Sociology Minor

    Sociology Minor

    Division

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Program Type

    Minor
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    Dr. Esmail Bagheri-Najmi
    Division Chair, Professor
    Year Joined: 1995
    • B.A. M.A. Ph.D.
      University of Wisconsin
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1645
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 206
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    Dr. Esmail Najmi is a Professor of Sociology and the Chair of the Division of Social and
    Behavioral Sciences. He has a B.A. in Film Studies and a Ph.D. in Sociology, both from
    the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of interest include social theory, class
    analysis, sociology of culture/media, social revolutions, and research methods.

    Courses Taught:
    Statistics for Sociologists
    Methods of Social Research
    Classical Sociological Theory
    Social Inequality
    Selected Topics in Sociology (Punishment and Society; Digital Media and Social Life;
    Power, Domination, and Modern Institutions; Contemporary US Society; and Cinema
    and Society).

    Subject(s): Sociology
    Natascia Boeri
    Dr. Natascia Boeri
    Assistant Professor
    Year Joined: 2017
    • B.A.
      Warren Wilson College;
    • M.A.
      Queens College, City University of New York;
    • Ph.D.
      The Graduate Center, City University of New York
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1778
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 306
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    Natascia Boeri

    Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York
    B.A., Warren Wilson College

    Courses taught: 

    Social Problems & Public Solutions
    Theory and Practices in Human Services
    Methods of Social Science Research
    Senior Capstones (Senior Seminar, Fall Internship)
    Special Topics (Gender & Social Policy, Women & Leadership)

    Dr. Boeri is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and specializes in gender, work, and international development. Her research on informal workers in India was funded by the National Science Foundation, and she was a 2015-2016 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow. She is an active member of the Sociologists for Women in Society and has represented SWS as a delegate to the United Nations numerous times. Dr. Boeri’s teaching style emphasizes experiential learning, and her aim is for students to use knowledge to nurture change in themselves and their community. Her publications can be found on Google Scholar.

    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Claudia Kowalchyk
    Associate Professor, Interim Coordinator of Sociology
    Year Joined: 1994
    • B.S. M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D.
      New York University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1287
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 303
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    Ph.D. New York University

    Courses taught:

    • Deviance & Social Control,
    • Criminal Justice & Race
    • Prison Industrial Complex
    • Sociology Spring Internship

     

    Interests:

    • Social justice activism
    Subject(s): Sociology
    Vânia Penha-Lopes
    Dr. Vania Penha-Lopes
    Professor
    Year Joined: 1998
    • B.A.
      Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
    • M.A. M.Phil. Ph.D.
      New York University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1540
    Office: 59 Fremont Street, Room 304
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    Vânia Penha-Lopes

    Vânia Penha-Lopes is Professor of Sociology at Bloomfield College. She is also co-chair of the Brazil Seminar at Columbia University (2008-present) and was a member of the executive committee of the Brazilian Studies Association-BRASA (2010-14). A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Penha-Lopes graduated with honors from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (1982). She is also a graduate of New York University, with a Master’s degree in Anthropology (1987) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1999). As a post-doctoral fellow at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (2006-07), she did research on the first graduating class of Brazilian university quota students. She has received a number of awards, including the Carter G. Woodson Institute Predoctoral Fellowship in Afro-American and African Studies, from the University of Virginia (1996-98), and the Scholarship for Study Abroad from the Encyclopaedia Britannica do Brasil (1982), of which she was the youngest recipient. Dr. Penha-Lopes has lectured extensively on comparative race relations, African American fatherhood, and racism in Brazil and has been interviewed for articles in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, O Estado de São Paulo, and The Washington Post. Her work has been cited in a number of books on race relations, in textbooks, and in peer-reviewed articles. In addition to a number of articles, Dr. Penha-Lopes is the author of Confronting Affirmative Action: University Quota Students and the Quest for Racial Justice (2017), Pioneiros: Cotistas na Universidade Brasileira (2013), and co-editor of Religiosidade e Performance: Diálogos Contemporâneos (2015).

    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Samuel Coe
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2020
    • B.S.
      Cornell University;
    • J.D.
      Brooklyn Law School
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Virginia Cornue
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2012
    • B.F.A.
      University of North Carolina;
    • M.A.
      New School for Social Research;
    • Ph.D.
      Rutgers University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Scott Zanger
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 1998
    • B.A.
      Roanoke College;
    • M.Div. D.Min.
      Lutheran Theological Seminary
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology
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    Dr. Erica Polakoff
    Professor Emerita
    • B.S. Ph.D.
      Cornell University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Subject(s): Sociology

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