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Dr. Alessandro Bonanno

Dr. Alessandro Bonanno (Chair)

“Sociology is the science that studies society. But it is also a tool to change it.”

Dr. Gene Theodori

Dr. Gene Theodori (Director of Graduate Studies)

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

William R. Burch, Jr.

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

Ms. Caron Cates

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 (Director of Undergraduate Studies)

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

Dylan Thomas

Dr. Mary Ann DavisDr. Mary Ann Davis

"The study of population offers something for everyone, the daily dramas of sex and death, politics and war; the interlacing of individuals and their collectivities; the confrontations of nature and civilization, (of) statistics and diaries, (of) self-interest and altruism."

Samuel Preston

Dr. Furjen Deng

Dr. Furjen Deng (Associate 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

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. 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

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Sujey Vega

“That life is complicated may seem a banal expression of the obvious, but it is nonetheless a profound theoretical statement - perhaps the most important theoretical statement of our time.”

  Avery Gordon 

Mr. Ryan Johnson

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

T. S. Eliot

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