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Full Time Faculty

Nicole Angotti Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Nicole Angotti is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Assistant Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). Her research focuses on social, cultural and institutional

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Michael Bader Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Michael Bader studies how cities and neighborhoods have evolved since the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He links long-term patterns of neighborhood racial change to the ways that race and class

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Kim Blankenship Professor CAS - Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society at American University and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Co

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Andrea Malkin Brenner Assistant Professor Provost, Office of the

Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner (she/her/hers) serves at the Director of the American University Experience (AUx), the designer of the AUx1 curriculum, and an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She has been

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Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in

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Bette Dickerson Associate Professor Emerita CAS - Sociology

Bette J. Dickerson has served as Chair of American University’s Department of Sociology, Director of AU Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Chair of its University Diversity Committee. She is past

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Susan McDonic Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Susan McDonic's research interests include contemporary religious movements, international development, Africa, Asia and globalization. Specifically she has studied one of the world’s largest developm

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Michelle Newton-Francis Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist whose research focuses on questions related to labor and work. She has worked as an applied sociologist for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Justi

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Celine-Marie Pascale Professor CAS - Sociology

As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently studying the lived experience of poverty in rural and urban communities in the U.S

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Randa Serhan Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Randa Serhan is a political sociologist who is interested in immigrant communities, nationalism, and citizenship. She began graduate school in Canada where she was interested in gender and law. Since

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Salvador Vidal-Ortiz Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He coedited two award winning books: The Sexuality of Migration, and Queer

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Chenyang Xiao Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Xiao earned his MA at University of Toledo, OH, and PhD at Washington State University. His main research interests include environmental beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and public opinion over envi

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Gay Young Department Chair, Sociology CAS - Sociology

(Gloria A.) Gay Young has a longstanding focus on gender and development (GAD) which has led her to study a range of issues, including the nature and consequences of women’s labor force participation

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Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Mindelyn Anderson Professorial Lecturer School of Prof & Extd Studies

Dr. Anderson comes to American University with a background in social science research, teaching, and evaluation practice. More recently, she completed a Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity

Derek Hyra Associate Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and

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Cynthia Miller-Idriss Associate Professor of Education and Sociology CAS - School of Education

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Associate Professor of Education and Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education.

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Rachel Robinson Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the global health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education. Her book, I

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Emerita and Emeritus Faculty

Esther Chow Professor Emerita

Esther Ngan-ling Chow has a wide range of teaching and research interests that span from the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality; work and family; social inequality and ju

Russell Stone Professor Emeritus

Russell A. Stone has research and teaching interests that include development, public opinion, social change, Middle Eastern and Third World societies, and environmental sociology. He has published on