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Sociology Faculty and Staff


Full Time Faculty

Nicole Angotti Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Nicole Angotti’s research addresses cultural, social, political, and institutional dimensions of health and wellbeing, and focuses on four areas: the differential incorporation of global health interv

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Michael Bader Associate 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 Associate Dean for Research, CAS CAS - Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Sociology, Founding and Acting Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society (housed in the department of sociology), Associate Dean of

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Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Associate 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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Steven Dashiell Postdoctoral Fellow CAS - Sociology

Steven Dashiell is an interdisciplinary sociologist who studies language, specifically the nature of discourses in male-dominated subcultures. His work looks at how understood assumptions in language

Molly Dondero Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Molly Dondero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on how immigration, race/ethnicity, social class, and place contribute to population-level inequality in he

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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 and criminologist whose research focuses on questions related to deviance, stigma, gender, and work. She has worked as an applied sociologist for programs

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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. Her most recent book, Living on the Edge: When Hard Times Become A Way of Life is forthcoming in

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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 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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Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Derek Hyra Professor SPA - Public Admin and Policy

Derek Hyra is a professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, wi

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Rita Jalali Scholar in Residence

Rita Jalali, Ph.D is a sociologist and Scholar in Residence in the Department of Sociology and Center on Health, Risk, and Society (CHRS). Her research has focused on cross-national issues of race and

Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education SPA - School of Public Affairs

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) in the Center for Universit

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Michael Murphy Adjunct Instructor CAS - Sociology

After more than thirty years spent in non-profit administration, I've returned to American where I first worked many, many years ago when I first moved to DC. When not working I'm writing, taking pict

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Emerita and Emeritus Faculty

Esther Chow Prof 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

Bette Dickerson Associate Prof Emerita

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

Russell Stone Prof 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

Sociology Department Staff