Faculty

Dr. Kaan Agartan, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 342
Phone Number: 508.626.4854
Email: kagartan@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Thursday  12:30-2:30 pm and Friday 10:30-12:30 pm.

Dr. Kaan Agartan holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University. He has authored and co-authored publications which appeared in European Journal of Turkish Studies, Journal of International Affairs, and Capital and Class. He is the co-editor of Reading Karl Polanyi for the Twenty-first Century: Market Economy as a Political Project (Palgrave, 2007). His current research focuses on the relationship between social citizenship and the transformation of work patterns under neoliberalism.

Areas of specialization: Comparative economic and social development; labor studies; critical globalization studies; economic sociology; political sociology and historical sociology.

Courses regularly taught:

SOCI 101  Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 301  Sociological Theory

SOCI 320  Uncovering Meaning in the Social World

SOCI 340  Sociology of Work

SOCI 357  Sociological Perspectives on Globalization

SOCI 356 Social Movements

SOCI 495  Sociology Senior Thesis Seminar

CRIM 222  Global Criminology

GLST 101  Introduction to Global Studies

GLST 201 Case Studies in Globalization

Dr. Benjamin Alberti, Chair, Professor

Ph.D., Southampton University, United Kingdom

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 334
Phone Number: 508.626.4879
Email: balberti@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Thursday 8:30 am-10:30 am

Dr. Benjamin Alberti received his PhD from Southampton University in the UK, where he studied gender and the artwork of Bronze Age Knossos from a feminist perspective. He has since gone on to publish widely on this topic as well the ceramics of northwest Argentina and the Archaic rock art of northern New Mexico, where he also co-directs projects. Teaching what he loves, Dr. Alberti incorporates archaeology, anthropology, art, and materiality into many of his classes. In addition, queer theory, feminism, studies of masculinity, and social theory all feature prominently. During the summer, Dr. Alberti teaches on the graduate anthropology program at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina.

Areas of specialization: Ceramics; Late pre-Inca Northwest Argentina; Ontological Archaeology; Queer Theory; Feminist Theory; Masculinities, and bodies.

Courses regularly taught:

ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology (honor and non-honors)

ANTH 172 Interpreting the Past: Archaeological Perspective (honors and non-honors)

ANTH 253 Gender Across Cultures (honors and non-honors)

ANTH 258 Critical Approaches to Men and Masculinities (honors and non-honors)

ANTH 313 Latin American Archaeology,

HONS 101 First Year Honors Seminar

SOCI 301 Sociological Theory

Dr. Virginia Rutter, Professor

Ph.D., University of Washington

Office: Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 328
Phone Number: 508.626.4863
Email: vrutter@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2:30–3:30 pm or by appointment.

Virginia Rutter is co-author or co-editor of Families as They Really Are 2nd edition, The Gender of Sexuality, and The Love Test, and numerous review articles and chapters. She writes and researches topics related to sexuality in more- and less-committed relationships; divorce; family policy; infidelity; feminism; and inequality. She is a member of the Board of the Council on Contemporary Families; she mentors CCF interns at FSU regularly. In 2012, Rutter was awarded the FSU Distinguished Faculty for Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2014, Rutter was elected Vice-President and Director of the Framingham State University chapter of the Massachusetts State College Association. Her books, articles, columns, and engagement of public sociology through CCF and Sociologists for Women in Society aim to do what she does as an award-winning teacher at FSU: to make accessible and clear the best available social science research on families, sexuality, and diversity. You can read her Girl w/ Pen columns at The Society Pages.

Areas of specialization: Gender; sexuality; marriage; intimate relationships and families; family policy; mental health; survey research; public sociology

Courses regularly taught:

SOCI 495 Internship in Sociology and Criminology

SOCI 369 Sex/Sexualities in Society

SOCI 350 Education and Social Change

SOCI 312 Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence

SOCI 301 Sociological Theory

SOCI 212 Sociology of Families

SOCI 218 Women in Society

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Connally, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of MA- Amherst

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 345
Phone Number: 508.626.5767
Email: psanchezconnally@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30-12:00 pm; Fridays 10:30-11:30 am or by appointment.

Dr. Sánchez-Connally is an alumna of Framingham State University. She holds a Master’s in Applied Sociology from UMass-Boston and a Ph.D. from UMass-Amherst.  Her interests are: Race and Ethnicity, Latinx Studies, Higher Education Attainment, and Qualitative Methods.  She completed her qualifying exams in the areas of race, immigration, class and higher education. She is the recipient of the 2013 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Fellowship and the Mary Miles Bibb Teaching Fellowship.  Her dissertation examines how communities of color create and transmit different forms of capital to underrepresented high achieving students.

Courses regularly taught:

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 234 -Investigating Social Forces

SOCI 302 & 303 Research Methods I & II

SOCI 210 Latin@s in the U.S.

CRIM 224 Juvenile Delinquency

Areas of specialization: Race and ethnicity; qualitative methods; sociology of education; Latino/a studies

Dr. Marian A.O. Cohen, Professor

Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 350
Phone Number: 508.626.4877
Email: mcohen@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Sabbatical

Areas of specialization: Research methods; medical sociology; sociology of mental disorders; gerontology; organizations; service learning.

Courses regularly taught:

HNRS 101 First-Year Students Honors Seminar

SOCI 302  Quantitative Methods I - Research Design

SOCI 303  Quantitative Methods II - Data Collection and Analysis

SOCI 333  Society and the Mentally Ill

SOCI 495  Internship - Community Social Service

Dr. Vincent Ferraro, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Northeastern University

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 343
Phone Number: 508.626.4871
Email: vferraro@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm and Thursday 10:30-12:30 pm.

Dr. Ferraro’s research and teaching are focused broadly on the ways in which power inequalities produce norm- and law-violations. His teaching approach is highly interactive and collaborative, designed to foster a classroom environment wherein learning is shared among students and instructor. His current research projects investigate the rise and consequences of right-wing state-level policies, including anti-immigrant and pro-gun legislation. Additionally, his research investigates the effects of changes in immigration on county- and city-level rates of crime and immigrant victimization.

Areas of specialization: Crime and deviance; immigration and social dis/organization; hate crimes and ethnic conflict; juvenile delinquency.

Courses regularly taught:

CRIM 121 Sociological Perspectives on Criminology

CRIM 270 Social Deviance

CRIM 301 Criminological Theory

CRIM 240 Drugs, Social Control, and the Law

SOCI 302 Quantitative Research Methods I

SOCI 303 Quantitative Research Methods II

SOCI 288 Immigration in the United States

SOCI 400 Special Topics, Social Conflict in Northern Ireland

Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Central Florida

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 333
Phone Number: 508.626.4866
Email: xguadalupediaz@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 pm

Dr. Guadalupe-Diaz’s research and teaching interests lie broadly within the areas of sociological criminology, victimization, and social inequalities. Specifically, his research focuses on intimate partner violence (IPV) within LGBTQ communities. His work has explored sexual violence, help-seeking behaviors, police disclosure, perceptions of domestic violence law, and perpetration.  More recently, Dr. Guadalupe-Diaz has focused on transgender survivors of IPV, identity work, and victim identity. Other scholarly areas of interest include: queering criminology, race and the criminal justice system, and gender and sexuality. Dr. Guadalupe-Diaz earned his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Central Florida and an MS and BS in sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Areas of specialization: Violence in intimate relationships, sociological criminology and victimology, gender and sexuality, applied sociology.

Dr. Meredith Marchioni

Ph.D, Florida International University

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 321
Phone Number: 508-626-5903
Email: mmarchioni@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 pm.

Dr. Meredith Marchioni received her PhD in Sociology from Florida International University. Her graduate work focused on social, economic, and environmental resilience within Alaskan commercial fisheries. More recently, she worked as a cultural anthropologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Subsistence. In this position, Dr. Marchioni conducted ethnographic research with Native Alaskan hunters and fishers and presented her data to resource managers and governing bodies. Her research and teaching interests include environmental law and society, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and race, gender, and human rights.

Courses:

ANTH 161: Cultural Anthropology

SOC 130: Social Problems

ANTH 207: Global Issues in Anthropology

ANTH 243: Native American Studies

CRIM 204: Crime and the Environment

Dr. Jim McQuaid, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Boston University

Office: O’Connor Hall, Room 341
Phone Number: 508-626-4862
Email: jmcquaid@framingham.edu


Spring 2017  Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:30 am -3:00 pm and by appointment.

Dr. McQuaid received his Ph.D. from Boston University, where he study the Massachusetts funeral market. His current research draws on his experience with both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the ways in which cultural action shapes individual economic behavior as well as the broader implications that such individual action has for the functioning of markets as a whole. He is also interested in the possibilities that digital research methods – such as mapping and programming – might present for sociology as a discipline.

Areas of Specialization: Cultural sociology, death and dying, economic sociology, research methods, sociology of the body, and social theory.

Courses regularly taught:

SOCI301: Sociological Theory
SOCI302: Quantitative Research Methods I
SOCI303: Quantitative Research Methods II
SOCI366: Sociology of Death and Dying


Dr. Jonathan Martin, Professor

Ph.D., Brandeis University

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 346
Phone Number: 508.626.4894
Email: jmartin50@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 am and 3:15-4:15 pm.

Areas of specialization: Political sociology; social theory; political economy; power and inequality; social class; progressive politics; political consciousness; critical pedagogy

Courses regularly taught:

SOCI 130 Social Problems

SOCI 301 Sociological Theory

SOCI 308 Political Sociology

SOCI 495 Internship

Dr. Lina Rincon, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 338
Phone Number: 508.626.5717
Email: lrincon@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00 pm–1:30 pm, Wednesdays 10:00am–11:30 am or by appointment.

Dr. Rincón's research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of immigration, globalization, and race studies. She uses a comparative and global lens in teaching these subjects. Dr. Rincón's teaching is inspired by her research: her most recent study concerned the migration and incorporation experience of Latino professionals in the information technologies industries in the United States. In this research, she examines the racial and legal marginality professional migrants experience and their responses to it.

Areas of Specialization: Immigration, Globalization and Race and Ethnic Relations.

Courses regularly taught:

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 248 Race and Ethnic Relations

 

 

Dr. Martel Pipkins, Professor

Texas Woman’s University

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 331
Phone Number: 508-626-5766
Email: mpipkins@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-3:00 pm or by appointment.

Martel’s research and teaching interests include transnational solidarity, social inequality, women’s labor, global stratification, and the intersections between racism, sexism, and nation. Most recently, Martel has focused on the use of discourse in police shooting cases, cases involving violence against women, and mass shootings, along with the connection between state-sanctioned violence and news media.  

Areas of Specialization: Criminology, Stratification, Comparative/Global Sociology, Women’s Studies, Teaching and Learning/Critical Pedagogy

Courses taught:

CRIM 121 Sociological Perspectives on Criminology

CRIM 313 The Culture of Punishment

CRIM 201 White-Collar Crime

CRIM 250 Mass Incarceration: The New Jim Crow

Dr. Ira Silver, Professor

Ph.D., Northwestern University

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 336
Phone Number: 508.626.4864
Email: isilver@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Sabbatical

Ira Silver has taught at Framingham State since 2002. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College and received his Masters and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has authored and edited four books and is currently working on a new one about social problems in American society.

Areas of specialization: Social inequality; charitable giving; community activism; social problem framing; technology and social change; death and dying

Course regularly taught:

SOCI 130 Social Problems

SOCI 263 Social Inequality 

SOCI 283 Society, Technology & the Future

SOCI 300 Animals and Us

SOCI 306 Nonprofit Giving

SOCI 366 Death and Dying

 

Dr. Henry Tischler

Ph.D., Northeastern University

Office: O'Conner Hall, Room 351
Phone Number: 508-626-4874
Email: htischler@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:30 pm-2:30 and Tuesday 3:15 pm-4:15 pm.

Areas of specialization: Crime and corrections; immigration; business and society

Henry L. Tischler received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and his Masters and doctorate degrees from Northeastern University. He pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. His first venture into textbook publishing took place while he was still a graduate student in sociology when he wrote the fourth edition of Race and Ethnic Relations with Brewton Berry. The success of that book led to his authorship of eleven editions of Introduction to Sociology. He is also the author of three other textbooks Debating Points: Crime and Corrections; Debating Points: Race and Ethnic Relations; and Debating Points: Marriage and Family Relations.

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Dr. Ellen Zimmerman, Professor

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Office: Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 344
Phone Number: 508.626.4761
Email: ezimerman@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm.

Areas of specialization: Linguistic Anthropology/Language and Culture; South Asian culture; Native American studies

Courses regularly taught:

ANTH 161 Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 207 Global Issues in Anthropology

ANTH 243 Native American Cultures

ANTH 360 Language and Culture

ANTH 370 Psychological Anthropology

 

Demetrios Brellas, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 319
Phone Number: 508.626.5660
Email: dbrellas@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 1:20-2:20 pm.

Brandi Cutler

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 319
Phone Number: 508-626-4801
Email: bcutler@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: By Appointment

Lauren Forcucci

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 319
Phone Number: 508-626-5655
Email: lforcucci@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: By Appointment

Dr. David Nnyanzi, Professor

TBD

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 329
Phone Number: 508.626.5806
Email: dnnyanzi@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: By Appointment

Linnea Carlson, Ph.D

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 319
Phone Number: 508.626.5653
Email: lcarlson2@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:30 pm -2:30 pm

Maureen Sullivan, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 327
Phone Number: 508.626.5658
Email: msullivan@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: By Appointment

LaToya Tavernier Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer

Office: O'Connor Hall, Room 327
Phone Number: 508.626.5659
Email: ltavernier@framingham.edu

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Thursdays 10:30am- 11:30am and by appointment