Faculty & Staff

Faculty Members

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno

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.”


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

“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

Dr. Doug Constance  (Interim Director of Graduate Studies)

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

Dylan Thomas

Dr. Furjen Deng

Dr. Furjen Deng (Interim 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

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

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. Amy Kirk

Dr. Amy Kirk

“The doer alone learneth.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Dr. Jason Konefal

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. 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

Dr. Lee Miller (Associate Chair)

“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Andrew Prelog

Dr. Andrew Prelog

“Progress is not necessarily a natural or assured result of change. It comes only as a result of effort that is wisely expended and sacrifice which is sacrifice in truth.”

Samuel Henry Prince

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.”

Dr. Joseph Gallo

Dr. Joseph R. Gallo

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dr. Brooklynn Wynveen

Dr. Brooklynn J. Wynveen

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

Lee Cronbach, 1975

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