Faculty and Staff

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Victor Thompson
Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology and Criminology
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Dr. Victor Thompson (Ph.D., Stanford University) received his Ph.D. in sociology in 2010 from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he was a fellow at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from 2005-2007 and taught courses on race and ethnicity, political sociology, and urban sociology. He has written on race, crime and public opinion in addition to racial classification.

James Dickinson
Professor of Sociology
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Dr. James Dickinson (Ph.D., University of Toronto) teaches Social and Cultural Change, Cities and Suburbs, Social Inequality, and The Senior Seminar, as well as interdisciplinary courses on development in the Baccalaureate Honors Program. He has been curator of several exhibitions for the University Gallery. His current research interests include change and the contemporary city, issues in contemporary art, and the sociology of architecture.

Jeffrey Halpern
Associate Professor
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Dr. Jeffrey Halpern (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) teaches Anthropology and Social Change. He is conducting a long-term study of the effects of industrialization on a rural Irish village.

Janani Umamaheswar
Assistant Professor I
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Janani Umamaheswar recently completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation was based on field research investigating how women prisoners construct definitions of adulthood while they are incarcerated. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of gender, crime and deviance, incarceration, the life course, and qualitative research methods.

Barry Truchil
Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminology
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Dr. Barry Truchil (Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton) teaches Political Sociology, Social Theory and the Introductory Seminar in Sociology. He is author of Capital-Labor Relations in the U.S. Textile Industry, and has also written on economic development and political disputes in local government. A recipient of the Rider Distinguished Teaching Award, he is currently writing a book on how local government works.