The Department of Sociology & Anthropology



CONGRATULATIONS: Rachelle Jereza and Alison Berger have been elected for Phi Beta Kappa!

Rachel Dordal, Muhlenberg College, “Examining the Role of “Expert Knowledge” in Student Reactions to Co-Curricular Events”
Rachelle Jereza, Muhlenberg College, “Attitudes Towards Filipino Heritage Language”
Talia Ramo, Muhlenberg College, “Racial Disparities in the Allentown School District”
Simmi Patel, Muhlenberg College, “Ethno-medicinal Plants Amongst the Iraqw in the Karatu District”
Emily Blakeslee, Muhlenberg College, “Healing From Alcoholism in Navajo Culture”

Saturday, April 12 - Through the Red Doors
Saturday, April 26 - Junior Open House

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:30pm Miller Forum Moyer Hall
Lecture: Beyond Urban Myths and Sex Panics: Research with Survivors of Trafficking into Forced Labor
Denise Brennan, Associate Professor of Anthropology-Georgetown Univeristy

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4:30pm Sociology/Anthropology House
Sociology/Anthropology Senior Symposium


Dr. Ben Carter, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has been awarded a four week Faculty Summer Research Grant for this summer to conduct research on the social and political domination of the Peruvian coast by the Inca as seen through newly discovered burials.

Dr. Amy Cooper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has been awarded an 8 week Faculty Summer Research Grant to conduct ethnographic research on the politics of public health in Caracas, Venezuela this summer.

Megan Postemski '13, Anthropology Major, has been admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology to pursue a PhD in archaeology. She will begin the program in Fall 2014.

Krista Bywater, Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented a research paper "Activist Academics: Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline" at the Global Studies Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on March 1, 2014.

Krista Bywater, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Rachel Dordal '14, Sociology Major, presented a research paper "Beyond Bottled Water Strategies for Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviors and Policies" at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Baltimore, MD on February 22.

Joshua Clement '14, Sociology Major, Presented his honors thesis research "Religion and Community-Led Development in Bulongwa, Tanzania" at the poster session of the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Baltimore, MD, February 21.

Krista Bywater-Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Rachel Dordal '14, Sociology Major, presented a paper "Beyond the Boycott:  Strategies for Reducing Bottled Water Consumption on College Campuses" at the LVAIC Sustainability Conference at Lehigh University on February 8.

Megan Postemski '13 - Was awarded the Class of 1969 Graduate Study Award.

Brianna Brown '13 - Has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She will begin graduate studies this fall at the London School of Economics.

Amanda Von Taube '13- Has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Nicole McVinua '13 -  Has been accepted to teach in South Louisiana as a member of the 2013 Teach for America corps.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department’s mission is fourfold:

  1. to teach students discipline specific history, knowledge and methods,
  2. to help students develop critical thinking skills in order to produce reflective, logical, independent theses,
  3. to support the liberal arts mission of the college, and
  4. to add to the body of sociological and anthropological knowledge by conducting and disseminating research.

We are committed to excellence in our teaching and research programs. Read more about the Department's mission.

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Sociology/Anthropology House
2230 Chew Street (at the end of Leh Street by the Tennis Courts)
Allentown PA, 18104
Phone: 484-664-3873     Fax: 484-664-3722

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