Faculty and Staff

The faculty within the sociology program are committed to providing students with a diverse education in the field of public sociology. All of the sociology faculty are highly involved with local organizations and non-profits in the community. We work to provide students with the knowledge and experience to best prepare them for success in their academic and career goals.

Sociology faculty

Dr. Herbert Rodrigues

Research and professional interests: Violence; Social Deviance; Youth and Adolescence; Legal Socialization; Legitimacy; Authority; Sociology of the Global South.

Christina L. Ryder

Research and professional interests: demographic and social analysis; social inequality; at-risk youth; poverty; and woman and children victims of violence.

Dr. Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins

Research and professional interests: Social determinants of health; group disparities in health and aging; population aging; U.S. health and aging policy; time use; quantitative methodology; analysis of change.

Dr. Abby I. Templer Rodrigues

Research and professional interests: Race, class, and gender; Community-based research methods; Diverse economies; Creative economy; Work and occupations; Gender and work-life balance; Public Sociology.

Dr. Alicia M. Walker

Research and Professional Interests: Meaning-making within intimate relationships; navigation of gender expectations; and social inequalities in education.