Dr. Gregory Adams, Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5641
Office: EN C 023F
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Gregory Adams is a social psychologist in the sociological tradition. He earned his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research has applications in a broad range of areas including criminology, public health, and social work. Dr. Adams' experience with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a US Fulbright Fellowship, and international research, have allowed him to form scholarly relationships in the US and abroad. He encourages students to cross cultural boundaries wherever possible, to find ways to make a practical difference in their communities.
Dr. Alan D. Brown
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-7714
Office: Engleman C 030D
B.A., San Francisco State University, M.A., University of New Orleans PH.D. University of California, Riverside
Alan D. Brown earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside where his areas of specialization included gender/sexualities studies and criminology. Other training include degrees in sociology from the University of New Orleans (M.A.) and San Francisco State University (B.A.), as well as two graduate certificates from the University of Amsterdam. Before coming to Southern, Dr. Brown taught at universities in Canada and the United States and has worked as an Ethnographer and Project Epidemiologist for the Los Angeles County Department of Health as well as an Interpretive Park Ranger for the National Park Service.
Dr. Brown has published in several peer reviewed journals and has presented his work at numerous national and international conferences. His current research includes a photo-voice project with sex workers in Canada that explores the social and political impact of new legal regimes on the daily lives of those working in the sex industry. He is also interested in restorative justice practices and the promise that these approaches have in facilitating the reentry and reintegration of sex offenders into the community. At the heart of his creative activity is a strong commitment to participatory research, community empowerment and social justice.
Dr. Brown teaches courses in the new Criminology concentration within the Department of Sociology. He is currently teaching courses in Criminology, Penology and Juvenile Delinquency. Dr. Brown is eager to supervise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students on topics related to criminology, socio-legal studies and projects that adopt critical and intersectional approaches to understanding and solving pressing social problems.
Dr. Jessica Kenty-Drane
Associate Professor of Sociology, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (203) 392-5689
Office: Engleman C 030B
B.S., University of New Hampshire, M.S., Ph.D. Northeastern University
Jessica L. Kenty-Drane holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University located in Boston , Massachusetts. Professor Kenty-Drane joined the Department of Sociology at SCSU in the fall of 2004. She regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis, and the Sociology of Education. Dr. Kenty-Drane recently won a CSU Research Grant, which she will use to complete her project entitled "Does Homeownership Play a Beneficial Role in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap?" This project stems from her doctoral dissertation entitled "First-Grade Inequality: Disparities in Educational Conditions of the U.S. Public School First-Grade 1999-2000 Cohort." Dr. Kenty-Drane focuses her research in the areas of social stratification emphasizing race and social class inequality, the sociology of education, the sociology of children and childhood, and disparities in wealth. Trained in quantitative methods, she is skilled in the use of large datasets including both the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).
Dr. Cassi A. Meyerhoffer
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-6289
Office: Engleman C 030C
B.A., Weber State University, M.A., PH.D. University at Buffalo, SUNY
Cassi A. Meyerhoffer is a qualitative sociologist with research interests in racial residential segregation, urban sociology, race and ethnicity, and gender inequality. Her current research involves studying issues related to race, social class, culture, and immigration status for how people express neighborhood preferences. She is particularly interested in understanding and disentangling the relationship between race and class and how that relationship informs the stereotypes or perceptions that people have of minority neighborhoods. Dr. Meyerhoffer teaches classical theory, sociological research methods, urban sociology, racial and ethnic relations, social change, social problems, introduction to sociology, social psychology, and special seminar courses on racial residential segregation.