth
Professor, Sociology
Director, Aging Studies Institute
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1995
Sociology of aging and the life course, demography, health

Terrell Winder

Terrell Winder
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
Racial and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, education, qualitative methodology, medical sociology, quantitative methodology, urban sociology

Affiliated Faculty

Peter Blanck

Peter Blanck
University Professor
Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute (BBI)
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
Race, ethnicity and disability, disability and law, disability and social policy


Linda Carty
Associate Professor, Sociology by Courtesy Appointment, African American Studies
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1989
Race, class, and gender studies; comparative sociology; international development; post-colonial discourse; Third World feminism


Colleen Heflin
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2002
Social policy, poverty policy, child and family policy

Chandra Mohanty

Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Professor Women’s and Gender Studies
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987
Transnational feminist theory, postcolonial feminism, globalization and anti-capitalist praxis, anti-racist education

Theresa Selfa
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF
Ph.D.; Cornell University, 2001
Political sociology; environmental sociology; rural sociology; sociology of agriculture; sociology of development; qualitative methods; comparative-historical methods

David A. Sonnenfeld
Professor of Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF
Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz, 1996
Environmental sociology; environment, development, and sustainability; sociology of science and technology; East and Southeast Asia; historical and field research methods

Rick Welsh
Professor, Department Chair, Public Health, Food Studies & Nutrition
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1995
Food & Agricultural Policy, Organic Agriculture, Rural Development; Wetland Preservation

Emeriti Faculty

Robert Bogdan
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Syracuse University, 1971
Qualitative methods, special education, disability studies, sociology of difference, visual sociology


Susan R. Borker
Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1971
Quantitative methods, sex and gender, work and labor force issues, health care


Richard G. Braungart
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1969
Political sociology, life course and generational politics, political psychology

Steve Brechin

Steve Brechin
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989
Organizational, political, and environmental sociology


Marjorie DeVault
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1984
Gender studies, qualitative methodology, feminist studies, social interaction

Louis Kriesberg

Louis Kriesberg
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Social Conflict Studies
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1953
Social conflicts, conflict resolution, interstate and intercommunal conflicts, constructive struggles


Julia Loughlin
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1971
Race, class and gender, science and technology

Richard Ratcliff
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison
Political economy, stratification/mobility, conflict resolution, social theory, research methods

Gary Spencer
Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Ph.D. Boston
Dramaturgy, prejudice and discrimination, ethnicity