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The study of sociology and social work gives the student an understanding and appreciation of the nature of society, social institutions, and people as social beings and creators of culture.

Through systematic investigation and analysis, students gain knowledge and insight into the complex relatinships found in the modern world. Students are then better prepared to make intelligent judgments in their own lives and to contribute more effectively to society and the world.

Sociology and Social Work students may elect the general sociology or social work emphasis. In addition, sociology majors may in consultation with their advisors, concentrate their studies in a particular aspect or discipline. Current concentrations are in Law and Society, Global Studies, and Social Justice.

Nihal Celik

Nihal Celik, Ph.D.

My key areas of expertise include stratification, theory, gender, feminism, immigration, and transnationalism.


Kevin Doran

Kevin Doran, Ph.D.

My primary research and teaching interests include: Stratification and inequality; global and transnational sociology; peace, war, and conflict; development; race and ethnic relations; political sociology; and quantitative research methods.

Chih-Chien Huang

Chih-Chien Huang. Ph.D.

I see teaching as an opportunity for me to pass my knowledge on to the next generation of researchers and give them all the tools and knowledge they need to succeed.

Prof. Sara Smits

Sara Smits Keeney, Ph.D.

My research interests include: peace, war and conflict studies; social movements and social change; militarism; international sociology; community based research; engaged scholarship and the scholarship of teaching.

Tauna Sisco

Tauna Sisco, Ph.D. (Chair)

As a political sociologist, my research interests include media studies of social problems, wartime affects on patriotic sentiment, gender and politics, and rhetoric of ambivalence and public policy concerning the homeless.

Emeritus Faculty

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 Michael Dupre, Ph.D.

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 William Farrell, Ph.D.

Prof. K. Frederick

 Karen Frederick, Ph.D.

My research has explored the connection of elders living in their homes to family and community as they adapt to changes of aging. I have distinguished several patterns of social loneliness and integration, as well as ways for organizing human service agency responses and suggestions for family involvement. My research on teaching and learning sociology has focused on the uses of empirical data for understanding social differences. This led to a term on the editorial board of the American Sociological Association's journal Teaching Sociology. I joined the Sociology Department in 1984. 

Prof. D. MacDonald

Dennis MacDonald, Ph.D.

I have been on the faculty at Saint Anselm College since 1985. My research includes such projects as A Reconstruction of the Complete English Language Text of Roderick D. McKenzie's. Our Evolving World Economy (1926); "FDR's Second Bill of Rights - Neglected Philosophical Issues;" (Co-authored with Gerald Ginocchio); "Human Ecology and the Emergence of Global Society" in The Legacy of the Chicago School of Sociology. (Christopher Hart, editor); and "People, Places and Things: A Different Conception of the 'Social' in the R. D. McKenzie's Human Ecology;"

Prof. M. Smith

Michael W. Smith, Ph.D., J.D.


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