The department of Sociology & Criminal Justice defines scholarship broadly to include discovery, artistic activity, integration, and pedagogy.  The faculty model life-long learning through continual engagement with disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests, and expose students to their scholarship by integrating it into their teaching.  We strongly support student-faculty collaborative scholarship and the launching of new scholars through the promotion of student presentation at professional meetings and in other venues.

Our 7-fulltime faculty are active researchers that have published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in a variety of areas. Below is a brief summary of current faculty research interests. 

Dr. Tanya Gladney

Professor Gladney is interested in urban neighborhoods and crime variation, race and ethnicity, and historical and contemporary inequality.

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker

Professor Karraker’s research interests include Catholic sisters, diversity, and the good society,  family business virtues, middle-class families, and global migration. Families of the middle class.

Dr. William Kinney

Professor Kinney does research on popular culture and technology use of Generation Y.

Dr. Peter Parilla

Professor Parilla’s recent research involves examining shifting perceptions of the dangers of cell phone use and driving. 

Dr. Susan Smith-Cunnien

Professor Smith-Cunnien is interested in restorative and non-state justice in African nations and the sociology and history of chiropractic medicine. 

Dr. Lisa Waldner

Professor Waldner’s most recent research is on the use of graffiti as a form of political protest, political and social beliefs of white supremacists, and sexual coercion in intimate relationships.