Retired and Emeritus Faculty
John A. Busch, PhD
Associate Professor Emeritus
Dr. Busch retired from UofL in 2018 after 44 years of service. During that time, he studied general systems theory and sociocybernetics as a philosophical basis for sociological theory. Using that systems framework, he was engaged in developing theoretical approaches to the understanding of social systems in general, which necessitated inquiries into the social construction of reality, political economy, inequality, and the reciprocal influences of self and society. In particular these have led to the investigation of authoritarian disposition, cults and the dynamics of religiosity, racial and gender inequality, formal organizations, information societies and globalization, and the overall dynamics of inequality in the U.S. as an outlier among all post-industrial nations.
Cynthia L. Negrey, PhD
Dr. Negrey retired from UofL in 2019 after 31 years of service. She started at UofL in 1988 immediately after receiving her doctorate from Michigan State University, and during her time at UofL, chaired the Department of Sociology from 2010-15. Dr. Negrey's specialty areas are political economy, urban labor markets, and gender. She has published articles in Feminist Economics; Gender, Place & Culture; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Journal of Poverty; Journal of Urban Affairs; Regional Studies; and Urban Affairs Quarterly/Review. She published a book, Work Time: Conflict, Control, and Change (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2012), and wrote entries on the eight-hour day and the temporal dimensions and women’s and men’s employment in the SAGE Encyclopedia on the Sociology of Work (2013). Dr. Negrey routinely taught graduate electives in the Sociology of Work and Urban Sociology and a required course entitled Fundamental Assumptions of Sociology in the PhD program. She also had a formal affiliation with the PhD program in Urban and Public Affairs and taught Urban Theory there for many years.
Dr. Negrey took a two-year leave of absence from the University of Louisville in 1999-2001 during which time she was a study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC. There she led a team that researched and co-authored a book-length report entitled Working First but Working Poor: The Need for Education and Training Following Welfare Reform. She has also been a consultant and co-author with colleagues in the Kent School of Social Work on reports and articles on welfare reform in Kentucky.
Jon H. Rieger, PhD
Dr. Rieger retired from UofL in 2020 after 49 years of service. Over the years, he regularly taught our rural sociology, sociology of music, and social change courses. For many years, he devoted his summers to his ongoing research project in Ontonagan County, Michigan, where he returned for decades to photograph - and visually chronicle - the changes in the community there. His efforts have encouraged the development of the field of visual sociology, and Dr. Rieger was a founding member of the International Visual Sociology Association. (You can read more about Dr. Rieger's Ontonagon project here.)
Wayne M. Usui, PhD
Dr. Usui retired from UofL in 2012 after 35 years of service. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside in 1977 and began his career at UofL immediately thereafter. During his time at UofL, he chaired the Department of Sociology from 1991-92 and again from 1999-2004 and taught urban sociology and sociology of aging and both undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and statistics.