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Full Time Faculty

Nicole Angotti Assistant Professor CAS - Sociology

Nicole Angotti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on social, cultural and institutional dimensions of health and wellbeing, with particular attention to the

  angotti@american.edu

  (202) 885-2421

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

  bader@american.edu

  (202) 885-2433

Kim Blankenship Associate Dean for Research, CAS CAS - Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research. She previously served

  kim.blankenship@american.edu

  (202) 885-6211

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

  (202) 885-2412

Wendy Davis Research Associate Professor CAS - Dean's Office

Wendy Davis is Research Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Managing Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society (CHRS). Her work focuses on setting, implementing and monitor

  wdavis@american.edu

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

  dondero@american.edu

  (202) 885-1492

Deanna Kerrigan Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Deanna Kerrigan is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center on Health, Risk, and Society at American University. Her research focuses on social and structural factors affecting the

  kerrigan@american.edu

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

  mcdonic@american.edu

  (202) 885-2490

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

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is 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. Professor

  cynthia@american.edu

  (202) 885-3740

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

  (202) 885-2485

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

  pascale@american.edu

  (202) 885-2524

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

  serhan@american.edu

  (202) 885-3383

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

  vidalort@american.edu

  (202) 885-2443

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

  xiao@american.edu

  (202) 885-2426

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

  gyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2254

Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Mindelyn Anderson Professorial Lecturer School of Prof and Extd Studies

Areas of Expertise: Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Organizational Capacity Building, Research and Evaluation MethodsDr. Anderson comes to American University with a background in social science res

  manderso@american.edu

Mustafa Gurbuz Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Mustafa Gurbuz is a political sociologist whose research focuses on political violence and terrorism, conflict resolution, social movements, Muslims in the West, and ethnic/sectarian politics in the M

  gurbuz@american.edu

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

  hyra@american.edu

  (202) 885-2440

Rachel Robinson Associate Professor SIS-School of Intl Service

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

  robinson@american.edu

  (202) 885-1636

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

  echow@american.edu

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

  rstone@american.edu

Sociology Department Staff

Staff 

Michael Murphy Senior Administrative Assistant 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

  mmurph@american.edu

  (202) 885-2475