Texas Tech University

Sociology Faculty

Dr. Cristina Bradatan

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

Areas of Specialization:Migration, Human-environment interaction, Quantitative methods 

Current Research Interests: Climate change adaptation, Highly skilled migration

Website: http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/crbradat

Holden Hall 158A


Dr. Bradatan

Dr. Andrea Button

Assistant Professor of Practice, Sociology
Texas Tech University at Waco
Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2015

Areas of Specialization: Animals & society, social movements, political sociology, reentry & reintegration, criminology, gender, identity

Current Research Interests: Drift car racing; cosplay; women in prison; campus protests

Texas Tech University at Waco
1400 College Dr.
University Center, MAC Building
Waco, TX 76708
Office: FOB 213


Dr. Andrea Button

Dr. Seung-won Emily Choi

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2019

Areas of Specialization: Population health, Aging and life course, Family demography, Quantitative methodology

Current Research Interests: Racial/ethnic disparities in health, Intergenerational relationships, Cognitive health in later life, Global aging

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Choi

Dr. Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal

Associate 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.

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Flores

Dr. Jerome Koch

Interim Associate Chair, SASW

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

Member, Texas Tech University Teaching Academy

Past Associate Chair, SASW Department

Areas of Specialization: Medical sociology, deviance, sociology of religion

Current Research Interests: College students and body modification; religion, mental health, and normative behavior


Bio Page

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Koch

Dr. Carol Lindquist

Assistant Professor of Practice of Sociology
Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2011

Areas of Specialization: Sociologies of Food, Gender, Families and Work, Consumption; Social Psychology; Qualitative and Visual Methods

Current Research Interests: Medicalization of food; power dynamics in close relationships; social/sexual harassment; cultural appropriation and colonization.

Curriculum Vitae

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Carol Lindquist

Dr. Patricia Maloney

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

Sociology Graduate Director

Areas of Specialization: Education, Qualitative methodology, Social Theory

Current Research Interests:Teachers cheating, Teach For America, Charter Schools

Bio Page

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Patricia Maloney

Dr. Natasha H. Pusch

Assistant Professor of Sociology (Criminology)
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2020

Areas of Specialization:  Criminological theory, victimization, juvenile justice

Current Research Interests: Violence in schools, teen dating violence, use of criminological theory to explain victimization, gender differences in adolescence

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Pusch

Dr. Luis Ramirez

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

Areas of Specialization: Intimate partner violence, Race and ethnicity, Criminology

Current Research Interests: Intimate partner violence, Race and ethnicity, Criminology


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Dr. Luis Ramirez (left)

Dr. Andreas Schneider

Associate Professor of Sociology                 
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1997

Areas of Specialization: Social psychology, Symbolic interactionism, Cross-cultural comparative methods

Current Research Interests: Cross-cultural studies, Authority/submission, Visual methods

Website: http://myweb.ttu.edu/aschneid/
Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Martha Smithey

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

Areas of Specialization: Criminology, Family Violence, Research Methods

Current Research Interests: Violence Against Children, Intimate Partner Violence, and Parenting

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Martha Smithey

Dr. Ori Swed

Assistant Professor of Sociology (Criminology)

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2016

Areas of Specialization: Criminology, Peace War and Social Conflict, Political Sociology

Current Research Interests: Privatization of Security, Terrorism, Non-State Actors

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Ori Swed

Dr. Brandon Wagner

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2013

Sociology Undergraduate Director

Areas of Specialization: Demography, Population Health, Family, Quantitative Methods, Bio-Social Interplay

Current Research Interests: Intersection of health and family across the early life course, Use of biomarkers in social research

Bio Page

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Brandon Wagner



Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Dennis

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, TTUHSC
Adjunct Faculty, Sociology

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010

Areas of Specialization: Demography, Population Health, Health Services Research

Current Research Interests: Racial Disparities in birth outcomes, mental health and the criminal justice system, social aspects of emergency medicine.

Curriculum Vitae

4C102 – TTUHSC

Jeff Dennis

Dr. Daniel Jaster

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Eureka College
Adjunct Faculty, Sociology

Ph.D., University Texas at Austin, 2018

Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Jaster

Dr. SaunJuhi Verma

Inqlab Consultancy
Adjunct Faculty, Sociology

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2012

Areas of Specialization: Critical immigration studies, Transnational migration theory, and labor rights from an intersectional lens

Current Research Interests: Surveillance/policing infrastructure and its impact upon migrant rights, broader communities of color, and the establishment of a settler colonial state.

Curriculum Vitae

Saunjuhi Verma