Faculty & Staff

Departmental Faculty


Dr. Alessandro Bonanno | email | 936.294.1488

(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."

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Ms. Crystal Brown | email | 936.294.4542

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


Dr. Emily Cabaniss | email | 936.294.4085

"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."


Ms. Caron Cates | email | 936.294.1961

"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 | email | 936.294.3424

"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

Douglas Constance August 2019

Dr. Douglas Constance | email | 936.294.1514

Director of Undergraduate Studies

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

-Dylan Thomas

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Dr. Furjen Deng | email | 936.294.1515

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 | email | 936.294.1513

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

-Karl Marx


Dr. Joseph Gallo | email | 936.294.1942

"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 | email | 936.294.2373

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

-R. Aida Hernandez Castillo

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Dr. Maki Hatanaka | email | 936.294.4432

"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 | email | 936.294.2675

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

-Glen H. Elder, Jr.


Dr. Amy Kirk | email | online only

"The doer alone learneth,"

-Friedrich Nietzsche

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Dr. Jason Konefal | email | 936.294.1511

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. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk


Dr. Olena Leipnik | email | 936.294.4087

"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 | email | 936.294.1517

Director of Internships

Advisor for Minor in Community Leadership

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

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Ms. Haitrieu Nguyen | email | 936.294.4537

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

-Nelson Mandela

April Plemons

Ms. April Plemons | email | 936.294.1942

"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

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Dr. Mary Scherer | email | 936.294.4537

"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 | email | online only

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

-James Baldwin


Dr. Bart Stykes | email | 936.294.4122

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 | email | 936.294.4143

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

-Bill Burch

Brooklynn Wynveen

Dr. Brooklynn Wynveen | email | online only

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

-Lee Cronbach, 1975

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Dr. Jade Zimpfer | email | 936.294.4542

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

-Ayn Rand