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Full-Time Faculty

  1. Nicole Angotti, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Nicole Angotti is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Assistant Director of AU’s Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). Her research centers on three areas: 1) the differential incorporation of global health norms, policies and… More

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    (202) 885-2421

  2. 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 influence the housing search process. He has deve… More

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    (202) 885-2433

  3. Kim Blankenship, Department Chair, Sociology

    CAS - Sociology

    Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor and Chair 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 Core of the District of Columbia Center fo… More

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    (202) 885-6211

  4. Andrea Malkin Brenner, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Andrea Brenner is a sociologist and Director of University College, AU’s oldest and largest living-learning community. She joined the Department of Sociology faculty in 1999 and also serves as the Department’s Undergraduate Advisor and Internship Coo… More

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    (202) 885-2478

  5. 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 the U.S. and Western Europe. He has conducted sur… More

    (202) 885-2412

  6. Bette Dickerson, Associate Professor

    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 President of the Association of Black Sociologists… More

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    (202) 885-2479

  7. 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 development organizations: World Vision, a faith based org… More

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    (202) 885-2490

  8. Michelle Newton-Francis, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist whose research focuses on questions related to gender, the production of culture, work, and body and embodiment. She is currently working on two projects. The first examines how organizations capitalize on… More

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    (202) 885-2485

  9. Celine-Marie Pascale, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

    CAS - Dean's Office

    As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently engaged in a study of the discursive production of risk in US media accounts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Through a sy… More

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    (202) 885-2524

  10. 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 then she has worked on PTSD in post-conflict Leban… More

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    (202) 885-3383

  11. Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, Associate Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, and religion, and is interdisciplinary. Aside from the award winning book The Sexuality of Migration, and current completion of his book manuscript about sexual minorities in… More

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    (202) 885-2443

  12. 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 environmental issues. He is also interested in applied… More

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    (202) 885-2426

  13. Gay Young, Professor

    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 in neo-colonial societies – in Mexico, in particul… More

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    (202) 885-2254

Adjunct & Affiliate Faculty

  1. Monica Biradavolu, Scholar in Residence

    CAS - Sociology

    Monica Biradavolu joined AU in 2010 and is affiliated to the Department of Sociology and the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Duke University and a BA in Sociology from Delhi University. She has previously … More

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    (202) 895-4971

  2. Yvonne Fulbright, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  3. Derek Hyra, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, metropolitan politics, and race. Dr. Hyra is the… More

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    (202) 885-2440

  4. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Cynthia Miller-Idriss joins the ITEP faculty in August 2013 after having served on the faculty in the International Education Program at New York University since 2003, most recently as the Program Director. Professor Miller-Idriss earned her bachelo… More

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    (202) 885-3740

  5. Rita Jalali, Scholar in Residence

  6. Rachel Robinson, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Robinson is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on the politics of population, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. She has studied the process of population policy adoption, the emergence of reproductive heal… More

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    (202) 885-1636