Emily Asencio Ph.D., University of California, Riverside 2005
Specialization: Criminology and Social Psychology

Professor Asencio’s research links two major areas within sociology, social psychology and criminology. Her focus is on the relationship between identity and behavior. Specifically, she studies the impact of the social psychological processes associated with the formation and maintenance of the multiple identities an individual holds on criminal behavior for both juveniles and adults. She analyzes both large scale, national level datasets as well as her own, original data. Dr. Asencio is also an expert in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for social science research.


Valerie Callanan, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside 2001 
Specialization: Criminology and Deviance

Professor Callanan’s specialty areas include critical criminology, corrections, media, public opinion of crime.  Her research examines the influence of crime-related media on public opinion of crime and crime control.  Her recent work examines reciprocity and suicide, media construction of the criminal justice system and fear of crime. 


Janette Dill, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2011
Specialization: Work and Occupations, Low-wage Labor Markets, The Healthcare Workforce and Organizations, and Medical Sociology

Professor Dill’s research areas include the sociology of work and occupations, the labor market, and medical sociology. Her current projects explore the career trajectories of members of the healthcare workforce, the dynamics of partnerships between healthcare organizations and educational institutions, and the work experiences of men in the service sector.


Cheryl Elman Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1993 
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health  

Professor Elman’s research areas include the sociology of aging and the life course, historical demography, sociology of health, and sociology of the family.  Her current projects explore early-to midlife educational trajectories and late-life health status; U.S. patterns of multigenerational living arrangement; and regional differences in the family structure, employment and health of the 19th century frontier women.


Rebecca J. Erickson Ph.D., Washington State University, 1991
Specialization: Sociology Psychology

Professor Erickson’s research interests include emotion management in work and family and their effects on well-being as well as issues related to the social psychology of the self.  Her most recent project focuses on the occupational experiences of nurses and how the emotional demands of the nursing profession impact nurses’ health and present unique challenges to healthcare organizations seeking to retain qualified nurses in bedside care.

Current Research:  NSF GRANT- Identity and Emotional Management Control in Health Care Settings


Kathryn Feltey Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1988
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Feltey’s research interests include gender, homelessness, domestic violence and qualitative methods.  Her current projects extend her earlier work on women’s homelessness, focusing on lived experiences of dislocation historically of pioneer women in the 19th century United States and in contemporary society of families evacuating in the aftermath of disaster.


Rudy Fenwick Ph.D., Duke University, 1978
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Fenwick’s research interests include organizations, work and markets, and their effects on job stress.  His current projects include analyzing changes in U.S. occupational structures and stress-related health outcomes since the 1970’s; the effects of job autonomy and authority on job stress; and the effects of job schedules on health and family outcomes.


Adrianne Frech Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2009
Specialization: Medical Sociology, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Mental Health, and Quantitative Methods

Dr. Frech’s research focuses on relationships between family transitions, employment, and mental and physical aspects of health, with a focus on long-term trajectories of well-being. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and has been cited in multiple popular press outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, The Huffington Post, and MSNBC.com.


Matthew T. Lee Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2000
Specialization: Criminology and Deviance

Professor Lee’s research interests include altruism, organizational deviance, and the relationship between immigration and crime.  His most recent work is part of a larger interdisciplinary project on the role of religious experiences in the production of altruism.  He also continues to conduct research in several areas of criminology.


Stacey Nofziger Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1999
Specialization: Social Inequalities; Criminology and Deviance

Professor Nofziger’s specialty areas include criminology and gender.  Her research encompasses major areas within criminology, including the relationship of criminal justice agencies and communities as well as the causes and consequences of juvenile involvement in delinquency.  Her current projects emphasize the role of self-control and lifestyles in predicting both violent offending and victimization among juveniles.


Brian F. Pendleton Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1977
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Professor Pendleton’s specialty areas include medical sociology, quantitative methodology, social epidemiology, literary and the sociology of children.  His current research focuses on issues of preventative health, health disparities, drug and alcohol prevention, and community development. 

Current Research: For Your Health


Robert L. Peralta Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2002
Specialization: Social Inequalities; Criminology and Deviance

Professor Peralta’s research interests include deviance, gender, social inequality, alcohol and other substance use and abuse, and interpersonal violence.  Alcohol use in intimate partner violence and the association between alcohol use and the construction of gender are the focus of his current research.


Baffour K. Takyi Ph.D., State University of New York-Albany, 1993
Specializations: Medicine and Mental Health; Social Inequalities

Professor Takyi’s specialty areas include demographic and health outcomes in Africa, family dynamics, maternal and child health, religion and reproductive outcomes, the intersection of gender and power on fertility decision making, and the experiences of Africans and other black immigrants within the United States.

Pan African Studies


Mark Tausig Ph.D., State University of New York-Albany, 1979
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Professor Tausig’s research interests include mental health, medical sociology and international health.  His current projects include studies of the institutional and organization contexts of work stress, the epidemiology of mental illness in Nepal, and the social network origins of stigma.


Juan Xi Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2006
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Professor Xi’s research interests include medical sociology, migration and immigrants, and quantitative methods.  Her current projects examine the role of structure covariates in the relationship between immigrants’ English ability and earnings by testing structure-individual cross level mediation and moderation effects.


John Zipp Ph.D., Duke University, 1978
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Zipp’s specialty areas are in inequality, especially class and gender.  His most recent research projects center  on a variety of topics including class, gender and the family, the sociology of sport, and higher education (e.g. the scholarship of teaching and learning and the corporatization of universities).


Kent State Faculty – Joint Program

Richard E. Adams Ph.D., Indiana University, 1989
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Processor Adam’s research interests are in the sociology of mental health, medical sociology and urban social processes.  Specifically, his ongoing research projects involve quality of life among individuals with severe mental illnesses, the physical and mental health consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the influence of local communities on teenage delinquent behavior, physical and mental health and transitions to adult social roles.


Joanna Dreby Ph.D., City University of New York, 2007
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Dreby’s research interests are in the areas of immigration, gender and family, childhood studies, and Latin America.  Her current work focuses on parent-child separation during migration, as well as the impact of international migration on children in Mexico.


Timothy J. Gallagher Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 1993
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Professor Gallagher’s research focuses on the nonverbal component of doctor-patient interactions using both expectation states theory and relational communication theory.  He also is developing a more general theory that uses an evolutionary model to explain the observed regularities in the nonverbal components of speech acts.


Will Kalkhoff Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2002
Specialization: Social Psychology; Criminology and Deviance

Professor Kakhoff’s research  interests include social psychology, group dynamics, deviance and biosociology.  His current projects examine status and social influence processes, including how opinions form and change in stratified social networks.


Kristen Marcussen Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2000
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health; Social Psychology

Professor Marcussen’s specialty areas include social psychology and mental health/illness.  Her research examines the relationship between social roles, identities and mental health.  Recently her research focuses on the impact of stigma on self-concept and quality of life among individuals with severe mental illnesses.


Manacy Pai Ph.D., Florida State University, 2008 
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Professor Pai’s research interests include social gerontology, medical sociology, sociology of family and social structure and personality.  Her current work examines how social processes, such as volunteering, informal helping and providing emotional support, affects mental and psychical health of older adults.


David Purcell Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2007
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Purcell specializes in the study of inequality, race/ethnicity, cultural and work.  His current projects include an examination of how race, class, and gender inequality are reproduced in the corporate workplace via cultural capital and an investigation into racial segregation in urban sociocultural spaces.


Nicole Rousseau Ph.D., Howard University, 2006
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Rousseau’s research interests include structural and institutional inequalities, politics of reproduction and sexuality, and reproductive health policy.  Currently, she is working on several projects that include examining the effects of negative social rhetoric on black women’s sexuality and examining the ways reproductive policies have commodified black women in the United States.


Susan Roxburgh Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1994
Specialization: Medicine and Mental Health

Professor Roxburgh’s research focuses on gender differences in depression and alcohol consumption and on understanding how the quality of experiences in work and family forces influence well-being.  Her current projects include an extension of her earlier work on time pressure and well-being, and papers on race/gender differences in depression and work-family spillover.


Richard Serpe Ph.D., Indiana University, 1985
Specialization: Social Psychology

Professor Serpe’s research interests include social psychology, family, survey research and quantitative methods.  His ongoing research projects focuses on the relationship between the concepts of self and identity, social structure and social action in everyday life.


Clare Stacey Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 2004 
Specializations: Medicine and Mental Health; Social Inequalities

Professor Stacey’s research interests include medical sociology, work and occupations, inequality and carework.  Her current research explores the identity formation and work experiences of low-skill healthcare workers.  She also studies doctor-patient interaction with a focuses on cultural competency.


Tiffany Taylor Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2008
Specialization: Social Inequalities

Professor Taylor’s research includes studies of workplace inequality, spatial variability in inequality, organization volunteerism, and the relationship between family and work.  Her current research examines how organizations providing temporary assistance to needy families services construct and maintain legitimacy and effectiveness despite considerable obstacles.


Stephen W. Webster Ph.D., University of California – Riverside, 1983 
Specialization: Criminology and Deviance

Professor Webster’s research interests are in the areas of family violence and the social construction and processing of deviance.  More specifically, his recent research is on the recognition and reporting of child abuse by professionals.