Faculty & Staff

Faculty Members

Bonanno (1)

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno

(Texas State University System Regents' Professor and Distinguished Professor of Sociology)

"Sociology is the science that studies society, but it is also a tool to change it."


Ms. Crystal Brown

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."


Dr. Emily Cabaniss

"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."

Howard Zinn


Ms. Caron Cates

"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead


Dr. Jin Young Choi

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."

- Margaret Mead


Dr. Eugenia Conde-Dudding

"Human life depends not only on income, but also on social opportunities, [for example] what the state does for education."

- Amartya Sen


Dr. Douglas Constance

Director of Undergraduate Studies

"Do not go gently into that good night...Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

- Dylan Thomas


Dr. Furjen Deng

Department Chair

"Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the  person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions." 

- C. Wright Mills


Dr. Karen Douglas

"The philosophers have interpreted the world in different ways. What matters is changing it."

- Karl Marx


Dr. Joseph Gallo

"Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jeffrey Gardner

Dr. Jeffrey Gardner

"The border became for me no longer a boundary line between two countries but rather a space of identity, a way of being." - R. Aída Hernández Castillo

Hatanaka Un

Dr. Maki Hatanaka

"Objectivity is not about dis-engagement, but about mutual and usually unequal structuring, about taking risks in a world where 'we' are permanently mortal, that is, not in 'final control'."

- Donna Haraway

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Dr. TzeLi Hsu

"Vulnerability and inequality are a cumulative process, but there are always ways out."

- Glen H. Elder, Jr.


Dr. Amy Kirk

"The doer alone learneth."

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Konafel Un

Dr. Jason Konefal

Director of Graduate Studies

"For education among all kinds of men [humans] always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent."

 - W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk


Dr. Olena Leipnik

"What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."

- Blackfeet Tribe


Dr. Lee Miller

Associate Chair

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Ms. Haitrieu Nguyen

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

 - Nelson Mandela

April Plemons

Ms. April Plemons

"We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. There is no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely and then act boldly."

 - Eleanor Roosevelt


Dr. Elizabeth Shively

"Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society."

- James Baldwin

Bart Stykes

Dr. James Stykes

"It is my deliberate opinion that the one essential requisite of human welfare, in all ways, is scientific knowledge of human nature."

- Harriet Martineau

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Dr. Melissa Tackett-Gibson

Director of Internships

"We must, then, open the doors to all the poor and all those who are victims...And since we are human beings, we must pay our debt of goodness to our fellow human beings, whatever the cause of their plight." 

- St. Gregory of Nazianzus


Dr. Gene Theodori

"The future never belongs to the youth but belongs to all individuals caught in the cumulation of trivial decisions."

- Bill Burch

Brooklynn Wynveen

Dr. Brooklyn Wynveen

"When we give proper weight to local conditions, any generalization is a working hypothesis, not a conclusion."

- Lee Cronbach, 1975


Dr. Mariah Zimpfer

"The questions isn't who is going to let me, it is who is going to stop me."

- Ayn Rand

Staff Members


Tamara Draper

Assistant to the Chair


Lila Alvarado

Administrative Associate