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Paul McLean
Chair
Office: Davison Hall, 101C
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Telephone: 848-932-7620

Steven Brechin
Graduate Director
Office: Davison Hall, 101B
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Telephone: 848-932-7618

Kristen Springer
Undergraduate Director
Office: Davison Hall, 101A
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Telephone: 848-932-6467

   

Böröcz, József

Jozsef Borocz Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 132A

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in economic sociology, global structures, classical sociological theory, and comparative-historical methods. His scholarly interests include the sociology of large-scale structural change, the European Union as a global actor, and intersections of political economy, geopolitics and representational power.

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Brechin, Steven

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Office: Davison Hall, 133

Professor and Graduate Director of Sociology, his teaching and research interests include organizational, political and environmental sociology, including the sociology of biodiversity conservation and Climate change.  His current research can be organized into four broadly interrelated projects.  

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Brooks, Ethel

brooks thumbAssociate Professor
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Office: 132 George Street
Office Phone: 732-445-7395

Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, teaches courses in comparative and historical sociology, globalization and postcolonial social formations.  Her research interests include the sociology of gender and labor, critical political economy, globalization, social movements, feminist theory, gender and development, consumption, comparative sociology, Central American studies, South Asian studies, nationalism, post-coloniality and critical race theory.  She is currently finishing a book on transnational organizing in the garment industry with a focus on Dhaka , San Salvador and New York City.

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Bzostek, Sharon

BzostekAssistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 135

Assistant Professor, currently teaches courses on social demography and advanced research methods. Her research interests focus on recent changes in family demography and their consequences for child and family well-being, as well as social disparities in health and health care.

   

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Carr, Patrick

pcarrAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 109
Office Phone: 848-932-7631

Carr writes about urban crime and policing, youth and informal social control, and the transition to adulthood. His most recent books are Coming of Age in America: the Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century (University of California  Press, 2011)  and  Hollowing Out the Middle: the Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America (Beacon, 2009) and his current research focuses on youth experiences with crime, danger and the police, and on the experiences of law enforcement with the so-called Stop Snitching phenomenon.

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Cerulo, Karen A.

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Office: Davison Hall, 130

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in culture, media, social interaction, social deviance, and statistics.  She has authored several books and articles in the areas of culture and cognition, symbol systems and meaning, media and technology, social change, decision making, identity construction, and measurement techniques.  Cerulo just completed a study on olfactory meaning and she is currently in the field on a book length project entitled Dreams of a Lifetime: The Sociocultural Side of our Wishful Imaginings.

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Chaudhary, Ali R.

Assistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 041

Assistant Professor of Sociology. Ali’s research interests lie at the intersection of international migration and political sociology with an emphasis on comparative immigration studies. He teaches courses on international migration, immigration in the United States and social science research methods. His research investigates the interactions between globalization and international migration as manifested in transnational civil society organizations, electoral politics and processes of ethno-racial stigmatization.

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Clarke, Lee

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Office: Davison Hall, 113

Professor of Sociology, writes about organizations, failure, disaster, risk communication, and the boundaries between politics and science. His last work, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. Clarke is currently writing a book about how science and politics meet, and don’t meet, regarding the loss of America’s wetlands and the idea of “coastal restoration.”

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Covington, Jeanette

Associate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 114
Office Phone: 848-932-7693

Associate Professor of Sociology teaches courses on crime and drugs. Her current research examines how crime figures in the construction of race. In the past few years, she has had several articles published on how criminologists assign meaning to the construct of blackness in their analyses of race differences in crime. She also examines these issues in greater detail in her book titled Crime and Racial Constructions. Not only does the book take a look at how criminologists create racial images, it also considers how many of these same images of criminal blacks are disseminated in popular culture by Hollywood and other media.

  

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Dinzey-Flores, Zaire

dinzey thumbAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 119

Associate Professor in Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Sociology, teaches courses on urbanism, Caribbean societies and development, race and ethnicity, and research methods. Her research interests are in the areas of urbanism, space and place, the built environment, race and ethnicity, social inequality, mixed-method research, criminal justice, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, and African Diaspora. She is currently working on a book that examines the social impacts of gates in public and private housing in Puerto Rico.  

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Gerson, Judith

gersonAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 139
Office Phone: 848-932-7804

Associate Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in the sociology of gender and feminist theories. Her primary areas of interest include the sociology of gender, work, identities, and contemporary social theory. Stemming in part from her interests in feminist theories of identity, recently she has initiated an interdisciplinary study of German Jewish immigrant identities, which focuses on identity practices among German Jews who settled in New York City between 1933 and 1945.    

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Hansell, Stephen

hansell1Associate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 101A
Office Phone: 609-203-2830

Associate Professor of Sociology, teaches courses on the sociology of medicine and health care, research methods, and statistics. He is interested in medical sociology, social networks, globalization, and the sociology of science.  His current research is about the effects of managed care on adolescents.

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Hirschfield, Paul

phirschfieldAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 038

Associate Professor of Sociology and faculty affiliate of the Criminal Justice Program, teaches criminology, punishment and social control, and juvenile justice. His theoretical and empirical work focuses on the social control of youth in the contexts of schools and the justice system, which includes research on the consequences of social intervention. His current research centers on the reintegration of youth from correctional facilities into schools and on the social and behavioral impact of the criminalization of urban youth.

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Horwitz, Allan V.

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Office: Health Institute

Board of Governors and Distinguished Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in mental health and illness and the sociology of normality and abnormality. His research interests are in the areas of social definitions of mental illness, medicalization, and the impact of social roles on mental health. He is currently working on a book that examines the interplay of cultural and biological factors on conceptions of normality and abnormality.    

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Kempner, Joanna

kempnerAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 043

Associate Professor of Sociology, is currently teaching courses on social problems and sociology of the body.  Her research interests include the sociology of science, medicine, culture, gender and the body. She is writing a book that examines the failure of headache disorders to be taken seriously as a social problem and a series of articles that explore the circumstances under which knowledge is not produced.

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Krivo, Lauren J.

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Office: Davison Hall, 101B

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in crime and community, race and ethnicity, and statistics. Her research focuses on race-ethnic differences in neighborhood crime, patterns and consequences of race-ethnic and economic segregation, and spatial inequality. Her book with Ruth D. Peterson Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide was published by the Russell Sage Foundation in summer 2010. She is the co-founder of The Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network which seeks to broaden participation and perspectives in crime and justice research.    

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Lee, Catherine

lee smallAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 141
Office Phone: 848-932-7807

Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching areas include race and ethnicity, gender, politics, immigration, law and society, and science and medicine. She is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History.

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Litt, Jacquelyn

Jackie LittProfessor
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Professor of Sociology

   

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MacKendrick, Norah

MacKendrick 2016Assistant Professor 
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Office: Davison Hall, 107

Assistant Professor of Sociology, works and teaches in the areas of environmental sociology, gender, and political sociology. She studies the shift toward green consumption in response to growing public awareness of chemical "body burdens."

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McLean, Paul

mcleanAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 101C
Office Phone: 848-932-7620

Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, teaches courses on network analysis, sociological theory, political sociology, economic sociology, and the sociology of culture. One main line of research explores the relationship between social network structure and cultural practices and schemata. His first book, (Duke University Press, 2007), treats this relationship by examining political patronage networks and letter-writing in Renaissance Florence. A forthcoming book explores various ways in which culture and social networks intersect across sundry aspects of social life. Other research interests include politics in early modern Poland, the network organization of the Renaissance economy, Adam Smith's social theory, and the culture of videogaming.


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Mechanic, David

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Office: Health Institute
Office Phone: 732-932-8415

Mechanic is the René Dubos University Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. His research and writing deal with social aspects of health and health care.

   

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Phillips, Julie

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Office: Davison Hall, 039

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in population studies, health, research methods, statistics, and criminology. Her current research examines age, time period, and cohort patterns of death from suicide in the United States, with an emphasis on understanding the rising rates of suicide among middle-aged Baby Boomers.    

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Roos, Patricia A.

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Office: Davison Hall, 115

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in the sociology of work; inequalities; work, family, and politics; sociological writing; research methods; and graduate advanced methods/statistics. Three research projects currently occupy her time: occupational sex segregation since 2000; gender equity in higher education; and  race, class, and gender differences in work/family behavior and attitudes.

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Rosenfield, Sarah

Sarah RosenfieldAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 134
Office Phone: 848-932-7688

Associate Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in the self, gender, mental health, and in writing. In her own research, she is particularly interested in the role of self in mental health and how race/ethnicity, class, and gender shape the self and mental health problems. She is also involved in research on services, stigma, and quality of life of people with chronic mentally illness.

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Salime, Zakia

SalimeAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 137
Office Phone: 848-932-7798

Associate Professor in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, teaches courses in comparative feminism(s), gender, globalization, social movements, international inequalities and postcoloniality. Her research interests include, race, empire, the political economy of the "war on terror", development policies, Islamic societies and movements, Middle East and US relations. Salime’s book: Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota, 2011) illustrates this interplay of global regimes of rights and local alternatives, by looking at the interactions among the feminist and the Islamist women’s movements.

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Shepherd, Hana

Shepherd 1Assistant Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 126

Assistant Professor of Sociology. Shepherd teaches classes in interventions and social change, organizations, and culture. She studies how social networks, social norms, culture, and organizations facilitate or impede social change. Her current projects are based on an intervention and research program— the Roots Program— that used a field experiment and longitudinal social network measures in 56 New Jersey middle schools to examine how to improve school climate in terms of peer harassment and conflict.

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Smith, D. Randall

DRSmithAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 037
Office Phone: 848-932-7797

Associate Professor of Sociology is currently conducting research on the indirect benefits of big-time intercollegiate athletics for colleges and universities. Over the years his research interests have also included labor markets, social networks, criminal careers and criminal sentencing, and bias and inequality in performance evaluations. He has taught a variety of statistics courses and sociology of sport at the graduate level.

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Springer, Kristen W.

springer picAssociate Professor
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Office: Davison Hall, 040

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director of Sociology, conducts research on gender, health, families, and aging. She is currently engaged in three broad research projects: 1) the gendered health effect of marital income across the life course, 2) the influence of masculinity ideals on men’s healthcare seeking behaviors, and 3) the interactive influence of biology and social environment for understanding gendered health. Professor Springer teaches advanced research methods, sociology of the family, and classes on incorporating biology and the social environment.

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Stein, Arlene

steinProfessor
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Office: Davison Hall, 045

Professor of Sociology, teaches courses on the individual and society, sexuality, culture, and religion. She has written extensively about sexual politics, the cultural construction of identities, and social movements, and is very interested in bridging academic and popular writing.    

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White, Helene Raskin

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Office: Alcohol Studies
Office Phone: 732-445-3579

Distinguished Professor in the Sociology Department and the Center of Alcohol Studies.  Her research focuses on the comorbidity of substance use, crime, violence, and mental health problems in community and high-risk samples. She also evaluates drug prevention interventions for college students.

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Zerubavel, Eviatar

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Office: Davison Hall, 131

Professor Zerubavel is Board of Governors and Distinguished Professor of Sociology. He teaches courses in cognitive sociology, sociology of time, social memory, and sociological theory. His latest four books explored the sociomental shape of the past, the social organization of silence and denial, the social construction of genealogical relatedness, and the sociology of inattention. He is currently writing a book on the sociology of taken-for-grantedness.

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