Sociology (323) 343-2200

Mohammed Abdelhamid
Adjunct Faculty of Sociology; M.A., Cal State L.A.
Contact: (323) 343-2200

Fraser is a expert on statistics, research methods, and intimate relationship. Fluent in: Arabic.

Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte
Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., Harvard University
Contact: (323) 343-2212

Dr. Bodinger-deUriarte is an expert on social psychology, especially in the areas of child and adolescent development, intimate relationships, identity formation, and the life span. She is also interested in the sociology of culture, particularly media, music, literature and the arts. Her current research focuses on methodology, program evaluation and applied sociology. She has authored a publication on hate crimes.

Elaine Draper
Associate Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Contact: (323) 343-2299

Elaine Draper is a sociologist and legal scholar who received her J.D. from UCLA. Her professional experience includes government consulting and publication in the areas of health and health policy, bioethics, new biomedical technologies, health and environmental hazards, and government and corporate policy. Her book, Risky Business: Genetic Testing and Exclusionary Practices in the Hazardous Workplace (Cambridge University Press), was awarded the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the American Sociological Association; the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Book Award; and the C. Wright Mills Book Award Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She is also the author of The Company Doctor: Risk, Responsibility, and Corporate Professionalism (Russell Sage Foundation).

Rick Fraser
Sociology Lecturer; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Contact: (323) 343-6352

Dr. Fraser is a family therapist expert on issues of child custody and involving the Los Angeles Superior Courts.

Janet Lever
Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., Yale University
Contact: (323) 343-2214

Dr. Lever specializes in gender studies, leisure studies, applied sociology, and the social consequences of human sexuality. She is also adjunct staff at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, where she researches and writes on sex and health policy issues. She and Dr. Pepper Schwartz coauthored Glamour magazine’s monthly “Sex and Health” column throughout the 1990s, and Dr. Lever currently constructs surveys on related topics for Elle/, including some of the largest studies to date on the consequences of “Sex in the Workplace,” “Sex on the Internet,” and “Body Imagery.” In 1983, spurred by the World Cup Soccer event, Dr. Lever authored Soccer Madness (University of Chicago Press/reprinted by Waveland Press, 1995), which has been printed in Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Gretchen Peterson
Associate Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., University of Arizona
Contact: (323) 343-2211

Dr. Peterson’s research and teaching interests include small group interaction, social psychology, emotions, sports, cultural diversity, and women’s/gender issues.

Ronald Tsukashima
Professor of Sociology; Ph.D., UCLA
Contact: (323) 343-2213

Over the past 16 years, Dr. Tsukashima has taught courses at Cal State L.A. in social problems, race and social conflict and urban social change. He has considerable expertise in the adjustment of immigrant Japanese-Americans, ethnic entrepreneurship among Asian American immigrants and patterns of conflict in the study of Black/Jewish relations. In 1984-85, Dr. Tsukashima was awarded a Fulbright-Hays grant to lecture on the American society at Kyusha University and Seinan Gakuin University in Japan.

Gunnar Valgeirsson
Lecturer of Sociology; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Contact: (323) 343-2212

Dr. Valgeirsson is an expert on sociology of drug use, sports and business. Fluent in: Icelandic, German, Danish.