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Erin Madden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-8251
Office: MS 4.02.34

Research area: health services, health inequities, medical sociology, race/ethnicity, health policy, international migration, addiction and mental health, U.S./Mexico border, qualitative methods

About
  • Biography

    Dr. Erin Fanning Madden earned a BA with honors in economics from Oberlin College and her MS and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She primarily researches healthcare access and quality issues among low-income patients. Her research has examined issues such as barriers and strategies for healthcare access among mixed immigration status families, how healthcare providers at community health centers navigate the healthcare system when working with uninsured patients, and healthcare issues among patients with addiction, mental health, and chronic condition comorbidities.

    Degrees

    BA in economics, Oberlin College 

    MS in sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    PhD in sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Favor Campbell, M.A.

Lecturer I
Department of Sociology

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Phone: 210 458-5881
Office: MS 3.02.42

Research area: Race/Ethnicity; Gender; Health/Sport; Family Marriage

About
  • Degrees

    BA - Communications UTSA

    MS - Sociology UTSA

Heather Edelblute, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: 210 458-5616
Office: MS 4.02.36

Research area: Health and Health Disparities, International Migration, Medical Sociology, Gender, Social Demography, Latin American Studies

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Teaching
Publications
  • Biography

    Heather Edelblute researches the intersection between migration and health, with a focus on the role of women’s social networks on mental and reproductive health.  She examines these dynamics through a binational context that connects a migrant sending region in Mexico to immigrants from this community in the United States.   Her other work has examined risk perceptions related to serial participation in clinical research for healthy volunteers in the United States.  Dr. Edelblute received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Degrees

    Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    M.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    M.P.H. with a focus in Health Policy, University of Georgia

  • Recent Courses

    SOC 3213 Medical Sociology

  • Recent Publications

    Mouw, Ted, Sergio Chávez, Heather Edelblute, and Ashton Verdery.  (2014). Binational Social Networks and Assimilation: A Test of the Importance of Transnationalism.  Social Problems, 61(3): 329-59.

    Edelblute, Heather, Sandra Clark, Lilli Mann, Kathryn McKenney, Jason Bischof and Christine Kistler. (2014).  Promotoras across the Border: A Pilot Study Addressing Depression in Mexican Women Impacted by Migration. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(3): 492-500.

    Edelblute, Heather, and Jill Fisher.  (2015). “Using ‘Clinical Trial Diaries’ to Track Patterns of Participation for Serial Healthy Volunteers in U.S. Phase I Studies.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 10(1): 65-75.

Courtney Barrie, M.S.

Lecturer I
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-8193
Office: MS 4.03.40

Research area: Gender, Family, Sexuality

About
Teaching
  • Degrees

    Master of Science in Sociology, The University of Texas at San Antonio 2014; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, The University of Central Oklahoma, 2010.

  • Recent Courses

    SOC 1013 - Introduction to Sociology

    SOC 2013 - Social Problems

    SOC 2023 - Social Context of Drug Use

    SOC 3283 - Poverty

Tamara Casso, M.S.

Lecturer 1
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-8193
Office: MS 4.03.40

Research area: Qualitative Research Methods, PhotoEthnography, Visual Studies, Mexican American Communities, Border Studies, Latinas/Chicanas in the U.S., Identity Construction, Food and Culture

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  • Biography

    Tamara Casso earned a Master of Science Degree in Sociology in 2004 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She graduated summa cum laude. She has worked as a researcher and an evaluator on projects funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities, the Texas Education Agency and the City of San Antonio Metro Health, among others. She is a documentary photographer and the mother of four Texas sons.

  • Recent Courses

    Graduate

    • Teaching Assistant:  SOC 5033 Qualitative Research Methods

    Undergraduate

    • SOC 2013 Social Problems
    • SOC 2023 Social Context of Drug Use
    • SOC 3043 Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC 3263 Latinas in U.S. Society
    • SOC 3373 Qualitative Research Methods
    • SOC 3413 Sociology of the Mexican American Community
    • SOC 3433 Mexican Immigration and US Society
  • Recent Publications

    Invited Talk

    • Casso, T. D., "“A Taste For Mexico: Food in Transnational Culture”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Memorias de Mexico: Food and Food Memories in the Transmission of Mexicanidad”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Mentoring for Implementing Changes and Promoting Early Literacy Instruction”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Participant Family Data Collection: My Voice Matters/Mi Voz Cuenta”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“The Anatomy of Collaboration: The Value of Membership in the Community Leadership  Development Collaborative (CLDC)”," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“National, Transnational and Border Identities: Identity Construction at the U.S.-Mexico Border"," American Studies Conference, American Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Making Connections-San Antonio: Children Do Better When Their Families Do Better, and  Families Do Better When They Live in Supportive Communities”," Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Meeting, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Social Network Mapping as a Method to Positively Influence Transformation of Low Income Communities: the Case of San Antonio’s West Side”," International Network of Social Network Analysis Conference, International Network of Social Network Analysis.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Asia SF”," International Visual Sociology Association’s Festival of Images, International Visual Sociology Association.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Chicana Poetry: A Voice for Social Reform in the New Millennium”," National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“The Semiotics of the TX/MX Border Crossing Experience”," National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Chicana Gang Girls”," National Women's Studies Conference, National Women's Studies.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Child Development Assessment: Using Visual Documentation to Provide Context”," Southwestern Social Science Conference, Southwestern Social Science.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Chicana Gang Girls”," Texas A&M International University Primavera Conference, Texas A&M International University.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Outdoor Recreation and Leisure in Laredo, Texas: A Visual Perspective”," Texas A&M International University Primavera Conference, Texas A&M International University.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Women and Children’s Parks and Recreation Needs in Laredo, Texas”," Texas A&M International University Primavera Conference, Texas A&M International University.

    Poster

    • Casso, T. D., "“Enhancing the Quality of Teaching in Head Start: Collaborations to Help Teachers Earn Degrees”," Head Start National Research Conference, Head Start.
    • Casso, T. D., "“Mentoring for Implementing Change in Early Literacy Instruction”," Head Start National Research Conference, Head Start.

    Art Works in Publication

    • Casso, T. D. Border Kids Count: A Snapshot of Southwest Border Children: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    • Casso, T. D. Border Kids Count: A Snapshot of Texas Border Children: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    • Casso, T. D. Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds: American Sociological Association.
    • Casso, T. D. In Pursuit of the American Dream: The Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections San Antonio.
    • Casso, T. D. Making a Difference One Family at a Time: The Annie E. Casey Foundation Making Connections San Antonio.
    • Casso, T. D. Navarro Academy Early Childhood Development Center: UTSA CAPRI and the San Antonio Independent School District.
    • Casso, T. D. Real Connections: People Connecting With Each Other and to Opportunities in Making Connections Neighborhoods: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
    • Casso, T. D. Transformations of La Familia at the US-Mexico Border: University of Notre Dame Press.
    • Casso, T. D. UTSA Bilingual Baby Study: UTSA Mexico Center and University of Washington Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences.
    • Casso, T. D. Westside Education and Training Center: Finding Creative Ways to Combine Residents' Need for Good Jobs with Employers Need for Trained Workers: The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    Art - Exhibition, Group

    • Casso, T. D. San Antonio as a Transnational City: Transnational Women at the U.S.- Mexico Border. San Antonio, Texas USA: Instituto de Mexico.
    • Casso, T. D. Transnational Women at the U.S.- Mexico Border: The UTSA Mexico Center.
  • Professional Memberships

    • American Evaluation Association
    • American Sociological Association
    • International Network for Social Network Analysis
    • International Visual Sociology Association
    • National Women’s Studies Association
    • Texas Evaluation Association

Aida Isela Ramos, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: 210 458-8251
Office: MS 4.02.34

Research area: Race/Ethnicity, Religion and Education

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Teaching
Publications
  • Biography

    Dr. Aida I. Ramos received a B.S. in sociology from Texas A&M University and her M.A., Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Aida was raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas - a social context that has influenced her research interests in the Latinos with a focus on religion and education. Aida is interested in how social institutions like schools and churches help to structure the health and well-being of Latino in ways that stratify, but also promote resilience. Her past research has been concerned with the role of religion in shaping Latino attitudes towards social issues like same-sex marriage, cohabitation, and abortion.  She also studies the social problems that Latino children face in the U.S. educational system such as preschool quality. Aida is a Research Fellow with the Latino Protestant Congregations (LPC) Project. She has published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the Social Science Quarterly, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Journal of Family Issues. Aida is currently writing a book with co-authors Gerardo Marti and Mark Mulder titled Latino Protestants in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing).

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Recent Courses

    • SOC 3353 - Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Recent Publications

    Ramos, Aida I., Gabriel Acevedo, and Andrea Ruiz. 2016. “Bodyweight Perceptions Among Texas Women: The Effects of Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Citizenship Status.” Review of Religious Research (forthcoming).

     

    Crosnoe, Robert, Aida Ramos-Wada, and Claude Bonazzo. 2015. “The Physical Health of Children of Immigrant Children and Youth,” in The Development of Children of Immigration, edited by Carola Suarez-Orozco,  Mona Abo-Zena, and  Amy K. Marks. New York: New York University Press

     

    Ellison, Christopher G., Nicholas Wolfinger, and Aida I. Ramos. 2013. “Attitudes Toward Marriage, Cohabitation, and Causal Sex Among Working-Age Latinos: Does Religion Matter?”  Journal of Family Issues 34(3):1-28.

     

    Bartkowski, John, Aida I. Ramos, Gabriel Acevedo, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2012. "Faith, Race-Ethnicity, and Public Policy Preferences: Religious Schemas and Abortion Attitudes among U.S. Latinos.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2): 343-358.

     

    Ellison, Christopher G., Gabriel Acevedo and Aida I. Ramos. 2011. “Religion and Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage among US Latinos.” Social Science Quarterly 92(1):35-56.

     

    Riegle-Crumb, Catherine, Chelsea Moore, and Aida I. Ramos. 2011. "Who Wants to Have a Career in Science or Math?: Exploring Adolescents' Future Aspirations by Gender, Race/Ethnicity." Science Education 95(3): 458-476.

Melinda Denton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: 210 458-8250
Office: MS 4.02.30

Research area: Family, Adolescence and Youth, Religion and Culture

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Publications
  • Biography

    Melinda Lundquist Denton researches the intersection of religion and family life in the United States, with a current focus on the religious lives of adolescents. Dr. Denton’s recent work is with the National Study of Youth and Religion, a longitudinal mixed-method study of youth and young adults in the United States based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Notre Dame University. Dr. Denton completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2006.
    • M.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1999.
    • B.A. in Sociology and Communication, Seattle Pacific University, 1996.
  • Recent Courses

    SOC 3163  Families in Society

    SOC 3393.1 Quantitative Research Methods

    • SOC 6143 Sociology of Religion (Spring 2014)

  • Recent Publications

    Hardie, Jessica, Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. “The Dynamics and Correlates of Religious Service Attendance in Adolescence” Forthcoming at Youth & Society.

    Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2012. “Family Structure, Family Disruption and Profiles of Adolescent Religiosity.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(1):42-64.
    Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2011.  A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America’s Adolescents.  New York: Oxford University Press.

    Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2009. “Religiosity in the Lives of Youth” in Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas, Andy Furlong, editor. New York: Routledge Press.
    Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2005. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Staci Osterkamp, M.A.

Lecturer I
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-8193
Office: MS 4.03.40

Research area: Gender, Medicalization, and the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective

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Teaching
Research
  • Biography

    Staci Osterkamp received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from Texas State University.  Ms. Osterkamp's research interests include gender, medicalization, and the symbolic interactionist perspective, as well as the emerging millennial generation.  Ms. Osterkamp regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Individual and Society.  In 2014, Ms. Osterkamp developed the department's first exclusively online course (SOC 1013: Introduction to Sociology).   In addition to teaching, Ms. Osterkamp enjoys time with her family, volunteering at church, and serving in the community.

    Degrees

    • Master of Arts, Texas State University (2007)
    • Bachelor of Science, Southwest Texas State University (2003)
  • Recent Courses

    • SOC 1013: Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 2013: Social Problems
    • SOC 3253: Individual and Society
  • Research in Progress

    Gender, Medicalization, and the Symbolic Ineractionist Perspective.

Shaun F. Hedgepeth, Ph.D.

Lecturer II
Department of Sociology

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  • Biography

    Hello, I'm Dr. Shaun F. Hedgepeth. I have been teaching at the secondary education level for over 14 years, and teaching Sociology, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies courses at the college level for over 17 years (at UTSA, San Antonio College, and Palo Alto College combined). I have extensive experience teaching all subject areas at Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs (in Austin, San Antonio, and Karnes City). I also was a Distance Learning TV Instructor for the Education Service Center-Region 20-Star Net teaching Advanced Placement Sociology and Advanced Placement Psychology. This involved teaching High School level classes that were broadcast on live television throughout the continental United States. I was also a law enforcement officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Pardons and Paroles Division for many years. So, I gravitate to individuals that are experiencing problems or need some kind of assistance.

    I had the honor to teach with Diane Tilly at the Robbins Academy for many years, and I became the Lead Teacher and Department Chairperson of the Robbins Academy in the 2004-2005 school year after her demise. Currently, I run the Alamo Heights Independent School District's Robbins Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), where I am the director and teacher of record. My job is to help students that have been sent to me for disciplinary problems to complete their work and their assigned time at the highly structured DAEP environment. In this process, the student will have time to think about making better choices that will allow them to go back to their regular school environment.

    Degrees

    Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology-Confirmed on 7/31/2006
    Capella University/Harold Abel School of Psychology
    Dissertation: Shame and Aggression is there a Correlation?

    Master of Education in Special Education-confirmed on 5/2004.
    Our Lady of the Lake University/School of Education and Clinical Studies

    Master of Arts Degree in Human Sciences (Sociology/Psychology/Research), 1993
    Our Lady of the Lake University/School of Education and Clinical Studies (This degree includes 21 hours of Psychology and 18 hours of Sociology.)

    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, 1992                                    
    Our Lady of the Lake University/School of Education and Clinical Studies
    Thesis: Correlation between Academic Success and Family Autonomy

  • Recent Courses

    • SOC 1013: Intro. to Sociology
    • SOC 2013: Social Problems
    • SOC 3283: Poverty
    • SOC 3503: Sociology of Education
    • SOC 3053: Deviance and Difference
    • SOC 5343: Education and the Reproduction of Inequality
    • SOC 5353: Crime and Delinquency
  • Recent Publications

    • Hedgepeth, Shaun F., Ph.D., Capella University, 2006, 79 pages; AAT 3216032
  • Certifications

    • Texas State Board for Educator Certification- Certified in Special Education (6th-12th Grade),
    • Texas State Board for Educator Certification-Certified in Social Studies (8th-12th Grade).
    • Board Certified to teach Sociology and Psychology Classes at Alamo Community College District.
    • Board Certified to teach Sociology and Psychology Classes at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
    • Board Certified to teach Sociology and Psychology Classes at the University of Phoenix at San Antonio.

Richard Lewis, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor, Presidential Fellow
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6759
Office: (210) 458-6759

Research area: Diversity Awareness and Management, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Research, Sociology of Religion

About
  • Biography

    Dr. Richard Lewis, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  His academic specialties include the areas of diversity management, strategic planning, public administration, and social science research.  Dr. Lewis served as Associate Dean for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts from 1997 to 2002.  He was a Special Assistant to the President of the University from 2002 to 2007.  Dr. Lewis has taught at Texas A&M University, St. Philip's College, and Our Lady of the Lake University.  He has numerous publications to his credit that deal with the issue of social inequality and is the co-author along with Dr. George Yancey of Interracial Families: Current Concepts and Controversies, published by Routledge Press in 2009.  He is presently at work on a second book, due out in 2014, which addresses the changing demographics in America.

    Dr. Lewis is involved in a variety of civic activities.  His is a board member on the Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas   He is a former board member on the United Way Board of Directors and the Live Oak Economic Development Corporation.   In addition, he has served on the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees and the Bexar County Housing Authority.

    Dr. Lewis received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University. He received his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Sociology from Texas A&M University.

    Degrees

    • M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    • B.S., Texas Tech University

Michael Miller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-5619
Office: MS 4.02.26

Research area: Social inequality, work and occupations, the U.S./Mexico border, and digital sociology

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Joanne FordRobertson, M.S.

Lecturer II, Undergraduate Advisor of Record
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-7279
Office: MS 4.03.28

Research area: Intergroup Relations, Organizational Analysis, Strategic Planning

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Teaching
  • Degrees

    • BA in Sociology 2002
    • MS in Sociology 2005
  • Recent Courses

    • Soc 1013 Introduction to Sociology
    • Soc 3083 Social Change (team teaching with Dr. Lewis)

Jeffrey Halley, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-2016
Office: BVB 4.370

Research area: Theory, art, culture, and media

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Additional Information
  • Biography

    Jeffrey A. Halley is Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he directs the Laboratory for the Sociology of the Arts, Culture, and Communications (SACC) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
    His research focuses on theory, art, culture, and media.  Recent articles concern the problem of the rationalization of culture in the Dada art movement, Mexican American Conjunto music, and the wine industry.
    In 2010 and 2011 he was Guest Editor of two volumes of  Sociologie De l’Art (Sociology of Art), Théorie/Epistémologie/Littérature [Theory/Epistemology/Literature, and  “Rationalisation et Résistance/Postmodernisme” [Rationalization and  Resistance/Postmodernism. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and guest professor at the universities of Ljubljana, Metz, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.  He was elected President, Research Committee [equivalent to ASA Section] on the Sociology of the Arts, the International Sociological Association, and currently serves as Vice President, Research Committee on Knowledge, Communications, and Culture, International Sociological Association.

  • Recent Courses

    • Sociological Theory SOC 5003
    • Cultural Studies SOC 5263
    • Topics: Mass Media SOC 6903
    • Classical Sociological Theory SOC 3343
    • Contemporary Sociological Theory SOC 3353
    • Mass Media in Society SOC 3423
    • Culture & Society SOC 4433
  • Research in Progress

    • Halley, Jeffrey A., and Sonolet, Daglind, eds., Bourdieu in Question: Recent Developments in the French Sociology of Culture, under contract with Brill Press.
  • Recent Publications

    • Brown, Michael E. and Jeffrey A. Halley, “Culture, Theory, and Critique: Marx, Durkheim, and Human Science,” Current Perspectives in Social Theory; Emerald (UK), 30:151-178. 2012. ISBN: 978-1-78190-034-5.
    • Halley, Jeffrey A.,  “Conjunto and Place: Mexican American Music and Dance in San Antonio and South Texas”],  in Twenty-Five Years of the Sociology of Music in France : Practice,  works, interdisciplinarity, Ed. Brandl, Emmanuel, Cécile Prévost-Thomas, and Hyacinthe  Ravet, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2012, pp.209-226.  ISBN: 978-2296996854.

    • Halley,Jeffrey A.,  “Mondo Vino: Rationalization and Resistance in the Sphere of Wine”,  in Les arts moyens aujourd'hui (Volume 1), [A Middle-Brow Art Today]. Ed., Florent Gaudez,  l”Harmatttan, Paris, 2008.
    • Halley,Jeffrey A., "Cultural Resistance to Rationalization: A Study of an Art Avant-Garde,  "H.Etzkowitz and R. Glassman, eds., The Renascence of Sociological Theory: Traditional Perspectives and New Directions (Itasca, Ill.: Peacock Publishers, 227-244, 1991).

    Publications with students:

    Halley, J. A., & Ordner, J. P. (2010). « Charisme et icône : le cas d’Obama » [Charisma and Icon: the Case of Obama]. In Florent Gaudez (Eds.), "Figures de l'Altérité. Comment peut-on être Socio-anthropologue aujourd’hui", [Figures of Otherness: How can one be a Socio-Anthropologist Today?]. Paris: l’Harmattan.

    Halley, J. A. & Ordner, J. P. (2009). "Obama as Charismatic Icon". In Bianca Maria Pirani and Ivan Varga (Eds.), Acting Bodies in Social Networking : A Bridge between Technology and Working Memory (vol. 1). Lanham, MD: University Press of America - Rowman & Littlefield.

     

  • Director, Laboratory for the Sociology of the Arts, Culture, and Communications (SACC) Research Group OPuS 2 International (Oeuvres, Publics, Sociétés) [Artworks, Publics, Societies] University of Texas at San Antonio and The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) (12/08-present).  UTSA has the only CNRS Laboratory in the Sociology of the Arts in the US.

Christopher Ellison, Ph.D.

Dean's Distinguished Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6241
Office: MS 4.02.44

Research area: The implications of religiousness and spirituality for mental and physical health and mortality risk

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Teaching
Research
Publications
  • Biography

    Christopher G. Ellison holds a B.A. in Religion (1982) and a Ph.D. in Sociology (1991), both from Duke University. Prior to joining the UTSA faculty in 2010, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin for 19 years. His research centers on several main issues: (1) the implications of religion and spirituality for mental and physical health and mortality risk; (2) religious variations in family life, with particular attention to intimate relationships and childrearing; (3) the role of religious institutions, practices, and values among racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States; (4) the influence of religious factors on political attitudes and policy preferences; and (5) public opinion surrounding issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the contemporary United States. Ellison has published two books and nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on these and other topics; his work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science Research, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and a wide range of other journals in sociology, psychology, public health, religious studies, family studies, gerontology, political science, and allied fields. Over the years his research has been supported by various branches of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and other private foundations. Ellison has held numerous elected and appointed positions in scholarly societies, including Chair of the Sociology of Religion section of the American Sociological Association, President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and Vice-President and President of the Southern Sociological Society, among others, and he serves on the editorial boards of a diverse array of scholarly journals. Among his various honors, in 2004 he was chosen as a Highly Cited Author (Social Sciences, General category) by the Institute for Scientific Information, and in 2015 he was inducted as a charter member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers.   

  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate

    • SOC 3093 Religion and Society
    • SOC 3043 Race and Ethnic Relations

    Graduate

    • SOC 6143 Sociology of Religion
    • SOC 6903 Social Psychology of Health and Illness
    • SOC 6903 Getting Published in Sociology
  • Research in Progress

    Dr Ellison's major areas of research include:

    • Religious influences on mental and physical health and mortality risk
    • Religious variations in family life, with particular attention to intimate relationships and childbearing
    • The role of religion in racial and ethnic minority populations
    • Religious influences on social and political attitudes
    • Attitudes and policy preferences involving race and ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Recent Publications

    • Ellison, Christopher G., Nicholas H. Wolfinger, and Aida Ramos-Wada. 2013. Attitudes Toward Marriage, Divorce, Cohabitation, and Casual Sex among Working-age Latinos: Does Religion Matter? Journal of Family Issues 34: 295-322.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Nilay Kuyel, and John P. Marcum. 2012. Attachment to God, Stressful Life Events, and Changes in Psychological Distress. Review of Religious Research 53: 493-511.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., and Amy M. Burdette. 2012. Religion and the Sense of Control among U.S. Adults. Sociology of Religion 73: 1-22.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Marc A. Musick, and George W. Holden. 2011. Does Conservative Protestantism Moderate the Association between Corporal Punishment and Child Outcomes? Journal of Marriage and Family 73: 946-961.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Heeju Shin, and David L. Leal. 2011. The Contact Hypothesis and Attitudes toward Latinos in the United States. Social Science Quarterly 92: 938-958.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Anthony Walker, Norval D. Glenn, and Elizabeth Marquardt. 2011. The Effects of Parental Marital Discord and Parental Divorce on the Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Adults. Social Science Research 40: 538-551.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., and Robert A. Hummer, eds. 2010. Religion, Families, and Health: Population-based Research in the United States. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Amy M. Burdette, and W. Bradford Wilcox. 2010. `The Couple that Prays Together': Race, Ethnicity, Couples' Religious Involvement, and Relationship Quality among Working-age Adults. Journal of Marriage and Family 72: 963-975.

Terri L. Earnest, Ph.D.

Graduate Advisor of Record, Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6239
Office: MS 4.03.28

Research area: Criminology, Violence, and Deviance

About
  • Biography

    Dr. Earnest received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2003.  Prior to her current position at UTSA, she was an Assistant Professor at Arkansas Tech University (2002-2007) and Francis Marion University (2007-2010), where she taught numerous classes and was actively involved in research.  Courses that Dr. Earnest taught both institutions include criminology, deviance, drugs in society, race/ethnicity, and delinquency.  She became a co-principal investigator on the River Valley Meth Project while at ATU and continued the role after going to FMU.  She also served as the evaluator for the Drug Court Planning Team of the 5th Judicial District of the State of Arkansas.

    While pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Earnest worked as a Research Associate at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University (1996-2001).  While there, she served as the data manager and Co-Principal Investigator for the Mississippi Crime and Justice Research Unit (MCJRU).  During the time that Terri was a member of the MCJRU, it received funding for several projects, including:  the Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force Evaluation, the Drug Control and Violent Crime Evaluation, the Delinquency and Risk/Needs Management and Equitable Treatment of Juveniles in Mississippi, the Drug Program Evaluation Project, and the Felony Criminal History Records Survey.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, Mississippi State University (2003)
    • M.S. in Sociology, Mississippi State University (1994)
    • B.B.A. in Marketing, Mississippi State University (1988)

Xiaohe Xu, Ph.D.

Professor, Department Chair
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-4570
Office: MS 4.02.22

Research area: Sociology of Marriage and Family, Comparative Family Studies, Adolescents, Advanced Statistical Methods, Statistical Research Design

About
Teaching
Publications
  • Biography

    Dr. Xu received his Master’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University and his PhD from the University of Michigan. His research examines how social change, race and ethnicity, and religion affect family lives in the United States. Over the past few years, Dr. Xu has developed a well-recognized expertise in the area of comparative family studies. His research explores the changing trends in marriage and family relationships in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and the United States. His current projects examine 1) religion and the timing of remarriage among American Women, 2) correlates and public health consequences of intimate partner violence in urban Thailand, and 3) family violence in African societies. He has served as an editorial board member for American Sociological Review, and is currently serving as an editorial board member for Journal of Marriage and Family and Sociological Inquiry. Dr. Xu’s research has appeared in such journals as American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family Violence, Journal for Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Marriage and Family, Population Research and Policy Review, Review of Religious Research, Social Indicators Research, Social Science Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Youth & Society. He is presently working on a service project to establish a secured laboratory in the Department of Sociology.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in sociology, The University of Michigan, 1994
    • M.A. in sociology, Michigan State University, 1985
    • B.A. in philosophy, Sichuan University, PRC, 1982
  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate Level:

    • Families in Society
    • Introduction to Social Research
    • Data Management for Public Health

    Graduate Level:

    • Research Design
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Advanced Quantitative Methods
    • Family Context and Social Change
    • Racial/ethnic Families
  • Recent Publications

    • Robertson, Angela, Sheena Gardner, Xiaohe Xu, Guangqing Chi, and Lee Mccluskey. 2013. “Mississippi’s DUI Offender Intervention: 40 Years of Programming and Research.” Forthcoming. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
    • Mason, Philip B., Xiaohe Xu, and John P. Bartkowski. 2012. “The Risk of Overweight and Obesity among Latter-Day Saints.” Review of Religious Research. Doi:10.1007/s13644-012-0096-8
    • Zhang, Huiping, Xiaohe Xu and Sandra K. M. Tsang. 2012. “Conceptualizing and Validating Marital Quality in Beijing: A Pilot Study.” Social Indicators Research. Doi:10.1007/s11205-012-0089-6
    • Xu, Xiaohe, John P. Bartkowski, and Kimberly Dalton. 2011. “The Role of Cohabitation in Remarriage: A Replication.” International Review of Sociology. 21: 549-564. Doi:10.1080/03906701.2011.625664
    • Ogland, Curtis P., Xiaohe Xu, John P. Bartkowski and Emmanuelle G. Ogland. 2011. “The Association of Religion and Virginity Status among Brazilian Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 48: 651-653. Doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.09.018
    • Bartkowski. John P., Xiaohe Xu, and Ginny E. Garcia. 2011. “Religion and Infant Mortality: A Preliminary Study of Denominational Variations.” Religions. 2:264-276; Doi: 10.3390/rel2030264
    • Bartkowski, John P. Xiaohe Xu, and Kristi E. Fondren. 2011. “Faith, Family, and Teen Dating: Examining the Effects of Personal and Household Religiosity on Adolescent Romantic Relationships.” Review of Religious Research. 52:248-265.
    • Xu, Xiaohe, Kent R. Kerley and Bangon Sirisunyaluck. 2011. “Understanding Gender and Domestic Violence from a Sample of Married Women in Urban Thailand.” Journal of Family Issues. 32:791-819. Doi: 10.1177/0192513X10386306
    • Ogland, Curtis P., Thankam S. Sunil, John P. Bartkowski and Xiaohe Xu. 2010. “Religious Influences on Teenage Childbearing among Brazilian Female Adolescents: A Research Note.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 49:754–760.
    • Xu, Xiaohe, Xuhui Zeng, Li Zheng, and Christy Flatt. 2010. “How Does Wives’ Unemployment Affect Marriage in Reforming Urban China?” Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 41:717-734.
    • Roberson, Angela, Xiaohe Xu, and Andrea Stripling. 2010. “Adverse Events and Substance Use among Female Adolescent Offenders: Effects of Coping and Support.” Substance Use & Misuse. 45: 451-472.
    • Kerley, Kent R., Xiaohe Xu, Bangon Sirisunyaluck, and Joseph M. Alley. 2010. “Exposure to Family Violence in Childhood and Intimate Partner Perpetration or Victimization in Adulthood: Exploring Intergenerational Transmission in Urban Thailand.” Journal of Family Violence. 25: 337-347. Doi: 10.1007/s10896-009-9295-7
    • Rich, Susan Lynne and Xiaohe Xu. 2009 “Marital Instability: A Comparative Study of China and Taiwan.” The Global Studies Journal 2: 153-168.
    • Roberson, Angela, Sheena Gardner, Xiaohe Xu, and Humphrey Costello. 2009. “The Impact of Remedial Intervention on Three-Year Recidivism among First-Time DUI Offenders in Mississippi.” Accident Analysis & Prevention 41: 1080-1086.

Thankam Sunil, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, The Institute for Health Disparities Research
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-5617
Office: MS 3.02.49

Research area: Reproductive Health, Fertility Analysis, Program Evaluation, Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS in Africa, Child Malnutrition

About
Teaching
Research
Publications
  • Biography

    Dr. Thankam Sunil received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Kerala, India. He received his first Ph.D. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (Population Studies), Mumbai, India and his second Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 2002. His research interests include maternal and child health issues in developing countries and global health disparities.

    Dr. Sunil’s publications include articles on childhood malnutrition in developing countries in Asia, Africa and in the Middle East, and health behaviors (namely, cancer screening and influenza vaccination). His publications on these topics appear in Social Science and Medicine, Vaccine, World Development, Maternal Child Health among others. He also published a book titled Women’s Reproductive Health in Yemen (2010). He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Texas (2002)
    • M.P.H. in Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (1998)
    • Ph.D. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, India (1998)
    • M.Phil. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, India(1993)
    • M.P.S. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, India (1992)
    • M.Sc. in Statistics, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India (1990)
    • B.Sc. in Statistics, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India (1988)
  • Recent Courses

    • Introduction to Public Health
    • Global Health
    • Behavioral Epidemiology
    • Social Statistics
  • Research in Progress

    • Sunil, T.S., and Marguerite Sagna (accepted for publication). Decomposition of childhood malnutrition in Cambodia. Maternal and Child Health.
    • Fleuriet, Jill and T.S. Sunil. (in review) Perceived social stress, pregnancy-related anxiety, depression and subjective social status among pregnant Mexican and Mexican American women in Texas.
    • Sunil, T.S., Thelma Hurd, Carma Deem, Lucinda Nevarez, Jeffrey Guidry, Rebecca Rios, Hector Guerra, Juanita Ortiz, and Lovell Jones (in review). Breast cancer knowledge, attitude and screening behaviors among Hispanics in South Texas Colonias.
    • Sunil, T.S., Thelma Hurd, Carma Deem, Lucinda Nevarez, Jeffrey Guidry, Rebecca Rios, Hector Guerra, Juanita Ortiz, and Lovell Jones. (in review) Fatalism and breast cancer screening among Hispanics residing in South Texas.
  • Recent Publications

    • Zottarelli, Lisa K., T.S. Sunil, Phillis Flott, and Shilpashri Karbhari (2012). College student adoption of non-pharmaceutical interventions during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: a study at two universities. Preventive Medicine, 55:497-499.
    • Miguel Flores, and T.S. Sunil. (2012). International Migration and Infant Mortality Rates in Mexico: A Spatial Econometric Analysis. Social Development Issues, 34(2):1-15.

    • Garcia, Ginny, T.S. Sunil, and Pete Hinojosa (2012). The fast food and obesity link: Consumption patterns and severity of obesity. Obesity Surgery, 22(5):810-818.
    • Sagna, Marguerite, and T.S. Sunil (2012). Effects of individual and neighborhood factors on maternal care in Cambodia. Health & Place, 18(2):415-423.

    • Sunil, T.S., Miguel Flores and Ginny Garcia. (2012). New Evidence on the Effects of International Migration on the Risk of Low Birth Weight in Mexico. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8:185-198.
    • Sunil, T.S., and Lisa Zottarelli. (2011). Student utilization of a University 2009 H1N1 vaccination clinic. Vaccine, 29(29-39):4687-4689.

Raquel R. Marquez, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-5606
Office: MH 4.01.23 F

Research area: Immigration, Race & Ethnicity, Latinos in the U.S., the U.S./Mexico Border

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Teaching
Research
Publications
  • Biography

    Raquel R. Marquez is a Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching expertise centers on issues of race relations, immigration, border and Latino Studies. Her research has addressed Latina issues related to labor, the border and immigration, and community change in San Antonio.

    In 2008, her co-edited book Transformations of La Familia on the US-Mexico Border (with Harriett Romo) was published by Notre Dame Press. She currently is the post-production stage of a film project, a feature length documentary on the United Farm Workers of Texas. She is also part of a research team examining social, political and cultural issues related to UTSA and UT Austin students being impacted by the lack of Dream Act legislation. Along with Dr. Rhonda Gonzales, she is studying the impact of women’s leadership development on the UTSA campus, and they will be presenting a paper "Between Women: Reflecting on Mentor/Mentee Initiatives and Outcomes at UT San Antonio” at the 2012 Mentoring Conference.

    Dr. Marquez was a member of the 2009-2010 Provost Leadership Development Program. In Spring 2011, she participated in the Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Oxford University, Oxford, England.

    Dr. Marquez served as department chair for the department of Sociology, a position she held for 8 years.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
    • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • Recent Courses

    • Immigration and Society
    • Mexican Americans Community, Culture and Class
    • Mexican Immigration and U.S. Society
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Research in Progress

    • Marquez, Raquel R. Voices of the Texas UFW Project. Film documentary. Data collection completed. Film is in final production stage. Film release: targeted date, Summer 2013.
    • Marquez, Raquel R. Voices of the Texas UFW Project. Online Digital Photograph Archive. Data collection primarily done, 2000 photos have been scanned. Targeted collaboration with Wayne State University Labor Archives. Targeted press for visual article/s: Visual Sociology.

    • Marquez, Raquel R. Voices of the Texas UFW Project. Book Manuscript. Objective is to write a comprehensive analysis of the United Farm Workers Movement in Texas using the photographs and oral histories collected. Targeted press is University of Texas Press.
    • Marquez, Raquel R. Voices of the Texas UFW Project. Oral History Collection. Data collection primarily done with 20 oral histories collected. Objective is to create access to Texas UFW Oral Histories. Targeted collaboration with South Texas Historical Museum and/or Wayne State University Labor Archives.

    • Marquez, Raquel and Rhonda Gonzales. Women in Leadership. Data collection with senior administrators, and participants of the Women’s Professional and Synergy Academy. Objective is to study women’s professional development and movement into leadership positions within academia.
    • Marquez, Raquel and Harriett Romo. Dream Act Students. Data collection with university students who are being impacted by proposed Dream Act legislation.  Objective is to study the impact of university students who were brought by their parents as undocumented youth, and who now are navigating through the university level educational system.
  • Recent Publications

    • 2010. Romo, Harriett, and Marquez, Raquel R. "Who’s Who Across the U.S.-Mexico Border: Identities in Transition." Editor Zartman, William I. Understanding Life in the Borderlands: Boundaries in Depth and in Motion. University of Georgia Press.
    • 2008. Marquez, Raquel R. and Harriett Romo. Co-Editors. Transformations of La Familia on the U.S.-Mexico Border. University of Notre Dame Press.

    • 2008. Marquez, Raquel R. "Transborder Interactions and Transnational Processer in a Border Community, Laredo, Texas." Co-Editors Marquez, Raquel R. and Harriett Romo. In Transformations of La Familia on the U.S.-Mexico Border. University of Notre Dame Press.
    • 2008. Marquez, Raquel R. and Harriett Romo. "Introduction." Co-Editors Marquez, Raquel R. and Harriett Romo. In Transformations of La Familia on the U.S.-Mexico Border. University of Notre Dame Press.

    • 2007. Marquez, Raquel R., Louis Mendoza and Steve Blanchard. "Neighborhood Formation on the West Side of San Antonio." Latino Studies. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, Vol. 5, Issue 3. Autumn, 2007.
    • 2004. Marquez, Raquel R. and Yolanda C. Padilla. "Immigration in the Life Histories of Women Living Along the United States-Mexico Border Region." Journal of Immigrants and Refugees. University of Connecticut. Vol. 2, No. 1/2. August 19, 2004.

John P. Bartkowski, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6007
Office: MS 4.02.38

Research area: Culture, Family, Gender, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Methodology, Religion, Social Inequality, Social Welfare, Social Policy

About
Publications
  • Biography

    John P. Bartkowski (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1997), is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where has served on the faculty since 2008. Previously he was Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University (1997-2008). Much of his research examines the intersection between religion, family, gender, youth development, and civil society. He has published widely on the contours of men’s religious identities, the gendered character of religious institutions, and the influence of parental religiosity on family functioning and child development. He is the author of The Promise Keepers: Servants, Soldiers, and Godly Men (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and Remaking the Godly Marriage: Gender Negotiation in Evangelical Families (Rutgers University Press, 2001). He has also conducted research on faith-based initiatives, including Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era (New York University Press, 2003). He is currently completing two monographs, including Faith and Lucre: How Religion and Public Funding Influence Welfare Service Provision (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). His work has appeared in Social Forces, Social Science Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, Criminology, The Sociological Quarterly, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and leading journals in the social scientific study of religion. He is Associate Editor of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and has been Deputy Editor of Sociology of Religion. He has served as President of the Religious Research Association and has held leadership positions in various scholarly organizations. He has served as an evaluator on federal and foundation grants (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Compassion Capital Fund, and Lilly Endowment) designed to enhance the performance of community-based organizations and the delivery of services to disadvantaged populations.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
    • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
    • B.A., St. Mary's of San Antonio
  • Recent Publications

    • Mason, Philip B., Xiaohe Xu, and John P. Bartkowski. In press. Firm in the Faith? The Risk of Overweight and Obesity among Latter-day Saints. Review of Religious Research.
    • Hempel, Lynn M., Todd L. Matthews, and John P. Bartkowski. 2012. Trust in a “Fallen World”: The Case of Protestant Theological Conservatism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(3): 522-541.
    • Bartkowski, John P., Aida I. Ramos-Wada, Gabriel A. Acevedo, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2012. Faith, Race, and Public Policy Preferences: Religious Schemas and Abortion Attitudes among U.S. Latinos. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2): 343-358.
    • Bartkowski, John P., and Ashraf Alam. 2012. Media Portrayals of the Moral Majority. Pp. 333-346 in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the News, edited by Diane Winston. New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Xu, Xiaohe, John P. Bartkowski, and Kimberly A. Dalton. 2011. The Role of Cohabitation in Remarriage: A Replication. International Review of Sociology 21(3): 549-564.
    • Ogland, Curtis P., Xiaohe Xu, John P. Bartkowski, and Emmanuelle G. Ogland. 2011. The Association of Religion and Virginity Status among Brazilian Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health 48(6): 651-653
    • Bartkowski, John P., Xiaohe Xu, and Ginny E. Garcia. 2011. Religion and Infant Mortality in the U.S.: A Preliminary Study of Denominational Variations. Religions 2: 264-276.
    • Bartkowski, John P., Xiaohe Xu, and Kristi M. Fondren. 2011. Faith, Family, and Teen Dating: Examining the Effects of Personal and Household Religiosity on Adolescent Romantic Relationships. Review of Religious Research 52(3): 248-265.
    • Kerley, Kent R., John P. Bartkowski, Todd L. Matthews, and Tracy L. Edmond. 2010. From the Sanctuary to the Slammer: Exploring the Narratives of Evangelical Prison Ministry Workers. Sociological Spectrum 30(5): 504-525.
    • Ogland, Curtis P., Thankam S. Sunil, John P. Bartkowski, and Xiaohe Xu. 2010. Religious Influences on Teenage Childbearing among Brazilian Female Adolescents: A Research Note. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(4): 754-760.
    • Unnever, James D., John P. Bartkowski, and Francis T. Cullen. 2010. A Loving God and a Consistent Life Ethic: Who Opposes Abortion and Capital Punishment? Sociology of Religion 71(3): 307-322.
    • Bartkowski, John P., and Xiaohe Xu. 2010. Religion and Family Values Reconsidered: Gender Traditionalism among Conservative Protestant Men and Women. Pp. 106-125 in Religion, Families, and Health: Population-Based Research in the United States, edited by Christopher G. Ellison and Robert A. Hummer. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Harriett Romo, Ph.D.

Professor; Director, Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute; Director, UTSA Mexico Center
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-2849
Office: MNT 2.260

Research area: Educational Experiences of Latino Children, Sociology of Childhood, Sociology of Education, Migration, Transnationalism, Qualitative Research Methods, Race and Ethnic Relations

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    Dr. Harriett Romo has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She received her BS from the University of Texas Austin and taught in Nicaragua and inner city Los Angeles for six years. She has Master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and from the University of California, San Diego. She directed the InterUniversity Program for Latino Research at the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Austin from 1985-1990 and served as Assistant Professor at Texas State in Sociology and an Associate Professor at UT Austin in Education before coming to UTSA in 1999. She has been the Director of the UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) since its inception in 2005 and has been the Director of the UTSA Mexico Center since its inception in 2006. She received a million dollar endowment from the Bank of America to fund the CAPRI and grants from the federal government and foundations to fund the Mexico Center. Her book, Latino High School Graduation (with Toni Falbo) was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Prize and featured at the American Sociological Association meeting in the Author Meets Critic session. Her research has involved collaborations with the University of Washington, Seattle to study language acquisition of infants in bilingual homes and with Mexican universities to study transnational families in San Antonio funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has published articles on language acquisition, foster youth, immigrant children, and Mexican immigrant families. Her textbook Race and Ethnic Relations in America (with S. Dale McLemore) is used widely in college sociology classes. She published a review essay on Mexican transnational immigration in the Journal Latin American Politics and Society, spring 2009, has an edited book (with Raquel Marquez) Transformations of La Familia on the U.S,-Mexico Border with Notre Dame Press, 2008, and published an edited collection of research on Mexico published by the University of Veracruz in 2012. She directed grants from the U.S. Health and Human Services for nine years that helped Head Start teachers earn Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. She received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development focused on early childhood education and how housing impacts college access for foster youth. These grants also engaged UTSA students in research projects of value to the community. She has evaluated Early Reading First, Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start projects. She teaches classes on the Sociology of Childhood, Language and Society, Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S., Border Studies, and Qualitative Research Methods.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
    • M.A. University of California at Los Angeles
    • B.S., University of Texas at Austin
  • Recent Courses

    • Border Studies
    • Children and Society
    • Sociology of Childhood
    • Qualitative Research
    • Language and Society
  • Research in Progress

    • The Civic Engagement of Dream Act Students
    • How Housing Impacts College Access for Foster Youth
    • Four-Year Graduation Rates at an Hispanic Serving Institution
    • Language Acquisition of Bilingual Infants
  • Recent Publications

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Gabriel A. Acevedo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Faculty Coordinator, Multidisciplinary Studies Program
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6469
Office: MS 4.02.46

Research area: Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Islam, Latino/a Religion and Spirituality, Sociology of Fatalism/Self-Efficacy, Religion and Mental Health, Social Theory, Social Movements

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Research
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  • Biography

    Gabriel A. Acevedo received two Master’s Degrees and his Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University in 2005. He is Currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    Dr. Acevedo’s primary lines of research are in the Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Islam, Latino/a Religion and Spirituality, Sociology of Fatalism/Self-efficacy, Religion and Mental Health, Social Theory, and Social Movements. Publications have appeared in leading sociology and specialty area journals including Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Spectrum, Narrative Inquiry and The Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Recent work is forthcoming at Journal of Family Issues and Anthropological Forum.

    Dr. Acevedo was previously Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology and has recently been named Faculty Coordinator for the new Multidisciplinary Studies Major at UTSA.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, Yale University (2005)
    • Master of Philosophy, Yale University (2002)
    • Master of Arts, Yale University (2000)
    • Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Sociology/Theology, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) (1999)
  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate Level:

    • Classic Sociological Theory
    • Contemporary Sociological Theory
    • Religion and Society
    • Social Movements
    • Public Sociology

    Graduate Level:

    • Sociology of Islam: Strategic and Military Perspectives
    • Research Practicum: Conducting Research Using Large Scale Survey Data
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Social Movements
    • Sociological Theory
  • Research in Progress

    • Acevedo, Gabriel A. “The Sociology of Fatalism: Theoretical and Empirical Applications.” Formal book proposal in progress for submission to De Gruyter Press.
    • Acevedo, Gabriel A. with Sarah Shaw. “Muslim Denominations and Gender Roles: Attitudes Towards Women’s Issues Among Sunnis and Shiites in 4 Predominantly Muslim Countries.” Under review at Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
    • Acevedo, Gabriel A., Ali R. Chaudhary, “Gender, Religiosity and Attitudes Towards Religious Violence Among American Muslims.” In progress for submission to Social Problems.
    • Acevedo, Gabriel A. and John Bartkowski. “Islam as a Gendered Institution: Religious Antecedents of Gender Traditionalism in Nine Predominantly Muslim Nations.” In progress, accepted for 2012 presentation, (see below) submission target: Gender and Society

    Research Interests

    • Sociology of Islam
    • Latino/a Religion and Spirituality
    • Sociology of Fatalism and Self-efficacy
    • Religion and Mental Health
    • Social Theory

    Research Methodology

    • Quantitative Methods
    • Survey Research and Questionnaire Design
    • Applied Data Analysis
  • Recent Publications

    • Acevedo, Gabriel A., Christopher G. Ellison, and Murat Yilmaz. (2013) “Religion and Childrearing Values in Turkey” Forthcoming at Journal of Family Issues.
    • Acevedo, Gabriel and Miriam Thompson. (2013) “Blood, War, and Ritual: Explaining Sacrificial Rites in 25 Premodern Cultures.” Forthcoming at Anthropological Forum.
    • John Bartkowski, Aida Ramos-Wada, Christopher G. Ellison and Gabriel A. Acevedo. (2012) “Faith, Race-Ethnicity, and Public Policy Preferences: Religious Schemas and Abortion Attitudes Among U.S. Latinos.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2):343-358.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Gabriel A. Acevedo and Aida I. Ramos-Wada. (2011) “Religion and Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Among US Latinos.” Social Science Quarterly. 92(1):35-56