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Fac LaPointe EleanorTeaching Instructor

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Office: Davison Hall, 042

 

 

Instructor in Sociology who received her Ph.D. from Rutgers in 1991.   Her teaching interests are primarily  in sociological theory, race relations, the sociology of mental health/illness and medical sociology more generally.  As an N.J.-licensed massage therapist, she has been actively involved in holistic health care for over two decades.   In addition to her teaching and involvement in the RU Senate, she is affiliated with Stockton University in southern N.J., where she received her undergraduate degree.

Fac Dowd JeffTeaching Instructor

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Office: Davison Hall, 040

Jeffrey Dowd is an Assistant Instructor in the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University and his BA from Kean University. He teaches a variety of courses at Rutgers including Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Race Relations, and Statistics for Sociology. Jeff has previously taught in the Writing Program and Criminology department at Rutgers as well as in Sociology at Montclair University, Kean University, and Goucher College. His research interests include racial discourse and pedagogy (e.g. teaching styles and student learning preferences). He currently serves on the executive council for Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

 

eviatarProfessor    
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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 five books explored the sociomental shape of the past, the social organization of silence and denial, the social construction of genealogical relatedness, the sociology of inattention, and the phenomenology and semiotics of taken-for-grantedness. He is currently writing a book on formal-sociological theorizing.

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Fac Shepherd HanaAssistant 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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HWhiteLargeProfessor
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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.

Read more: White, Helene Raskin