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University of Louisville, Department of Sociology, Faculty

D. Mark Austin, PhD

Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  community sociology, urban sociology, fear of crime, edge work 
Office: Lutz Hall 123
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Phone: (502) 852-3569

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James K. Beggan, PhD

Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  gender and sexuality
Office: Lutz Hall 128
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Phone: (502) 852-6069

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Latrica E. Best, PhD

Associate Professor
 
Areas of research/expertise:  aging and the life course, health, race/ethnicity
Office: Lutz Hall 108
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Phone: (502) 852-8026

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W. Carson Byrd, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise: educational inequality, inter- and intraracial relations and ideology, race and racism, and race, science, and knowledge production
Office: Lutz Hall 119
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Phone: (502) 852-8043

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Robert M. Carini, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  leisure, sport, family, education
Office: Lutz Hall 129
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Phone: (502) 852-8030

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Karen Christopher, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  gender/family/work; motherhood; race/class/gender
Office: Lutz Hall 110
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Phone: (502) 852-8022

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Patricia Gagné, PhD

Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  gender, social theory
Office: Lutz Hall 112
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Phone: (502) 852-8014

Cynthia Ganote, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Lutz Hall 107
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Phone: (502) 852-2089

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Melanie J. Gast, PhD

Assistant Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  sociology of education, race/ethnicity, urban education, community programs
Office: Lutz Hall 105
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Phone: (502) 852-8042

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Lauren Heberle, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  urban sociology, environmental sociology
Office: Lutz Hall 118
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Phone: (502) 852-4749

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Kimberly Kempf-Leonard, PhD

Professor & Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

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Michal Kofman, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of research/expertise: the relationship between law, society and identity in contemporary Cuba
Office: Lutz Hall 106
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Phone: (502) 852-3869

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Gul Marshall, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  gender, politics, social movements, social policy, and the media
Office: Lutz Hall 126
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Phone: (502) 852-8027

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Cynthia Negrey, PhD

Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  political economy, gender
Office: Lutz Hall 111
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Phone: (502) 852-8023

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Deborah Potter, PhD

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of research/expertise:  medical sociology, mental health, social policy, qualitative methods
Office: Lutz Hall 104
Email: Phone: (502) 852-7983

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Jon H. Rieger, PhD

Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  visual sociology, rural sociology
Office: Lutz Hall 127
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Phone: (502) 852-8029

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David Roelfs, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  statistics, organizations, economic sociology, social epidemiology
Office: Lutz Hall 130
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Phone: (502) 852-8038

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Oliver Rollins, PhD

Assistant Professor

Areas of research/expertise: sociology of the mind and brain sciences, race and racism, science knowledge and technology, medical sociology, bioethics
Office: Lutz Hall 117
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Ryan D. Schroeder, PhD

Professor & Department Chair

Areas of research/expertise: criminology, victimization
Office: Lutz Hall 125
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Phone: (502) 852-8010

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Hiromi Taniguchi, PhD

Associate Professor

Areas of research/expertise:  sociology of work and family, voluntary sector research
Office: Lutz Hall 109
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Wayne M. Usui, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Usui is professor emeritus of sociology.  He received his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside in 1977 and retired from UofL in 2012.  During his 35 years in the Sociology Department he taught research methods, statistics, aging, and urban.  He chaired the department in 1991-92 and 1999-2004.