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."

Ms. Crystal Brown

Ms. Crystal Brown

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

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, 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

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

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

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. Joseph Gallo

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.

Dr. 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

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. TzeLi 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

Dr. Jason Konefal

Department Chair

"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.

Ms. Haitrieu Nguyen

Ms. Haitrieu Nguyen

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

- Nelson Mandela

Ms. 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. Mary Scherer

Dr. Mary Scherer

"Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves."

- Zygmunt Bauman

Dr. Elizabeth Shively

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

Dr. James Stykes

Dr. James Stykes

Director of Graduate Studies

"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

Dr. Brooklyn 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

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

Tamara Draper

Assistant to the Chair

Alvarado 2019

Lila Alvarado

Administrative Associate