Sociology and Anthropology


Gwen Kelly (Sociology,’18) is traveling around New Zealand volunteering on small family farms as a ‘wwoofer,’ or a participant in the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms program, 'a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.’ Gwen is currently in Maungakaramea, where she is helping with the harvest and farmer’s market and trying new fruits and veggies, and plans on next traveling to Hamilton to work on a small house project."

Andrea Freed (Sociology,’16) is completing her student teaching in the Boston Public Schools system, and starting in the fall as a special educator in Boston.

Nicki McVinua (Sociology,’13) has recently graduated from Columbia School of Social Work, earning a M.S.W with a focus on Policy Practice. She is now working in NYC with a nonprofit supportive housing provider, Urban Pathways, as a policy analyst.


Brianna Brown (Sociology,’13) enters the Environment and Development MSc program at the London School of Economics in Fall ‘13

Nicole McVinua (Sociology,’13) joins the 2013 Teach for America Corps upon graduation. She will teach in an elementary school in South Louisiana.

Sarah Ruthbun (Sociology,’13) will intern for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania the year after graduation. As a Sycamore House Service Corps intern, she will plan summer camp, community service and engagement projects, and development of safe youth groups and other spaces for young people of diverse backgrounds in the Harrisburg area and the Central Pennsylvania region.  Sarah also will be involved in a year-long service project in inner-city Harrisburg. 

 Josh Foss (Sociology,’12) is working at the Queens Scattered Site Housing Program for people living with HIV/AIDS as a Case Manager/Substance Abuse Counselor. The program is run by CAMBA (Church Avenue Merchants Block Association), a not-for-profit organization based out of the Brooklyn, NY. According to Josh “The classroom experiences and learning from the Sociology department definitely equipped me with an excellent foundation for what I am doing now!”

 Rebecca Glassman (Sociology,’12) is working as a Patient Educator and Telephone Counselor at Allentown Women's Center. She books appointments, counsels patients and facilitates financial assistance for low-income patients.  Rebecca also facilitates and participates in outreach programs to provide sex education programming and information about AWC’s services.

Karissa McCarthy (Sociology,’12) enters the Masters of Public Administration program at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in Fall ‘13. She will continue working at DC Greens while pursuing her graduate degree.

 Kamila Jacobs (Sociology, ’11) is working at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in two positions. As the Youth Envoy Coordinator, she works with US and Canadian high school students, creating programming and resources to get them involved in the work of the United Nations and the international human rights initiatives of the UU office.  In her role as Envoy Coordinator, Kamila creates programming, provides trainings, and shares resources for office volunteers and representatives of all ages.

Emmily Olson '11 - Emily begins the Masters Degree program in Occupational Therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in Fall ‘13.

Alex Ripkin '11 - Since graduating, Alex has been working as a Behavioral Health Worker at CATCH, Inc. (a mental health organization in Philadelphia). She works int he Children's Services department with the School Theapeutic Services program.  The program provides individual therapy, group therapy, and classroom support, depending on the children's service need.  Alex has found that many of the kids have many  mental and behavioral health issues stemming from their social situations:  "It has been a great way for me to bridge my Psychology and Sociology majors".

Emily Breines '08 - Emily recently graduated from the Masters in Teaching program at Brandeis and started her first year teaching at a "turnaround" middle school in Lawrence, MA.  She runs the Blended Learning program which helps students working on educational prgrams online and doing mini-lessons with small groups of students struggling with certain skills -- mostly math.

Michael Kurtz '10 Since my last day at Muhlenberg, life has been anything but boring -- I’ve moved to a new city, moved into a new apartment, and even kicked off a new band. On the job front, I began working in a social media analysis firm -- a job that I really credit my background in sociology. The company was looking for someone with a strong social science background, and I was looking for a job related to my senior thesis, which, in the broad sense, asked the question, ‘How do people interact with technology?’ In my job, I run analyses, write up reports and work on a wide range of projects. I really enjoy this position, as I get to employ a lot of the same skills and thought processes that drew me to sociology.

On 26 March 2010, department graduates Stacie Feldman '04 and Tara Trudnak '05 were welcomed back to campus for an informal discussion with current students in the department.about how they put their sociology and anthropology degrees to work after graduation. Stacie graduated from Muhlenberg in 2004 with a degree in Sociology and now works as a researcher with Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ. Tara graduated from Muhlenberg in 2005 with a degree in Anthropology and received her M.P.H. in Global Health from the University of South Florida. She is currently a doctoral candidate in USF’s College of Public Health.

Elana Alfred '06 is the Program Coordinator for The Workmen's Circle New York Region office. She writes, "along with event planning and putting together programs that we have regularly, I will be focusing on re-starting a social action committee. So there will be much social justice/activism involved, coalition building, and community outreach." In addition to her paid work, Elana is also engaged in social activism after work. She adds, "I am hosting a Greenpeace houseparty as the first major national event they are having for their Project Hot Seat Campaign which is to stop global warming. When I was in Washington this summer for the Change It program we launched this campaign so I'm really excited to take part in it!"

Erica Norey '04 majored in Biology and Anthropology while attending Muhlenberg.  After graduation she attended New York Law School (NYLS) and received her Juris Doctorate in May of 2007.  Erica graduated cum laude and in the top 15% of her class. She took both the New York and NJ bar exams in July '07, and is currently working in the field of Patents and Trademarks for a New York based IP firm, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.

Dylan High '11 University of Washington's Masters Degree Program in Museum Anthropology

Charlotte Green '11 Yale University's Masters Degree Program in Archaeology

Sarah Messbauer '11 University of California-Davis PhD program in Anthropology

DAdam Schieffer '06 University of South Florida's MA in Applied Anthropology program

Anna Norman '06 "Teach for America" program in NJ

Elizabeth Golini '06 "Teach for America" program in the Rio Grand Valley

Theodore Gordon '06 Accepted in both Penn State's PhD program for Sociology and the University of CA (Riverside's) PhD program for Anthropology

Tara Trunak '05 University of South Florida's PhD program in Public Health

Emily Oster '05 Accepted to both Columbia and Johns Hopkins MPH Programs


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