Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Sociology & Anthropology

Research & Teaching Interests

Reggie Byron: Race, Gender, and Age Stratification; Employment Inequality; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Melissa A. Johnson: environment, development, social construction of nature, race, environmental history, anthropological theory, Caribbean (and Latin America)

Edward L. Kain: family, demography, scholarship of teaching and learning, gender and social change, research methods

Maria R. Lowe: social movements, activism, race, gender, qualitative methods, senior research seminar

Sandi Kawecka Nenga: childhood and youth, social class, deviance, disability, qualitative methods

Brenda Sendejo: anthropology of religion, Mexican American and Latino/a religious and spiritual experiences in the U.S- Mexico borderlands

A Sampling of Recent Faculty Research

Browning, Christopher R., Reginald A. Byron, Catherine A. Calder, Lauren J. Krivo, Mei-Po Kwan, Jae Yong Lee, and Ruth D. Peterson. 2010. "Revisiting the Criminal Consequences of Commercial and Residential Density: Land Use Patterns and Violence in Neighborhood Context.", Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47(3): 329-357.

Byron, Reginald, and Vincent Roscigno. 2007. "Discrimination in Public and Private Economic Sectors" Pp. 89-101. The Face of Discrimination: How Race and Sex Impact Work and Home Lives. Rowman & Littlefield.

Johnson, Melissa A and Emily Niemeyer. 2008. "Ambivalent Landscapes: Environmental Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands." Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal 36: 371-382.

Kain, L. Edward. 2010. “Some Sociological Aspects of HIV Disease,” was published in Leonard Cargan and Jaenne H. Ballantine (eds.) Sociological Footprints:  Introductory Readings in Sociology.  11th ed. 2010. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kain, Edward L. 2008. "Global Stratification" and "An Introduction to an Important Source for Basic Quantitative Sociological Data." In Sociology Through Active Learning. Edited by Kathleen McKinney and Barbara Heyl. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Lowe, Maria R. 2009. "“Sowing the Seeds of Discontent:’ Tougaloo College’s Social Science Forums as a Prefigurative Movement Free Space, 1952-1964.” Journal of Black Studies. 39: 865-887.

Lowe, Maria R. 2008. “An Unseen Hand: The Role of Sociology Professor Ernst Borinski in Mississippi’s Struggle for Racial Integration in the 1950s and 1960s.” Leadership 4:27-47.

Nenga, Sandi Kawecka and Tristine P. Baccam.  2010.  "Stealing Peanuts and Coercing Energy Drinks:  The Underground Economy of a Middle School Summer Camp."  Qualitative Sociology Review 6:105-125. 

Nenga, Sandi Kawecka.  2010.  "The Value of Volunteering: Comparing Youths' Experiences to Popular Claims."  Pp. 295-318 in Sociological Studies of Children and Youth: Children and Youth Speak for Themselves, vol. 13, edited by H.B. Johnson.  Bingley, UK: Emerald.