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Chenyang Xiao Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Xiao earned his MA at University of Toledo, OH, and PhD at Washington State University. His main research interests include environmental beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and public opinion over envi

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Full Time Faculty

Nicole Angotti Assoc Professor CAS - Sociology

Nicole Angotti’s research sits at the nexus of population health and medical sociology. Her work addresses cultural, social, and institutional dimensions of health and wellbeing that produce differenc

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Kim Blankenship Associate Dean for Research, CAS CAS - Sociology

Kim M. Blankenship, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology, Founding Director of the Center on Health, Risk and Society (housed in the department of sociology), Associate Dean

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Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies CAS - Sociology

Ernesto Castañeda is the Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Founding Director of the Immigration Lab, and Graduate Program Director of the MA in Sociology, Research, and Pra

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Steven Dashiell Postdoctoral Fellow CAS - Sociology

Steven Dashiell is an interdisciplinary sociologist who studies language, specifically the nature of discourses in male-dominated subcultures. His work looks at how understood assumptions in language

Molly Dondero Asst Professor CAS - Sociology

Molly Dondero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on how immigration, race/ethnicity, social class, and place contribute to population-level inequality in he

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Michelle Newton-Francis Asst Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Newton-Francis has research interests in deviance, stigma, organizations, gender, and work. She has worked as an applied sociologist for numerous programs funded by the U.S. Departments of Justice

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Alexandra Parrs Sr Professorial Lecturer

Alexandra Parrs, is a French/American Sociologist with a Ph.D. from Paris Diderot University. As an academic, she taught in Burma, the Sultanate of Oman, Egypt, Brussels, Washington, and Paris. Much o

Celine-Marie Pascale Prof Emerita

As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. Her most recent book, Living on the Edge: When Hard Times Become A Way of Life was released in 2021

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David Reznik Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Sociology

David Reznik’s scholarship is at the nexus of contemporary social theory, ethnographic research methods, intersectional identity politics, and 21st-century popular culture/mass media. He has published

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz Assoc Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He coedited two award winning books:

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Tracy Weitz Professor CAS - Sociology

In July 2022, I joined AU as a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Health, Risk, and Society. I also work as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a non-partisan

Gay Young Department Chair, Sociology CAS - Sociology

(Gloria A.) Gay Young has a longstanding focus on gender and development (GAD) which has led her to study a range of issues, including the nature and consequences of women’s labor force participation

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Adjunct and Affiliate Faculty

Rita Jalali Scholar in Residence

Rita Jalali, Ph.D is a sociologist and Scholar in Residence in the Department of Sociology and Center on Health, Risk, and Society (CHRS). Her research has focused on cross-national issues of race and

Erica Lesto Adjunct Instructor CAS - Undergraduate Advising

Erica is a retired Veteran of the United States Army and is an Academic Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences. She has also been an adjunct since Fall of 2019. In the winter, Erica is a profess

Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education SPA - School of Public Affairs

Cynthia Miller-Idriss is a sociologist and professor in the School of Public Affairs and in the School of Education, and runs the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL).Dr. Mille

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Michael Murphy Adjunct Instructor CAS - Sociology

After more than thirty years spent in non-profit administration, I've returned to American where I first worked many, many years ago when I first moved to DC. When not working I'm writing, taking pict

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Chuck Sturtevant Adjunct Professorial Lect

Chuck Sturtevant is a political anthropolgist with research and teaching experience in indigenous studies, Latin American studies, and Latina/o/ studies. Filmmaking was my gateway to academic research

Emerita and Emeritus Faculty

Bette Dickerson Associate Prof Emerita

Bette J. Dickerson has served as Chair of American University’s Department of Sociology, Director of AU Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Chair of its University Diversity Committee. She is past

Russell Stone Prof Emeritus

Russell A. Stone has research and teaching interests that include development, public opinion, social change, Middle Eastern and Third World societies, and environmental sociology. He has published on

Sociology Department Staff


Michael Murphy Adjunct Instructor CAS - Sociology

After more than thirty years spent in non-profit administration, I've returned to American where I first worked many, many years ago when I first moved to DC. When not working I'm writing, taking pict

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