We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty members, Christopher Chambers (Ph.D. Texas A&M University) and Mintzi Martinez-Rivera (Ph.D. Indiana University). Dr. Chambers teaches introductory sociology, history of social thought, and contemporary sociological theory. He specializes in race, racism, sexuality, gender, individual/collective identity, culture and qualitative methods. Dr. Martinez-Rivera teaches introduction to cultural anthropology and Latin American anthropology. Her areas of specialization are Latin/o American anthropology, P’urhepecha culture, indigenous youth culture, indigenous popular culture, expressive cultural practices, critical indigenous and anti-oppressive research methods, and cultural transformations.
Like any sociology department, ours introduces undergraduates to the fundamental concepts of the discipline (the sociohistorical construction of identity and inequality, research methods, and theory) in addition to an array of topical courses that apply to contemporary issues such as race, gender, immigration, crime, globalization, homelessness, education, and the family. What we offer over many research-oriented universities and colleges is a combination of faculty trained in some of the top doctoral programs in the country and a deep commitment on the part of our faculty to undergraduate education and social change. We are scholars, but we are also teachers and active citizens of the wider communities we inhabit.