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Dr. Cristina Brãdãţan

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2004

Areas of Specialization: Family and fertility, Migration, Statistical methods

Current Research Interests: Highly educated immigrants in the US and European Union, Migration patterns in the European Union, Cohabitation in Eastern Europe.

Email: cristina.bradatan@ttu.edu
Website: http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/crbradat

Office: Holden Hall 68

 

 

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Dr. Charlotte Dunham

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1989

Areas of Specialization: Sociology of Aging and the Life Course, Family Sociology, Gender and Social Psychology

Current Research Interests: The life course and the family; the long-term effects of political activism on intergenerational relations and life course timing; predictors of political activism; life course and predictors of sexual behavior; grandparents and their relationship with grandchildren; employed women who are caring for family members with dementia.

Email: charlotte.dunham@ttu.edu

Office: Holden Hall 66

 

 

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Dr. Jennifer Dunn

Professor of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1999

Areas of Specialization: Social Psychology, Deviance, Social Problems, Social Movements, Sociology of Emotions, Cultural Sociology, and Victimology

Current Research Interests: Social History of Survivors' Movements in the U.S., Content Analysis of Media Representations of Intimate Violence, Intensive Interviewing of Victim Advocates for a Comparative Study of Advocacy in Community-Based and Criminal Justice Organizations

Email: jennifer.dunn@ttu.edu

Office: Holden Hall 158a

 

Dr. Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Areas of Specialization: Demography, International Migration, Mexico-U.S. Bound Migration, Latina/o Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Social Networks.

Current Research Interests: International migration from El Salvador, migration networks, undocumented youth and education, hyperreality and migration from Latin America, media and undocumented immigration, and the impact of the environment on international and internal migration.

Email: nadia.flores@ttu.edu

Office: Holden Hall 67

 

 

Dr. Jerome Koch

Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994

Areas of Specialization: Health and Well-being, Religion, Deviance, and Body Modification.

Current Research Interests: Clergy and congregational ministries to people with AIDS. Social outreach in religious congregations. College students, tattoos, and body piercing.

Email: jerome.koch@ttu.edu
Website: http://courses.ttu.edu/jkoch/
Curriculum Vitae

Office: Holden Hall 65

 

 

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Dr. Patricia Maloney

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Yale University, 2012

Areas of Specialization: Sociology of Education, Qualitative Methods, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Religion, and Urban Sociology. My current research interests include Teach For America, alternative teacher certification, and teacher mentoring. I also focus on online communities such as those found on pro-anorexia websites. Additionally, I'm researching conservative Christians and their group identities, as well as their views on sexual education.

Email: patricia.maloney@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Office: Holden Hall Room 69

 

Dr. Luis Ramirez

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, 2002

Areas of Specialization: Family, Criminology, Deviance

Current Research Interests: Gender, ethnicity, and religion and intimate partner violence.

Email: l.ramirez@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Office: Holden Hall 161

 

 

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Dr. Alden Roberts

Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1975

Areas of Specialization: Statistics and Methodology, Social Psychology, Intergroup Relations

Current Research Interests: Analysis of religion and College Life Data, Reference groups and religion, deviance and religion, self-efficacy and religion, sociobiology and religion and Vietnamese Refugee data analysis.

Email: alden.roberts@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Office: Holden Hall 63

 

 

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Dr. Andreas Schneider

Associate Professor of Sociology
Member of the Institutional Research Board at TTU
Faculty advisor for the Secular Student Society at TTU
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1997

Areas of Specialization: social psychology, symbolic interactionism, cross-cultural comparative perspective, international management, deviance: violence and sexuality, authoritarianism.

Current Research Interests: Cross-cultural study of emotions and developments in authoritarianism and conservatism; contemporary masculinity; social support of pain management.

Email: andreas.schneider@ttu.edu
Website: http://courses.ttu.edu/aschneid/
Curriculum Vitae

Office: Holden Hall 159

 

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Dr. Yuying Shen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2012

Areas of Specialization: Globalization & Comparative Sociology; Medical Sociology; Social Gerontology; Research Methods & Statistics; Development & Social Change; Sustainable Communities.

Current Research Interests: Longitudinal comparative study of life events, social support and health transition among the aged in different cultural settings; trend analysis of family and community health risk factors for children in different racial groups; social science in context and the universality of social science knowledge; INGOs and environmental justice movements in different countries.

Email: yuying.shen@ttu.edu

Office: Holden Hall 68
Phone: (806) 834-1632

 

Dr. Martha Smithey

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, 1994

Areas of Specialization: Social Science Research Methods and Statistics; Criminology; Family Violence, Gender.

Current Research Interests: Family and intimate partner violence; social measures and the social construction of expectations of intimate partnership and parenting; criminal justice practices for reducing domestic violence; cross-cultural research on parenting; and infant homicide.

Email: m.smithey@ttu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Office: Holden Hall 71

 

 

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Dr. Clare Walsh

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Florida

Areas of Specialization: Intersectionality, Race, Sexuality, Families, Qualitative Methods

Current Research Interests: Intersectionality especially as it impacts the social identities of sexuality and race in the context of families.

Email: clare.walsh@ttu.edu

Office: Holden Hall 64