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Full-time Faculty

Medora W. Barnes
Area of expertise: Sociology of the family, Intersections of family and work, Sex and gender, Social psychology, Cultural sociology, Women and health

Kenneth “Sean” Chaplin
Area of expertise: U.S. Race & Ethnic Relations, Sex & Gender, Culture, Sport, Education

Richard D. Clark
Area of expertise: Victimology, Juvenile delinquency, Restorative justice and human rights

Kenneth N. Eslinger
Area of expertise: Social problems, Corporate power and mass society, Urban sociology

Katie Frey
Area of expertise: Incarceration, Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice, Race and Crime

Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy
Area of expertise: Sociological theory, Environmental sociology, and Sociology of consumption

Wendy Wiedenhoft Murphy was promoted to full Professor in 2017 and specializes in sociological theory and the sociology of consumption. She received her doctorate at the University of Maryland in 2002. Her book, Consumer Culture and Society, was published in August 2016. She is the co-author with George Ritzer of Essentials of Sociology, 3rd Edition (2019) and Introduction to Sociology, 5th Edition (2020). In addition to chapters in edited book volumes her work has appeared in Social Movement Studies, Journal of Consumer Culture, and Peace and Change. Most recently she published “Boycotts, Buycotts, and Legislation: Tactical Lessons from Workers and Consumers during the Progressive Era” in Shopping for Change: Consumer Activism in North American History (2017). She has served as a lead faculty member and director of the Belfast Summer Institute, which has informed her research on conflict tourism and the Ulster-Scots diaspora. Currently, she is co-editing the second edition of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sociology with George Ritzer and researching the intersections of poverty and consumption in the United States. She is also working on a manuscript on global debt and justice, which she presented at Humber University’s Social Justice Under Siege conference (2017) with Mindy Peden.

She regularly teaches the following courses:

  • SC 101: Foundations of Sociology
  • SC 243: Global Debt and Justice
  • SC 260: Consumer Culture and Society
  • SC 380: Environmental Justice and Human Rights
  • SC 400: Sociological Theory

Gloria S. Vaquera
Area of expertise: Race and ethnicity, Sociology of education, Diversity in education, Undergraduate persistence, Educational attainment of Latinas/os


Emeritus Faculty – Phyllis “Penny” Harris

Emeritus Faculty – Susan Long

Part-time Faculty

Ernest DeZolt, Ph.D.
Timothy Fenske, M.A.
David Heintz, M.A.
Juan C. Hernandez, J.D.

Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel, M.A. 
James Murphy, M.A.
Kandace Pearson Schrimsher, Ph.D.
Daniel Winterich, J.D.

Office hours by appointment. Call 216.397.4381 or see current syllabus for contact information.


Ms. Amy Lux
Sociology and Criminology Administrative Assistant