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Department of Sociology
108 Ravine Pkwy.
Oneonta, NY, 13820

Phone
: 607-436-3512
Fax: 607-436-3525

 
 

Sociology Faculty and Staff

 
 

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Lisa

Lisa Curch

Department Chair & Associate Professor

10-B Schumacher Hall
Oneonta, NY   13820
607-436-3380
Lisa.Curch@oneonta.edu

Lisa Curch received her M.A. in 1997 from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Dr. Curch teaches courses in aging, medical sociology, social policy, social psychology, and sociology of food and eating. She is also the coordinator for the Gerontology Studies major. Her research interests involve social aspects of aging and health (particularly related to food and eating), residential/spatial issues of aging, and media and aging. She currently is working on research in representations of aging and older adults in television animation. Dr. Curch is the author of Food and Eating Experiences of Older Women in a Retirement Community: A Sociological Analysis (2006), in addition to several articles and presentations.

 

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Ho Hon Leung

Professor

Office: 14-A Schumacher

Email: leungh@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-2239

Ho Hon Leung received his Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University, Canada. His main research areas include ethnic studies, immigration and immigrants, comparative ethnic aging. He recently develops a research interest in ethnic identity and architecture. Collaborated with Raymond Lau, an architect in London, UK, he has research projects in Canada, US, Hong Kong, Greece, China, and Macau. He is the co-editor of a book entitled Investigating Diversity: Race, Ethnicity, and Beyond (Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd, 2008) He is also the chair of steering committee of Center for Social Science Research, which encourages multi- and inter- disciplinary studies on a wide range of topics.

 

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Nancy Kleniewski

Professor

President of the College

Office: 301 Netzer

Email: klenien@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-2500

Nancy Kleniewski received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Temple University. Her areas of specialization are urban sociology, social policy, and social inequality. She has written or edited five books; the most recent are Cities, Change, and Conflict: A Political Economy of Urban Life, 3rd edition (Wadsworth) and Cities and Society (Blackwell).

 

Brian

Brian Lowe

Associate Professor

Office:14-E Schumacher

Email: lowebm@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3046

Brian M. Lowe received his BAH and Master’s in Sociology from Queen’s University at Kingston , Ontario and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Virginia . Dr. Lowe’s research and teaching interests include sociological theories, animal and society, cultural and comparative-historical sociology and spectacular conflicts. He is the author of Emerging Moral Vocabularies: The Creation and Establishment of New Forms of Moral and Ethical Meanings ( Lexington books, 2006) and several articles. In 2008 Lowe became Chair of the Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association.

 

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Fida Mohammad

Professor

Website

Office: 14-G Schumacher

Email: mohammf@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-2166

Dr. Fida Mohammad received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. Mohammad was born in Hangu KPK Pakistan, and is ethnically Pashtun from Shinwari tribe, and came to the United States in 1986.  Hangu hosts the headquarters of the Orakzai agency of FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area). He teaches courses in Criminal Justice and Sociology, such as Societal Deviance, Criminology, Terrorism, Risk & Society, Sociology of Knowledge, Disaster, Risk & Society and Sociology of Islam. He has given lectures to professional and public audiences, as well written for professional and popular media outlets, about the dynamics of Afghan and Pakistan crises; topics include terrorism, suicide bombing, corruption and martyrdom.

 

Alex

Alexander R. Thomas

Professor

Website

Office: 334 Netzer

Email: thomasa@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-2520

Alex Thomas received his Ph.D. in 1998 from Northeastern University in Boston,
Massachusetts. Dr. Thomas has interests in historical-comparative sociology,
particularly related to urban-rural relations, and deviant behavior. His current research focuses on the development of cities and their relationship to the hinterland in the Ancient Near East and the lessons to be learned for modern cities. He is the author of In Gotham's Shadow (2003) and Gilboa (2005) and the co-author of Spotlight on Social Research (2003) and Upstate Down (2009); as well as several articles and presentations.

 

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Gregory Fulkerson

Associate Professor

Office: 14-B Schumacher

Email: fulkergm@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-2834

Gregory Fulkerson received his M.A in Sociology from Western Michigan University in 2000, taught 2 years at Lansing Community College, and earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2006. He is interested in issues related to globalization, rurality, community, agriculture, and the environment. His current research investigates the local and global processes leading to environmental degradation and the social response to these problems, particular in relation to urban-rural processes. He is author of several conference presentations, journal articles, book chapters, and book, Critical Rural Theory (co-authored)). He recently co-edited a volume, Studies in Urbanormativity, and served as the program chair for the Rural Sociological Society.

 

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Elizabeth Seale

Assistant Professor

Office: 14-I Schumacher

Email: sealeek@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3560

Elizabeth Seale received her PhD from North Carolina State University in 2010. Her interests include race, class, and gender; health and the human body; poverty and social welfare; and global inequality.

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Melissa Lavin

Assistant Professor

Office: 14P Schumacher

Email: Melissa.Lavin@oneonta.edu

Phone: 607-436-3527

Melissa Lavin received her B.A. in 2003 from University of Colorado at Boulder, her M.S. in 2006 from Southern Connecticut State University, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from University of Connecticut. Dr. Lavin teaches diverse courses in sociology and criminal justice, including police and society, criminology, drugs and society, and race, crime and justice. She is also adviser to the criminal justice club, and is affiliated faculty with women and gender studies. Her research interests include crime and deviance, gender and sexuality, sociological psychology and symbolic interaction, inequalities, and qualitative methods. Her work appears in the Journal of Deviant Behavior.

 

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Michael King

Assistant Professor

Office: 14M Schumacher

Email: Michael.King@oneonta.edu

Phone: 607-436-3523

Mike King received his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California – Santa Cruz in 2013.  Dr. King’s primary interests are in relation to the various techniques of social control deployed against social movements as well as issues related to urban policing.  He is currently working on several projects related to Occupy Oakland (of which he was an active participant), as well as issues pertaining to urban police strategies such as racial profiling and gang injunctions.  He is also interested in community empowerment programs such as restorative justice practices.  He has published in Critical Criminology and is currently in the process of publishing his first book on the policing of Occupy Oakland.

 

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Pavel Vasiliev

Assistant Professor

Office: 14N Schumacher

Email: Pavel.Vasiliev@oneonta.edu

Phone: 607-436-3424

Pavel Vasiliev earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for testing the major utilitarian and extrajudicial explanations of the incarceration rates change in the U.S. at the state-level between 1980 and 2005. Dr. Vasiliev’s teaching and research interests include criminological and sociological theory, corrections, comparative criminal justice, and global gambling. Dr. Vasiliev’s current research explores the post-recessionary criminal justice policy adjustments in the U.S. at the state-level. Recently, Dr. Vasiliev has been developing a course on social network analysis and its applications in criminology. His work appears in the Gaming Research and Review Journal.

 

Adjunct Faculty

 

Chris

Chris Curch

Lecturer of Sociology

Office: 14-O Schumacher

Email: curchcf@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3512

Chris Curch teaches introduction to sociology and political sociology.

 

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Stephen Koonz

Lecturer of Sociology

Office: 14-N Schumacher

Email: koonzsj@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3512

Stephen Koonz teaches sociology and criminal justice courses

 

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Alex Gedmintas

Lecturer of Sociology

Office: 14-O Schumacher

Email: gedminal@delhi.com

Phone: 436-3512

Alex Gedmintas teaches courses in the sociology department.

 

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AnnMarie Mills

Lecturer of Sociology and Internship Coordinator

Office: N/A

Email: millsam@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3512

AnnMarie Mills teaches courses in the sociology department and coordinates internships
for the Human Sercices Pre-Professional Track of the Sociology Major.

 

Jim Small

James Small

Internship Coordinator

Office: 14-O Schumacher

Email:smalljh@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3512

James Small coordinates internships for the Criminal Justice Major.

 

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Polly Smith-Thomas

Lecturer of Sociology

Office: 14-C Schumacher

Email:smithtp@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3512

Polly Smith-Thomas teaches courses in the sociology department.

 

Emily

Emily Brissette

Lecturer of Sociology

Office: 14-M Schumacher

Email:Emily.Brissettee@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3523

Emily Brissette teaches courses in the sociology department.

 

Faculty Emeriti

 

Marilyn

Marilyn Helterline

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Professor Emeritus of Sociology .

 

Chris

Donald Nielsen

Ph.D., University of New School for Social Research, Professor Emeritus of Sociology .

 

Chris

Eugene Obindinski

Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, Professor Emeritus of Sociology .

 

Chris

Martin Spencer

Ph.D., University of New School for Social Research, Professor Emeritus of Sociology .

 

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Edward Wesnofske

MA., University of New School for Social

 

Staff

 

Michele Myers-Platt

Department Secretary

Office: Main Office Schumacher

Email: myersmf@oneonta.edu

Phone: 436-3512

Michele Myers-Platt serves as the sociology department secretary.

 

Faculty Activity

The faculty of the Sociology department is comprised of active scholars, producing cutting edge research and active in engaging students in the teaching and learning process that accompanies our ongoing and vibrant research agendas. Here are some showcased and/or recent activities of our faculty (note: this list is not meant to be all-inclusive--please contact faculty for more information).

Recent Books:

Critical Rural Theory

Critical Rural Theory: Structure, Space, Culture (2011)

by Alex Thomas, Brian Lowe, Greg Fulkerson, and Polly Smith

Cities, Change, and Conflict

Cities, Change, and Conflict: A Political Economy of Urban Life (2010)

by Nancy Kleniewski and Alex Thomas

Evolution of the Ancient City

Evolution of the Ancient City: Urban Theory and the Archaeology of the Fertile Crescent (2010)

by Alex Thomas

Imagining Globalization

Imagining Globalization: Language, Identities, and Boundaries (2009)

by Ho Hon Leung, Matthew Hendley, Robert W. Compton and Brian D. Haley

Investigating Diversity

Investigating Diversity: Race, Ethnicity, and Beyond (2008)

by Ho Hon Leung, Raymond Lau and Sharon Shaw-McEwen

Emerging Moral Vocabularies

Emerging Moral Vocabularies: The Creation and Establishment of New Moral and Ethical Meanings (2006)

by Brian Lowe

Food and eating experiences

Food and Eating Experiences of Older Women Living in a Retirement Community: A Sociological Study (2006)

by Lisa Curch

Articles and Other Publications:

Seale, Elizabeth. Forthcoming. “Coping Strategies of Rural and Urban Welfare Agencies and the Regulation of the Poor.” New Political Economy.

Seale, Elizabeth and Gregory Fulkerson. Forthcoming. “Critical Concepts in Studying Communities and the Built Environment.” Readings in Urbanormativity: Rural Community in Urban Society. Edited by G. Fulkerson and A. Thomas.

Seale, Elizabeth, Fida Mohammad and Gregory Fulkerson. Forthcoming. “Attracting Women to Police-Work in Pakistan.” Pakistan Journal of Criminology.

Taylor, Tiffany and Elizabeth Seale. Forthcoming. “Implementing Welfare-to-Work: Program Managers' Identities and Service Delivery in North Carolina.” Sociological Focus.

Fulkerson, Gregory and Elizabeth Seale. 2013. “The Case of Cooperstown, New York: The Makings of a Perfect Village in an Urbanising World.” Sociological Research Online 17(4).

Seale, Elizabeth, Alison Buck, and Kylie Parrotta. 2012. “Who’s to Blame? The Identity Talk of Welfare-to-Work Program Managers.” Sociological Perspectives 55(3).

Mohammad, F. (April, 2012).  Suicide-Bombing: A Unique Threat to Security Agencies in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Criminology Vol. 3 (No. 4) 81-97.

Jicha, Karl, Gretchen Thompson, Gregory Fulkerson, Jonathon May. 2011. “Individual Participation in Collective Action in the Context of a Caribbean Island State: Testing the Effects of Multiple Dimensions of Social Capital.” Rural Sociology 76(2): 229-256.

Kick, Edward L., James Fraser, Gregory Fulkerson, Laura A. McKinney, and Daniel H. De Vries. 2011. “Repetitive flood victims and acceptance of FEMA mitigation offers: an analysis with community–system policy implications.” Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management 35(3): 510-539.

Curch, Lisa, Schlosser, Jennifer A. and Seale, Elizabeth. (2011) Gerontology: Instructor’s Manual. National Social Science Press.

Fulkerson, Gregory and Fida Mohammad. (October, 2011).  The Failure of the War on Drugs: A Comparative Perspective. Pakistan Journal of Criminology Vol. 3 (No. 2) 55-70.

Curch, L. M. (2010). Using prime time animation to engage students in courses on aging. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 31(4), 361-382.

Curch, L. M. (2010). Aging today. In Gerontology Examined: An Interactive Approach (pp. 1-33). El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press.

Curch, L. M. (2010). Physical health & illness. In Gerontology Examined: An Interactive Approach (pp. 66-105). El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press.

Curch, L. M. (2010). Long-term & end-of life-care. In Gerontology Examined: An Interactive Approach (pp. 134-198). El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press. 

Curch, L. M. (2010). Living environments & geography. In Gerontology Examined: An Interactive Approach (pp. 388-438). El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press.

Invited and Conference Presentations:

Mohammad, Fida. Why Pakistan Cannot Fight Extremism? Eastern Sociological Society 83rd  Annual Meeting, at Boston, Massachusetts on March 22, 2013.

Jicha, Karl, Gretchen Thompson, Gregory Fulkerson, and Kris Merschrod. 2011. “Placing the Community in Community Development: An Examination of Structural Social Capital on the Island of Carriacou, Grenada.” Rural Sociological Society, Boise, Idaho, July 27-August 1.

Mohammad, Fida. US-Pakistan Security Dilemma in Afghanistan, Eastern Sociological Society 82nd  Annual Meeting, at New York, New York on February 24, 2012

Mohammad, Fida. DECENTERED POWER: Road to Anarchy in Pakistan, Eastern Sociological Society 82nd  Annual Meeting, at New York, New York on February 25, 2012

Mohammad, Fida. Peace and Security, Round Table Discussant, Eastern Sociological Society 81th Annual Meeting, at Philadelphia on February 24, 2011

Mohammad, Fida. Heterogeneity within TalibanMovement , Eastern Sociological Society 81th Annual Meeting, at Philadelphia on February 25, 2011

Fulkerson, Gregory and Elizabeth Seale. 2011. “Cooperstown, New York:
America’s Perfect Simulation of Small Town Life?” Rural Sociological Society, Boise, Idaho, July 27-August 1.

Fulkerson, Gregory and Gretchen Thompson. 2011. “Introducing Structural Social Capital in the Community Development Course” Rural Sociological Society, Boise, Idaho, July 27-August 1.

Fulkerson, Gregory, Laura McKinney, and John Shandra. 2011. “Explaining the Carbon Footprints of Nations: World System Position, Urbanization, and World Polity.” Rural Sociological Society, Boise, Idaho, July 27-August 1.

Curch, L.M., Gendron, T., Teaster, P. & Welleford, E.A. (2011, March). Surviving and thriving as a female gerontologist in an academic setting. Discussion session presented at the meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, OH.

Curch, L.M. (2011, March). Living and learning in a media-saturated society: Media literacy and implications for gerontology education. Discussion session presented at the meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, OH.

Mohammad, Fida. “Whither US Policy in Afghanistan”, public Lecture, sponsored by Center for Social Science Research, State University of New York College at Oneonta, February 12, 2013.

Mohammad, Fida. A Panelist on Domestic Violence sponsored by Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, SUNY, Oneonta Campus, April 16th, 2012

Mohammad, Fida.A Panelist on Race and Police sponsored by UUP United University Profession, Oneonta SUNY, Oneonta Campus, March 13, 2012

Mohammad, Fida.“Contemplative Practices in Islam,” Yoga & Meditation Society, SUNY

 

Student Collaborations:

Dr. Lisa Curch

  • Lilly Powers & Matthew Neill: "The Person in Dementia Care." In progress Fall 2011.

  • Cassandra Proper: "Social Aspects of Oral Health and Aging." In progress Fall 2011.

Dr. Ho Hon Leung

  • Eric Bedell: “New Globalization: Fair Trade or Reality.” Student Research Grant, College at Oneonta Foundation, SUNY College at Oneonta 2008.

  • Chun Kit Lo: “Hong Kong Ethnic and Cultural Identities: Perspectives from Young Adults.” Student Research Grant 2008.

  • Sheung Ying Lau: “Art and Artists in the Course of Social Changes: 20th Century and 21st Century.” Student-Initiated Research Grant, College at Oneonta Foundation, SUNY College at Oneonta 2006.

  • Yan Yin Ruan and Lee Lee Ng: “Chinese Immigrants in a Metropolitan City: Settling or Struggling?” Facility-Initiated Student Research Grant, College at Oneonta Foundation, SUNY College at Oneonta 2005.

Dr. Elizabeth Seale

  • Currently Dr. Seale is working with several students, including Laura Obernesser, Demi Malik, and Alyssa Moskal, on the reproductive and health autonomy study. She is also supervising Melissa Erickson’s project on Slut-Shaming among College Students. Both sets of students have presented recently at the March 2013 Eastern Sociological Society meetings in Boston, MA. She is also supervising Dominick DeNofio’s quantitative analyses of welfare-to-work cases across the United States. 

  • There are opportunities for additional Research Assistants (paid, unpaid, course credit) and individual supervision of research—inquire at Schumacher 14-I.

Gregory Fulkerson:

  • Dr. Fulkerson has recently been engaged in research with David Lewis, presenting at the Eastern Sociological Society in 2012: "Explaining the Ecological Footprint." Prior to that he supervised research by Matthew Brandi in a presentation for the Student Research Show:. "Social Capital in Online Social Networks."

  • There are opportunities for additional Research Assistants (unpaid, course credit) and individual supervision of research—inquire at Schumacher 14-B.

Other Activity in Progress:

  • Dr. Seale's grants include an ASA grant of $5,760 from the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline with Tiffany Taylor of Kent State University, and a New York Vibrant Grant from the Center for Economic & Community Development for $2,145. 

  • Dr. Lowe and Dr. Fulkerson are collaborating with TLTC and faculty from other department on developing tools and analysis techniques related to "Big Data" and social media. This effort has resulted in a SUNY IITG grant, and the team is working to secure additional funding from SUNY as well as the National Science Foundation.

  • Dr. Thomas and Dr. Fulkerson are collaborating with faculty in other departments at SUNY Oneonta as well as at Utica College on a new project that examines the history and current state of millponds in upstate New York.