Dr. Mariah Zimpfer

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When starting my college career many years ago I thought that the way I could impact my community, and the world, was to become a medical doctor. It wasn’t until I took a Sociology course at Sam Houston State University that I developed my sociological imagination and realized that the way I would contribute would be to understand sociological phenomenon. Later on in my undergraduate career I learned that I loved teaching and by encouraging the students, even after they left my class, was how I would change the world. I deviated for a brief time by getting my MA in American Studies at Rutgers University, but found my back by completing my PhD at the University of Edinburgh. As a native Texan and fellow Bearkat Alum, I found my way back to the university that started it all; and after completing my PhD began teaching at Sam Houston State University. My research interests include, but are not limited to: Ethnicity and culture, Appalachia, the American South, Ethnography, Social Impact Assessment, Program Evaluation, Historical Sociology, Artifact Ethnography, and Social Capital.

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