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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, Ph. D. Assistant Professor Coffey Hall 430 773-508-3460
Deborah Baskin, PhD Professor Coffey 431 773-508-3488
Jordan Brown, Ph.D. Lecturer Coffey Hall 439 773.508.3667
Kathleen Dunn, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Coffey Hall 435 773-508-3467
David Embrick, Ph.D. Associate Professor Coffey Hall 434 773.508.3424
Judson Everitt, Ph.D. Advanced Lecturer Coffey Hall 427 773.508.3427
Anne Figert, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Coffey Hall 421 773-508-3431
Dana Garbarski, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Coffey Room 440 773.508.3786
Ayana Karanja, Ph.D. Associate Professor akaranj@luc.edu
Marilyn Krogh, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director, Director of the Urban Studies program at Loyola
Coffey Hall 428 773.508.3471
Lauren Langman, Ph.D, Professor Coffey Hall 429 773.508.3463
Kelly Moore, Ph.D. Associate Professor Coffey Hall 431 773.508.3488
Philip Nyden Director Cuneo Hall, 413 773.508.8532
Peter Rosenblatt, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Coffey Hall 438 773-508-3422
Elfriede Wedam, Ph.D. Lecturer
Research Associate-McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion
Coffey Hall 436 773.508.3669
Matthew Williams, Ph.D. Lecturer Coffey Hall 437 mwilliams26@luc.edu
Rhys H. Williams, Ph.D. Professor
Department Chair, Director-McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion
Coffey Hall 423 773.508.3459
Judith Wittner, Ph.D. Professor Coffey Hall 412 773.508.3473
J. Talmadge Wright, Ph.D. Associate Professor Coffey Hall 433 773.508.3451

Affiliated, Part-Time, Emeritus Faculty

Name Title Office # Phone/E-mail
Kathleen Adams, Ph.D. Professor Affiliated Coffey Hall 402 (773) 508-3458
Richard Block, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus rblock@luc.edu
Marcel Fredericks, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus mfreder@luc.edu
Christine George, Ph.D. Associate Research Professor Cuneo Hall, 414 773-508-8533
Kenneth Johnson, Ph.D. Affiliate Research Professor
Fred Kniss, Ph.D. Affiliate Research Professor
Kathleen R. Maas Weigert, Ph.D. Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership
Asst.to Provost for Social Justice Initiatives
Piper Hall 210 773 - 508-8463
Kathleen McCourt, Ph.D. Professor Emerita
Mary Sparks, Ph.D. Professor Emerita


Department of Sociology
Loyola University Chicago
1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Tel: (773) 508-3445
Fax: (773) 508-7099

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