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Faculty and Staff

Tenure-Track Faculty

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Shweta Adur

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Connecticut 

Phone: 323-343-2296
Email: [email protected]

Gender, Sexuality, Immigration, Asians/Asian Americans, Human Rights, Qualitative Methods

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Luoman Bao

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park

Phone: 323-343-2215
Email: [email protected]

Aging and Health, Family and Life Course, Gender, Inequality, Demography

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Bradley Campbell

Ph.D. University of Virginia

Phone: 323-343-2218
Email: [email protected]

Criminology, Law and Society, Historical-Comparative Sociology

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Wai Kit Choi

Ph.D. UC Irvine

Phone: 323-343-2214
Email: [email protected]

Critical Theory, Political Economy, Labor, Historical Society

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Katie Dingeman

Associate Professor
Ph.D. UC Irvine

Phone: 323-343-2210
Email: [email protected]

Migration, Borders/Citizenship, Detention/Deportation, Human Rights

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Kristen Discola

Associate Professor and Graduate Director
Ph.D. SUNY Albany

Phone: 323-343-2211
Email: [email protected]

Social Psychology, Emotions, Criminology, Qualitative Methods

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Elaine Draper

Ph.D. UC Berkeley, J.D. UCLA

Phone: 323-343-2299
Email: [email protected]

Law and Society, Environment and Technology, Bioethics and Medical Sociology, Work and Organizations

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Louis Esparza

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Stony Brook University

Phone: 323-343-6348
Email: [email protected]

Historical-Comparative Sociology, Social Movements, Human Rights, Latin American Studies

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Gabriela Fried Amilivia


Phone: 323-343-6349
Email: [email protected]

Cultural and Political Sociology, Human Rights, Political Transitions, Social Memory, Latin American Studies

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Roseann Giarusso

Professor and Department Chair

Phone: 323-343-2200
Email: [email protected]

Aging and Life Course, Family, and Intergenerational Relations, Quantitative Methods, Social Psychology

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Analena Hope Hassberg

Associate Professor
Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, USC

Race & Ethnicity, Food & Environmental Justice, Sustainability, Gentrification, Community Health & Wellness

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Hyojoung Kim

Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill

Phone: 323-343-5768
Email: [email protected]

Political Sociology; Social Movements; Rational Choice

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Libby Lewis

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. UC Berkeley 

Phone: 323-343-2211
Email: [email protected]

Social Philosophy, Race and Ethnicity, Human Sexuality, Sociology of Media and Culture, Ethnography.

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Luis F. Nuño

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. New School for Social Research

Phone: 323-343-2209
Email: [email protected]

Urban Sociology, Social Control, Deviant Behavior, Latina/o Sociology

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William E. Rosales

Associate Professor
Ph.D. UCLA, J.D. University of Wisconsin

Phone: 323-343-2210
Email: [email protected]

Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, Social Stratification, Deviance/Crime, Law and Society

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Tanya Sanabria

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. UC Irvine

Phone: 323-343-2216
Email: [email protected]

Sociology of Education, Social Inequality, Quantitative Methods

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Vanessa Stout

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Trinity College Dublin

Race & Ethnicity, African Diaspora, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Popular Culture

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Molly Talcott

Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara 

Email: [email protected]

Abolition, antiracist feminism, climate justice, labor & social movements, research justice methodologies, radical social theory

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Robert Weide

Associate Professor
Ph.D. New York University

Criminology, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, Radical Theory


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Mohammed Abdelhamid

M.A. Psychology, Cal State LA

Email: [email protected]

Statistics, Research Methods, Intimate Relations

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Julie Albright

Ph.D. Sociology and Clinical MFT, USC. 

Email: [email protected]

Marriage and Family, Culture and Communications, Technology and Society, Human Sexuality

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Dinur Blum

Ph.D. UC Riverside

Email: [email protected]

Social Control, Law/Crime/Deviance, Culture, Higher Education, Qualitative Research

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Victor Corona

Ph.D. Columbia University. 

Email: [email protected]

Sociology of Culture, Urban Sociology, Gender and Sexuality, Ethnography

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Geraldine Date

M.S. Gerontology and M.S.W., USC

Email: [email protected]

Aging and Social Gerontology, Community, Social Welfare/Social Work, Mental Health

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Rick Fraser

Ph.D. Sociology and Clinical M.F.T., USC
M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary

Phone: 323-343-6352
Email: [email protected]

Marriage and Family, Religion, Organizations

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Gilbert Garcia

Ph.D. Candidate, UC Riverside

Email: [email protected]

Social Inequality, Race Ethnic Relations, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

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Ruzanna Karmiryan

M.A., Sociology, Cal State LA

Email: [email protected]

Emotions, Socialization, Family, Children and Youth, Aging/Social Gerontology, Race/Class/Gender

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Soo Mee Kim

Ph.D. University of Illinois

Email: [email protected]

Political Sociology, Urban Sociology, Immigration, Globalization/Transnational Sociology,  Asian American Studies, Visual Sociology

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Theodoric Manley

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Email: [email protected]

Urban and Community Studies, Social Policy, Intergroup Relations

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Michael McKail

Ph.D. Candidate, UC Riverside

Email: [email protected]

Race/Gender/Class Inequality, Social Theory, Political Economy

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Marcellino J. Morales

Ph.D. Education, University of La Verne

Email: [email protected]

Human Sexuality, Inequality, Social Psychology

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Charity Perry

Ph.D., M.F.T., University of Louisiana Monroe

Email: [email protected]

Family Relations, Gender, Domestic Violence

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Dmitri Seals

Ph.D. UC Berkeley

Email: [email protected]

Intersectional Studies, Race, Class and Gender, Political Sociology, Cultural Sociology, Mixed Methods, Social Theory

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Melanie Stagnaro

Ph.D. University of Florida

Phone: 323-343-2028
Email: [email protected]

Aging and Life Course, Quantitative Methods, Gender

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Jeffrey D. Stone

Ph.D. Public Health UCLA

Email: [email protected]

Psychiatric Epidemiology, Medical Sociology, Survey Research, Evaluation Research, Statistics

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Gunnar Valgeirsson

Ph.D. Bowling Green State University

Phone: 323-343-2212
Email: [email protected]

Class/Race/Gender, Sociology of Sport, Violence in American Society, Drug Use and Public Policy

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Carin Wong

Ph.D. Occupational Science, USC

Email: [email protected]

Gerontology, Health Services, Long-Term Care

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Michelle Ysais

Ph.D. UC Riverside

Email: [email protected]

Race and Ethnic Relations, Domestic Violence, Deviance

Emeritus Faculty

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Bernard Berk

Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Deviance, Sociological Theory, Macro-Micro Integration

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Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte

Ph.D. Harvard University

Phone: 323-343-2212
Email: [email protected]

Evaluation and Applied Research, Social Psychology, Sociology of Media and Culture

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Steven L. Gordon

Professor Emeritus

Sociology of Emotions, Social Psychology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

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Janet Lever

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Yale University

Sociology of Gender, Human Sexuality, Alternative Family Forms

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Ron Tsukashima

Professor Emeritus

Race and Ethnic Relations, Urban Sociology, Asian-American Studies.