Dr. Gregory AdamDr. Gregory Adams, Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5641
Office: EN C 023F
Email: adamsg1@southernct.edu
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. Jon Bloch, Department ChairDr. Jon Bloch
Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5685
Office: Engleman C023B
Email: blochj1@southernct.edu
B.S. Portland State University, M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. Jon P. Bloch is interested in sociological theory, sociology of religion, and sociology of gender, among other areas. Besides publishing research and teaching courses on these topics, he also teaches courses in criminal justice, research methods, social organization, and micro sociology, among others. Before becoming a professor, his jobs included dishwasher, trash collector, and construction worker.


Dr. Alan Brown  Dr. Alan D. Brown
  Assistant Professor of Sociology
  Phone: (203) 392-7714
  Office: Engleman C 030D
  Email: browna84@southernct.edu
  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. Shirley A. Jackson, Graduate CoordinatorDr. Shirley A. Jackson, Graduate Coordinator
Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5676
Office: Engleman C 026D
Email: jacksons1@southernct.edu
B.A., Wayne State University, M.A., Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara

Shirley A. Jackson's areas of specialization are race/ethnicity, gender, and social movements. Dr. Jackson has done research on race/skin color and class in Cuba since the Cuban Revolution. She has traveled to Cuba several times. She also does work on African American women's organizations, and on race/skin color and class in Cuba, the United States, and Brazil. Dr. Jackson is an active member of several professional sociology associations.

Dr Jackson is currently working on two research projects. The first is a socio-historical exploration of themes of race/ethnicity, gender, and violence in editorial cartoons during WWII and Civil Rights Movement. The second is an exploration into Cuba’s literacy campaign in 1961 (Campaña Nacional de Alfabetización en Cuba) and Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. She is the editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender (2014) and has published a number of chapters and book reviews. She is a reviewer for several professional journals.

Dr. Jackson served as Department Chair from 2001-2007. She created the Ethnic Studies minor at Southern Connecticut State University which she co-coordinates with Dr. Annette-Madlock Madison of the Communication Department. She is a Board member of Girl Scouts of Connecticut and New Reach, has served as President of the New England Sociological Association, Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and on committees in the Eastern Sociological Association, Association of Black Sociologists, and other organizations. She is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Dr. Jackson teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. These include Racial and Ethnic Relations, Social Problems in the U.S., Women of Color in the U.S., Women of the Third World, Race, Class and Gender, Community Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, Service Learning and Civic-Engagement, The African American Experience, and Sociology of Gender.

Dr. Jessica Kenty-DraneDr. Jessica Kenty-Drane
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5689
Office: Engleman C 030B
Email: kentydranej1@southernct.edu
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. MeyerhofferDr. Cassi A. Meyerhoffer
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-6289
Office: Engleman C 030C
Email: meyerhoffec2@southernct.edu
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.