Faculty & Staff

Faculty Members

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno

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

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno

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

Dr. Emily Cabaniss

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

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

Dr. Jin Young Choi

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich 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. Doug Constance

(Director of Undergraduate Studies)

Dr. Doug Constance

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

Dr. Furjen Deng

(Department Chair)

Dr. Furjen Deng

"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

Dr. Karen Douglas

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

Dr. Michael Fortunato

Dr. Michael Fortunato

"Thinking is easy, and it's inexpensive, so THINK BIG." - Bill Lawrence

Dr. Maki Hatanaka

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

Dr. Tze-Li Hsu

Dr. Tze-Li Hsu

"Vulnerability and inequality are a cumulative process, but there are always ways out." - Glen H. Elder, Jr.

Dr. Amy Kirk

Dr. Amy Kirk

"The doer alone learneth." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Dr. Jason Konefal

(Director of Graduate Studies)

Dr. Jason Konefal

"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. Shannon Lane

Dr. Shannon Lane

"Society is the human being in his social relations, and every human being is an individual embodiment of social relations, a product not only of the existing social system but of all world history." - Karl Marx

Dr. Olena Leipnik

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)

Dr. Lee Miller

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Bart Stykes

Dr. Bart 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

Dr. Gene Theodori

Dr. Gene Theodori

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

Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Crystal Brown

Ms. Crystal Brown

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

Mariah J. Zimpfer

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"The question isn't who is going to let me, it is who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand


Internship Coordinator

Dr. Melissa Tackett-Gibson

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"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



Staff Members

Tamara Draper - Assistant to the Chair

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Lila Alvarado - Administrative Associate

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