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Summer 2012: SASW Welcomes Professor Jennifer Dunn as Chair

The Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work (SASW) department is excited to welcome Professor Jennifer L. Dunn to the faculty. Dr. Dunn was hired after a national search last year and became the new chair of the department on August 1, 2012. Dr. Dunn received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis. Her research interests are the social construction of victimization and agency, survivors' movements in the contemporary U.S., victim advocacy, adoption reform, and, more generally, the sociology of social problems, social movements, identity and emotions. She has written two award-winning books and published in a variety of sociology journals. Prior to joining Texas Tech University, Dr. Dunn was the Chair of the Department of Sociology at Southern Illinois University for a year, after serving as Director of Graduate Studies for four years. She takes over the chair’s seat from Professor Yung mei Tsai, who is retiring from TTU after 39 years of service, the last two as interim chair of SASW.