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Faculty & Staff

The Department consists of nine full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, a handful of part time faculty, and one administrative staff member.  Our faculty are experts in their research areas as well as excellent teachers while our staff provides the support for faculty and student excellence.

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Department mailing address:

Department of Sociology
California State University, Fresno
5340 N. Campus Drive, M/S SS97 
Fresno, CA 93740-8019

Department contact information:

Office: Social Science 211

Phone: 559.278.2234

Fax: 559.278.6468

 

Staff

Reyna Alvarado, Administrative Support Coordinator I

 Reyna Alvarado
 
Office Location: Social Science 211
Office Phone: 559.278.2234
Email: realvarado@mail.fresnostate.edu
 

Full-Time (Tenure & Tenure-Track) Faculty

Amber Crowell, Assistant Professor

Amber Crowell, Assistant Professor 

Office Location: Social Science 218
Office Phone: 559-278-2275
Email: acrowell@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 175 Sec 04 10:00-11:50am M W Virtual Synchronous
SOC 175 Sec 06 2:00-3:50pm M W Virtual Synchronous
SOC 175 Sec 08 5:00-6:50pm T TH Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00 – 11:00 AM via Zoom link for class meetings. Also available by appointment.

Personal Biography & Areas of Specialty 

Dr. Crowell studies residential segregation, racial and ethnic inequality, social demography, and quantitative methodology. She earned her PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University.

Recent Publications

Fossett, Mark and Amber R. Crowell. Forthcoming. "Urban and Spatial Demography," in Handbook of Population (2nd edition), edited by Dudley L. Poston. New York: Faller.

Amber R. Crowell and Mark Fossett. 2019. "The Unique Case of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: Locational Attainments and Segregation in the Twin Cities." Spatial Demography.

Crowell, Amber R. and Mark Fossett. 2018. "White and Latino Locational Attainments: Assessing the Role of Race and Resources in U.S. Metropolitan Residential Segregation." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(4):491-507.

Recent News Coverage

"Fresno’s Mason-Dixon Line" More than 50 years after redlining was outlawed, the legacy of discrimination can still be seen in California’s poorest large city." August 20, 2018 in The Atlantic.

"Spanish Speakers Experience Discrimination At Valley Food Pantries." May 29, 2018 in Valley Public Radio.

"On #TakeAKnee: Can we talk about the why?" October 16, 2017 in The Fresno Bee.

Tim Cupery, Assistant Professor

Tim Cupery, Assistant Professor 

Office Location: Social Science 219
Office Phone: 559-278-2005
Email: tcupery@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2020

Class Time Days Location
SOC 125 Sec 01  9:00-10:50am  T TH  Virtual Synchronous
SOC 125 Sec 02  2:00-3:50pm  T TH Virtual Synchronous
SOC 125 Sec 04  4:00-4:50pm  M W Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1:30pm; Wednesday 2-3:30pm via Google Chat/Meet.

Personal Biography

Dr. Timothy Cupery received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Cupery worked as a data scientist before coming to Fresno State, and teaches statistics and quantitative research methods, along with topical courses on religion and sports.

Areas of Specialty

At UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Cupery studied cross-national patterns in government policies toward religion. In addition to religion-state relations, he also studies group identity and political conflict, religion and health, and socio-genetics.

Papers in Progress:

  • "Measuring Dimensions of Government Involvement in Religion: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis Approach"
  • "Born This Way? A Socio-Genetic Analysis of Risk-Taking and Religiosity in Life-Course Transitions"
  • "State-Level Predictors of Government Policy Toward Religion: A Cross-National Analysis"

Debbie Helsel, Professor

Debbie Helsel, Associate Professor

Office Location: Social Science 223 
Office Phone: 559-278-5144 
Email: deborahh@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2020

Class Time Days Location
SOC 1 Sec 4 TBA TBA Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 147 Sec 02 TBA TBA Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 152 Sec 02 TBA TBA Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: Thursdays 10am-12pm and email office hours MTW: 10am-12pm.

Personal Biography, Research Interests and Areas of Specialty

Dr. Helsel is a medical sociologist who has researched and written on Hmong healthcare, shamans as care providers, and Hmong end-of-life care issues. She also has an RN. Aside from Medical Sociology, Dr. Helsel teaches classical theory, inequality, and the Sociology of Death and Dying. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent Publications

Helsel, Deborah. 2019. Paper Spirits and Flower Sacrifices: Hmong Shamans in the 21st Century. Journal of Transcultural Nursing 30(2): 132-136.

Matt Jendian, Professor

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Office Location: Social Sciences 225
Office Phone: 559-278-2891 
Email: matthewj@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021: On Sabbatical, not teaching. 

Office Hours: None

Personal Biography

Matthew Ari Jendian was born and raised in Fresno and received his B.A. in sociology and minor degrees in psychology and Armenian Studies from Fresno State (1991) and his Ph.D. from USC (2001). Dr. Jendian, a tenured Full Professor in sociology, is the founding director of the Humanics Program in Community Benefit Administration at Fresno State (established 1998) and served as the Chair of the Sociology Department from 2009-2019.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Jendian regularly teaches courses on the "Sociology of Race & Ethnicity," "Contemporary Social Issues," "Sociology of Terrorism & Genocide," and "Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Community Organizing."  In August 2012, Dr. Jendian was promoted to Full Professor, and he continues to direct the Humanics Program and serve as faculty advisor for the Humanics AFP Collegiate Chapter. 

Dr. Jendian has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles as well as two books: Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2008) and #Think: Critical Thinking about Social Problems (Kendall Hunt, 2017).  

Dr. Jendian is the recipient of several honors, including the 2012 President’s Award of Excellence presented by the University Advisory Board at Fresno State in recognition of his integrity, leadership and commitment to the university and community, the 2008 “Provost’s Award for Faculty Service,” the 2016 “Together We Win Award” in recognition of his role in civic engagement, the 2014 “Trailblazer for Prosperity” Award from Southeast Fresno Community & Economic Development Association, the 2007 Social Action Award from Temple Beth Israel, and the 2007 “Amigo Award” presented by Vida en El Valle to “a non-Latino individual or organization that has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Latino community.”  He was honored in Menk, an encyclopedia of biographies of prominent Armenian scholars.  He was nominated for the 2009 California Campus Compact Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships, was selected as part of the first cohort of the Irvine Foundation’s New Leadership Network, and has written and received national and federal grants to develop curricula that engage university students in capacity-building work with Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) in Central California. 

Dr. Jendian has served as a board member for several CBOs, including Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.), Buchanan Babe Ruth Baseball Association, Inc., Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council, Fresno Housing Alliance, Regenerate California Innovation (formerly Relational Culture Institute), and Fresno Metro Ministry and as an external evaluator with local and multinational CBOs, including Porterville College and Armenian General Benevolent Union. 

Andrew R. Jones, Professor

Andrew R. Jones, Professor
 
Office Location: Social Science 221
Office Phone: 559-278-8806
Email: anjones@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
 SOC 153 Sec 02  ----  ----  Virtual Asynchronous
 SOC 176 Sec 02  ----  ---- Virtual Asynchronous
 SOC 176 Sec 04  ----  ---- Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: M & W 11am-12pm & 5-6pm, TTH 10am-11am

Personal Biography

Dr. Jones completed his doctorate in sociology in July of 2006 at the University of Oregon (Dissertation title: “How the Media Frame Global Warming: A Harbinger of Human Extinction or Endless Summer Fun?”) and joined the faculty at Fresno State in the fall of 2007. He attained an M.S. in sociology from the University of Oregon in 2003, an M.S. in social science from Pittsburg State University in 1998, and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Kansas in 1994. In addition to his academic development, Dr. Jones has worked as a newspaper editor and as a branch manager for a multi-national corporation.

Dr. Jones resides in Fresno with his wife, Melissa, their four cats: Millie, Siona, Ra, & Riffraff, and four dogs: Coco, Gigi, Lulu, & Mimi. His hobbies and interests include tennis, hiking, bicycling, photography, watching movies & playing video games, cooking, sculpting, and painting.

Areas of Specialty

His teaching and research interests include social theory, cultural sociology, mass media, environmental sociology, political economy, and political sociology. Substantively, he specializes in media framing of environmental issues and their impact on social perceptions. Prior to joining Fresno State, Dr. Jones taught courses at the University of Oregon and Pittsburg State University in sociology of mass media, Marxist social theory, crime & deviance, introductory sociology, American government, and introduction to philosophy.

Dr. Jones is currently working on multi-disciplinary research through a grant from the National Science Foundation, examining human water use behaviors and their impacts on biodiversity in an urban environment. The Urban Long Term Research Area - Fresno And Clovis Ecosocial Study (ULTRA-FACES) team has collected bird, tree, and social data for the Fresno and Clovis Metropolitan Area and is examining the interactions between water policy, residential water use, and urban biodiversity. His recent publications include:

Jones, Andrew R. “Using news media content analysis as a teaching tool in sociology of popular culture.” National Social Science Journal, Vol. 50, No. 2., pp. 19-24.

Madhusudan Katti, Andrew R. Jones, Derya Özgoç Çağlar, Henry D. Delcore, and Kaberi Kar Gupta. 2017. “The Influence of Structural Conditions and Cultural Inertia on Water Usage and Landscape Decision-Making in a California Metropolitan Area.” Sustainability, 9(9).

Madhusudan Katti, Andrew R. Jones, Mara Brady, and Beth Weinman. 2016. “From Tropical Plantations to K-cups: A socio-environmental analysis of the global journey of coffee.” National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), 2015-10.

Jones, Andrew R.  2014. “Framing global warming: An international comparison of the influence of climate contrarians on news media coverage.” National Social Science Journal, Vol. 41, No.2, pp. 49-65.

Jones, Andrew R. 2009. “The Next Mass Extinction: Human Evolution or Human Eradication.” Journal of Cosmology, Vol. 2, November, pp. 316- 333.

Jones, Andrew R. 2009. Fads, Fetishes & Fun: A Sociological Analysis of Pop Culture. Cognella Press: San Diego, CA.

Timothy Kubal, Associate Professor

 Timothy Kubal, Associate Professor
 
Office Location: Social Science 224 
Office Phone: 559-278-5145 
Email: tkubal@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
 SOC 3 Sec 02 9:00-9:50am  M  Virtual Synchronous
 SOC 3 Sec 04 9:00-9:50am  W  Virtual Synchronous
 SOC 122 Sec 02 2:00-3:15pm M W  Virtual Synchronous
 SOC 174 Sec 02 10:00-10:50am M W   Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours:  Anytime via email, also online immediately after our weekly class meeting and via appointment.

Personal Biography

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2001. Southern Illinois University. I taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for two years before coming to Fresno State in 2002.

My hobbies include bicycling, downhill skiing, and cooking.

Areas of Specialty

Journal editor (social movements section), Sociology Compass (2016-2017)

President, California Sociological Association (2016-2017)

Chair, Social Science Research and Instructional Council (2017)

I currently teach courses such as social movements, social change, gender, race, and critical thinking about society. I have published on the topic of "diversity and learning outcomes," and I am analyzing variations in learning outcomes in traditional and online classes. I am also developing content for the textbook market.

My main research area is social movements.  My 2008 book, Cultural Movements and Collective Memory: Christopher Columbus and the Rewriting of the National Origin Myth examines the patriotic, religious, ethnic, and anti-colonial movements that have successfully mobilized to shape public commemoration of Columbus Day.

I have published research on cultural processes within environmental movements.

I am participating with colleagues and students in research projects on self efficacy, sexual abstinence movements, and homelessness.

I have developed community statistics sites as well as a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) software package, among other small pieces of software.  I have been training students to use the CATI software to collect interviews from residents in the Central Valley to understand public attitudes about social issues such as police misconduct, homelessness, and environmental problems.

Justin Sean Myers, Assistant Professor

Justin Sean Myers, Assistant Professor 
Office Location: Social Science 102C
Office Phone: 559-278-7346
Email: justinmyers@csufresno.edu
Personal website: justinseanmyers.com

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 150T Sec 03 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 151 Sec 04 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 151 Sec 06 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: T 2:00-3:00pm, TH 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment via Zoom

Personal Biography

A born and raised Californian, Dr. Myers graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College (AA), Sonoma State (BA), and San Diego State (MA).  He received his PhD from The City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013 and taught for five years at Marist College before starting at Fresno State in the Fall of 2018.

Areas of Specialty 

Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Food & Agriculture, Environmental Justice & Food Justice, Social Inequality, Social Movements, Work & Labor, Urban Sociology, Critical Theory.

Research Focus

His work investigates the relationship between oppression and resistance through exploring how social movements are utilizing food as a means to address social, economic, and environmental injustice.  

His primary research project is focused on East New York Farms (ENYF!), a longstanding food justice organization in the Black, Caribbean, and Latinx community of East New York, Brooklyn, and analyzes their efforts to build a community food system premised on farmers markets, urban farms, and market-oriented community gardens to address a legacy of political and economic marginalization. 

Recent Publications

Aptekar, Sofya and Justin Sean Myers.  2020. “The Tale of Two Gardens: Green Aesthetics vs Food Justice in the Big Apple.” Agriculture & Human Values 37 (4): 779-792.

Myers, Justin Sean. 2020. “Theories in Environmental Sociology” Pp. 28-56 in Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology, edited by Kenneth Gould and Tammy Lewis, third edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Myers, Justin Sean, Prita Lal, and Sofya Aptekar. 2020. “Community Gardens and Gentrification in New York City: The Uneven Politics of Facilitation, Accommodation, and Resistance.” Pp. 245-265 in A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City, edited by Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca. New York: NYU Press.

Myers, Justin Sean.  2018. “Food and Hunger.” In Twenty Lessons in Food and Agriculture, edited by Jason Konefal and Maki Hatanaka. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 

Jennifer Randles, Associate Professor & Chair

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Office Location: Social Science 211
Office Phone: 559.278.5146
Email: jrandles@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 165 Sec 01 --- ---  Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 185I Sec 1 & 3 --- ---  Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 190 Sec 2 & 4 --- ---  Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm, Thursdays 9:00-10:00, and by appointment.

Personal Biography

Dr. Randles graduated from Austin College (BA in sociology and political science, 2003) and earned masters (2005) and doctoral degrees (2011) in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Areas of Specialty

Family; Gender; Social Inequality; Poverty; Social Policy; Parenting; Childhood; Race/Ethnicity; Interpersonal Relationships; Qualitative Research Methodologies.

Selected Recent Publications

“The Means to and Meaning of ‘Being There’ in Responsible Fatherhood Programming.” Family Relations, in press.

“Role Modeling Responsibility: The Essential Father Discourse in Responsible Fatherhood Programming and Policy.” Social Problems, in press.

“Pregnant Embodiment and Field Research.” Oxford Body and Embodiment Handbook, edited by Natalie Boero and Katherine Mason, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

“‘Manning Up’ to be a Good Father: Hybrid Fatherhood, Masculinity, and U.S. Responsible Fatherhood Policy.” Gender & Society 32(4): 516-539, 2018.

“Gender, Families, and Social Policy.” Pp. 405-416 in Handbook of the Sociology of Gender, edited by Barbara J. Risman, Carissa M. Froyum, and William J. Scarborough. New York: Faller, 2018.

Proposing Prosperity: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

“Making Men into ‘Responsible’ Fathers?” Contexts 17(2): 34-39, 2018.

“Learning to Labor, Love, and Live: Shaping the ‘Good Neoliberal Citizen’ in State Work and Marriage Programs.” Sociological Perspectives 61(1): 39-56, 2018 (with Kerry Woodward).

“Saving Marriage Culture ‘One Marriage at a Time’: Relationship Education and the Reinstitutionalization of Marriage in an Era of Individualism.” Qualitative Sociology 41: 21-40, 2018 (with Orit Avishai).

“The Diaper Dilemma.” Contexts 16(4): 66-68, 2017.

“Redefining the Marital Power Struggle through Relationship Skills: How United States Marriage Education Programs Challenge and Reinforce Gender Inequality.” Gender & Society 30(2): 240-264, 2016.

Recent News Coverage 

“Diapers, Depression, and Gender Matter for Social Policy.” Psychology Today (with Barbara J. Risman).

“The Diaper Dilemma.” Scholars Strategy Network Podcast

“Idea: Diaper Bank for Student Parents Wins Challenge” Fresno State COSS.

Christopher Sullivan, Associate Professor

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Office Location: Social Science 226
Office phone: 559-278-7731
Email: chsullivan@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 20201: On Sabbatical, not teaching. 

Office Hours: None

Personal Biography

Dr. Sullivan received his B.A. in Asian Studies and Sociology from Cornell University, and completed his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an M.A. degree in Sociology, an M.A. in Demography, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography. 

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Sullivan specializes in understanding how processes of globalization influence social institutions – from large-scale financial institutions like the World Bank, to more local institutions centered around public health here in the Central Valley.  Dr. Sullivan lived and conducted research in mainland China for nearly 5 years. He has published research on Uyghur Muslim restaurants in the United States, and on the rise of accountability mechanisms that handle human rights grievances brought against international financial institutions. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Health Resources & Services Administration. Dr. Sullivan teaches courses on globalization, public sociology, quantitative research methods, statistics, and visually based research methods. 

Publications

Sullivan, Christopher. 2020. “Redefining and Challenging the Boundaries of Chinese Cuisine: A Visually Based Exploration of Uyghur Restaurants in the United States.” in American Chinese Restaurants: Society, Culture and Consumption, edited by Jenny Banh and Haiming Liu. Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Altholz, Roxanna, and Chris Sullivan. 2017. The Accountability of International Financing Institutions: Community Perspectives on the World Bank’s Compliance/Advisor Ombudsman. Berkeley, CA: Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley.

Book Review: Sullivan, Christopher. 2008. “Under the Heel of the Dragon: Islam, Racism, and Crime, and the Uighur in China.” Contemporary Sociology. 37(4): 329-330.

 

Part-Time Faculty

Estela Acebedo-Gonzalez

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: eacebedogonzalez@mail.fresnostate.edu

Class schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 130W Sec 8 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 130W Sec 10 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 130W Sec 11 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: Mondays by appointment only, from 12:00-2:00pm.

Natasha Hagaman

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Office Location: Social Science 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: nhagaman@mail.fresnostate.edu
 

Class schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 3 Sec 22 --- --- Digital Campus
SOC 131 Sec 06 --- --- Digital Campus

Office Hours: Mondays from 10-11am and by appt.

Personal Biography

Natasha started teaching at Fresno State as a lecturer after embarking on a career change following her early career working for lobbying associations in Sacramento, and later working for Fresno County in the County Administrative Office and the Department of Behavioral Health. She has a B.A. in Gender Studies (Sonoma State) and an M.A. in Public Policy (Claremont Graduate University). Natasha began her Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Merced in Fall 2016, and is currently working on her dissertation research which examines gender identity in couples where fathers are the lead parent. Natasha anticipates completing her Ph.D. in May 2022.

Publications

Beattie, Irenee, Nella Van Dyke, and Natasha Hagaman-Cummins. “What Do We Know about LGBQ+ College Student Academic Experiences and Outcomes?” Sociology Compass. (Forthcoming)

Eric Hickey

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: erich@csufresno.edu

Class schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 1 Sec 02 8:00-8:50am M W F Virtual Synchronous
SOC 1 Sec 06 10:00-10:50am M W F Virtual Synchronous
SOC 162 Sec 05 9:00-9:50am M W F Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours: Virtual office hours will be Friday 11:00 am – 12:00pm and by appointment.

Robin Huigen

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: robinh@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 3 Sec 10 --- ---  
SOC 3 Sec 12 --- --- Digital Campus
SOC 111 Sec 04 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 143 Sec 02 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: M, W, TH 11-12:00pm.

Gregory Kennedy

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: gregoryk@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 3 Sec 06 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 130WS Sec 01 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 130WS Sec 02 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 130WS Sec 04 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 10am to 11am.

Vera Kennedy

Office: SS 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: vekennedy@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 3 Sec 14  ---  ---  Digital Campus
SOC 143 Sec 04   ---  ---  Digital Campus
SOC 143 Sec 08   ---  ---  Digital Campus

Virtual Office Hours:  By appointment only.

Personal Biography

Vera G. Kennedy is a Lecturer at California State University, Fresno and a tenured faculty at West Hills Community College Lemoore. Dr. Kennedy received her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and Masters in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno and her doctorate from Argosy University in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Kennedy teaches courses in cultural diversity, deviance, drugs and society, mental health, social problems, and applied sociology. She received the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award and was recognized by the West Hills College Lemoore Team TEACH program as an All-star in Teaching. Her most recent publication was on The Influence of Cultural Capital on Hispanic Student College Graduation Rates.

She has experience working with nonprofit and public agencies in organizational development, grant writing, program evaluation, and social research. Dr. Kennedy is certified by the National Grant Writers Association as a Senior Certified Grants Specialist and Certified Grants Reviewer. Before teaching full-time, she worked as the Juvenile Justice Services Coordinator for the Fresno Superior Court and assisted in the establishment and facilitation of the Juvenile Mental Health Court for Fresno County. Prior to the Court, Dr. Kennedy owned and operated a private consulting firm for six years. From 1999-2002, she was the Associate Director for the Central California Center for Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Kennedy served on the Board of Directors for Comprehensive Youth Services, a child abuse prevention agency for eight years. She was appointed by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Fresno County Foster Care Oversight Committee for six years. She most recently served as a member of the Fresno County Human Resources Advisory Board responsible for reviewing and recommending local grant funding administered by the County of Fresno.

Andrew Levine

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: alevine@mail.fresnostate.edu

 Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 111 Sec 06 11:00-12:15am T TH Virtual Synchronous
SOC 111 Sec 08 6:30-7:45pm M W Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours: T/Th 11:00-12:15pm.

Ed Nelson

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: ednelson@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 3 Sec 08 11:00am-12:15pm T TH Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours: Zoom session after class and other times on Zoom or email by appointment.

Personal Biography

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1968. He taught at Rutgers for five years before coming to California State University, Fresno in 1973.

Areas of Specialty

Currently he teaches courses in research methods, quantitative methods, and critical thinking. He serves on the Academic Information Technology subcommittee and is the co-chair of the Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers. He is also the campus representative to the Social Science

Research and Instructional Council of the CSU and is the Executive Director of the California Sociological Association.

He has been the director of the Social Research Laboratory (SRL) since 1980. The Social Research Laboratory is part of the College of Social Sciences, California State University Fresno. The SRL provides research support to the university, governmental and non-profit agencies, as well as to other local and regional groups. Assistance is provided in a number of areas including sampling design, questionnaire construction, interviewer training, data collection, coding, data entry, statistical analysis, and computer applications. In the last few years, the SRL has focused on conducting telephone surveys for many different agencies and organizations. Recently the SRL initiated another avenue of research support under the direction of Dr. Xuanning Fu. This project examines state mandated exam test scores (such as CST, California Standard Test) and looks for patterns by student characteristics, so that targeted teaching and remedial actions can be taken. These services are provided to local K-12 schools to help school administrators make research-based decisions.

The SRL also provides evaluation services to agencies and organizations.  Currently the lab is the evaluator for Weed and Seed in Modesto and has worked with the Relational Culture Institute in Fresno to analyze data collected from community leaders and with AmeriCorps.

Janine Nkosi

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Office: none.
Office phone: none.
Email: jnkosi@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 1 Sec 10 --  --- Digital Campus
SOC 3 Sec 24 --  -- Digital Campus 
SOC 3 Sec 26 --  --  Digital Campus
SOC 3S Sec 02 -- --   Digital Campus

Office Hours: M-TH 8am-9am and by appointment.

Personal Biography

Greetings students and colleagues! My name is Janine Nkosi and I’m a dedicated and passionate sociologist, activist-educator, and community organizer. I am firmly committed to working alongside my students to develop and deepen their sociological imagination through critical community-based research and organizing. I started teaching Sociology at Fresno State in 2011 and was blessed to join the Merritt College Sociology Department in Spring 2020! I’m a proud first-generation college graduate. I began my higher ed journey at Fresno City College as a single mom of two beautiful children, Asante and Jennifer. My children are my strength, courage, inspiration and determination. I did not achieve a high school diploma or GED, but I did earn an associate degree in Liberal Studies and five additional degrees-- a bachelor’s in Sociology, master’s in Counseling, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State (Bulldog pride!), and dual master’s in Sociology, and Chicana and Chicano Studies from my hometown college San José State University (go Spartans!).

I strive every day to put my sociological knowledge, skills, and passion into action as a regional community organizer with Faith in the Valley– a multiracial, multiethnic, and multifaith grassroots community organization dedicated to working alongside residents to advance racial justice across the Central Valley. My teaching, research, and organizing philosophy is rooted in Critical Race Theory and methodologies, Critical Pedagogy, Community Cultural Wealth and Funds of Knowledge. Collectively, this model centers students’ lived experience, fosters critical consciousness and praxis, is inspiring, loving, joyful, academically rigorous, and aims to advance racial and economic justice. I care very deeply about my family, my students and my community. I’m passionate about connecting classroom learning to meaningful community change. If you’d like to know more about me, check out my ePortfolio: http://bit.ly/JanineNkosi and connect with me on Twitter @JanineNkosi

I look forward to working alongside you in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the community!

Cinthia Quesada

   Office Location: Social Science 129
   Office phone: 559-278-2892
   Email: cinthiaquesada@mail.fresnostate.edu

Class schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 3 Sec 16 ---  ---  Digital Campus
SOC 158 Sec 01 ---  ---  Digital Campus

Office Hours: 10AM - 11AM or by appointment.

Shilpa Ranganathan

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email:  sranganathan@csufresno.edu

Class schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 1 Sec 08  ---  ---   Digital Campus
SOC 3 Sec 18  --- ---  Digital Campus
SOC 3 Sec 20  --- ---  Digital Campus

Office Hours: Wed. 5 to 6 pm and Thursday 12 to 1pm.

Shirisha Shankar

Office Location: Social Science 129 
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: shankar@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 142 Sec 2 ---  ---  Digital Campus
SOC 142 Sec 4 ---  ---  Digital Campus
SOC 142 Sec 6 ---  ---  Digital Campus
Soc 151 Sec 2 ---  ---  Digital Campus

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10am-11am & by appt.

Don Simmons

Office: Social Science 129
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: dsimmons@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 130WS Sec 6 ---  ---  Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 150T Sec 1 --- ---  Digital Campus 
SOC 183S Sec 2 ---  --- Virtual Asynchronous 
SOC 185I Sec 2 & 5 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 187S Sec 1 --- --- Virtual Asynchronous

 Office Hours: Tues 1pm-2pm and Wed 2pm-3pm.

Sean Slusser

Office Location: Social Science 129
Department phone: 559-278-2892
Email: seslusser@mail.fresnostate.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Times Days Location
SOC 130W Sec 2 10:00-11:50am M W Virtual Synchronous
SOC 130W Sec 4 2:00-3:50pm M W Virtual Synchronous
SOC 130W Sec 6 4:00-5:50pm M W Virtual Synchronous

Office Hours: Monday: 11:00-12:30; Thursday 11:00-12:00 and by appointment.

Linda Vang

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Office Location: Social Science 129

Department phone: 559-278-2892
Email: lindavan@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 130W Sec 9  --- ---  Virtual Asynchronous
SOC 131 Sec 2  --- ---  Digital Campus
SOC 131 Sec 4  --- ---  Digital Campus
SOC 168 Sec 2  --- --- Virtual Asynchronous

Office Hours: T and TH from 2 to 3 pm & by appt.

Hello, everyone!  My name is Linda Matasic Vang, and I am honored to be a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Fresno State and a full-time tenured faculty member in Sociology at Fresno City College.  I earned my BA in Sociology and Math from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio and my MA in Sociology and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.  After working many years in medical social work (hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and hospice) along with teaching, I decided to return to school and earned my joint doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from UC Davis and Fresno State.  I continue to work as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), providing consultation and clinical supervision.

Originally, I hoped to become a high school math teacher but after taking my first college course in sociology, I became inspired by C. Wright Mills’ sociological imagination that urges us to consider how our personal troubles are impacted by public issues. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, once a major steel producing town, I observed the devastating impact of deindustrialization on my community; as a teen in the 1960’s, I began to understand the urgent need for racial, gender, and economic equality; and as a first generation college student from a working-class family, I recognized the important role that higher education can play in our lives.  My teaching and research interests have been informed by my own story, and thus, I help students connect their personal narratives to the sociological imagination; I work to develop course content in collaboration with the community to bring local relevancy to the classroom; and I am a strong advocate for student success. I enjoy mentoring students towards their career goals by providing resource information and social networking. I incorporate the use of various technologies in my classroom for student engagement, and in 2016, I participated in the first cohort of distance education faculty for former Governor Jerry Brown’s Online Education Initiative to increase online course access across California’s community colleges.

I regularly teach courses in sex and gender, writing about social problems, interpersonal relationships and critical thinking.  I have conducted numerous workshops and in-services to professional groups on the topics of education, diversity, health care, and end-of-life care. My dissertation studied registered nurses and their experiences in advance care planning in home health care (2009).  

Please feel free to reach out to me:  lindavan@csufresno.edu or lindamatasic@gmail.com

Sarah Whitley

Office: none.
Office phone: none.
Email: swhitley@csufresno.edu
 

Class Schedule Spring 2021

Class Time Days Location
SOC 148 Sec 2 --- --- Digital Campus 
SOC 148 Sec 4 --- ---  Digital Campus
SOC 163 Sec 2 --- ---  Digital Campus
SOC 163 Sec 4 --- ---  Digital Campus
SOC 163 Sec 6 --- ---  Digital Campus 

Office Hours: By appointment with students emailing me to schedule.

Personal Biography

Dr. Whitley graduated with her doctoral degree in sociology from Washington State University in 2012. She taught for a year at Washington State University before joining the tenure-track faculty at California State University, Fresno in 2013. She co-founded the Fresno State Chapter of the Food Recovery Network with Dr. Janine Nkosi and together they were recognized by President Joseph I. Castro with the "Spirit of Service" Award in April 2015 for their efforts.  At the end of Fall 2016 semester, Dr. Whitley resigned her tenure-track position, but she continues to teach on-line courses as an adjunct faculty member for the Sociology Department at Fresno State.

Areas of Specialty

She specializes in the sociology of education, poverty, qualitative methodologies, rural/urban sociology, social inequality, and stratification. She teaches classes on the sociology of education, gender, introduction to sociology, research methods, rural/urban sociology, social inequality, social problems, and stratification. She emphasizes service learning components in her classes in order to give students real world experience with the course material covered. She has advised student research on education related issues and internships in various community organizations and programs. Her current research addresses food insecurity and hunger issues in rural and urban settings and how public policy addresses the increasing hunger epidemic. Her recent publication includes:

Whitley, Sarah. 2013. “Changing Times in Rural America: Food Assistance and Food Insecurity in Food Deserts.” Journal of Family Social Work 16(1):36-52.

 

Emeritus Faculty

Emeriti

Alfred J. Claassen (1969-2001), Ph.D., University of Colorado

Kris Clarke (2008-2018), Ph.D, University of Tampere, Finland

S. John Dackawich (1970-1994), Ph.D., University of Colorado

Robert D. Fischer (1972-2001), Ph.D., Michigan State University

Albert I. McLeod (1968-2001), Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Edward E. Nelson (1973-2008), Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Ness Nelson (1973-2000), Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Robert S. Palacio (1987-2013), Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

John N. Tinker (1969-2001), Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Chandler Washburne (1968-1983), Ph.D., Michigan State University