Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


The faculty includes 17 active full-time sociologists. Current research project topics include: racial, ethnic and economic diversity in urban communities; flexible employment for professionals; the non-profit sector; violent crime; population changes in non-metropolitan regions; the changing commitment of women to work and family roles; the role of experts in advanced industrial societies; religion and social change; community-centered models of public policy development; women and family violence; the geographical development of evangelicalism; and women and unemployment. In the last five years the department has received over $3 million in external research funding.

It is indicative of the esteem in which the faculty members of the department are held by their peers outside Loyola that a large proportion have held or are holding office in professional associations. The department counts among its numbers past presidents of the Society for Study of Social Problems, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Illinois Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Religious Research Association and the current president of the Society of Scientific Study of Religion. The combined faculty have published more than twenty-five books. They have published articles in The American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Forces, Contemporary Sociology, Human Organization, Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Quarterly, Sociology of Religion, Symbolic Interaction and in many specialized journals such as Criminology, American Demographics, Rural Sociology, The Journal of Marriage and the Family, Politics and Society, Theory and Society, and Science, Technology & Human Values.


Name Title Office # Phone/E-mail
Michael Agliardo, SJ, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 430 773.508.3460
Deborah Baskin, PhD Professor Coffey 412 773.508.3488
Helena Dagadu, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 432 773.508.3439
Kathleen Dunn, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 435 773.508.3467
David Embrick, PhD Associate Professor Coffey 434 773.508.3424
Judson Everitt, PhD Advanced Lecturer
Undergraduate Program Director
Coffey 427 773.508.3427
Anne Figert, PhD Professor
Department Chair
Coffey 423 773.508.3431
Dana Garbarski, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 440 773.508.3786
Ayana Karanja, PhD Associate Professor Coffey 439 773.508.3742
Marilyn Krogh, PhD Associate Professor
Director of the Urban Studies program at Loyola
Coffey 428 773.508.3471
Lauren Langman, PhD Professor Coffey 429 773.508.3463
Elise Martel Cohen, PhD Lecturer Coffey 451 773.508.3349
Kelly Moore, PhD Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Coffey 421 773.508.3488
Philip Nyden, PhD Professor & Director for Center of Urban Research & Learning (CURL) Cuneo 413 773.508.8532
Peter Rosenblatt, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 438 773.508.3422
Elfriede Wedam, PhD Lecturer
Research Associate-McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion
Coffey 436 773.508.3669
Matthew Williams, PhD Lecturer Coffey Hall 437 773.508.3298
Rhys H. Williams, PhD Professor
Director-McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion
Coffey 431 773.508.3459
J. Talmadge Wright, PhD Associate Professor Coffey 433 773.508.3451

Affiliated, Part-Time, Emeritus Faculty

Name Title Office # Phone/E-mail
Kathleen Adams, PhD Professor Affiliated BVM 810 773.508.3458
Richard Block, PhD Professor Emeritus rblock@luc.edu
Marcel Fredericks, PhD Professor Emeritus mfreder@luc.edu
Christine George, PhD Associate Research Professor Cuneo 414 773.508.8533
James Johnson, PhD Associate Director, Career Development Center; Director, Pre-Health Professions Program; Part-time Instructor Sullivan 268 773.508.3636
Kenneth Johnson, PhD Affiliate Research Professor
Fred Kniss, PhD Affiliate Research Professor
Kathleen R. Maas Weigert, PhD Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership
Asst.to Provost for Social Justice Initiatives
Piper 210 773.508.8463
Kathleen McCourt, PhD Professor Emerita
Mary Sparks, PhD Professor Emerita
Judith Wittner, PhD Professor Emerita Coffey 412 773.508.3473