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Sociology Faculty

The Department consists of nine full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, a handful of part time faculty, and one administrative staff member 

Full-Time (Tenure and Tenure-Track) Faculty

Amber Crowell

Office LocationSocial Science 218
Office Phone: 559-278-2275
Office Hours
Email: acrowell@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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Personal Biography & Areas of Specialty 

Dr. Crowell studies residential segregation, racial and ethnic inequality, social demography, and quantitative methodology. She earned her PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University.

Recent Publications

Fossett, Mark and Amber R. Crowell. Forthcoming. "Urban and Spatial Demography," in Handbook of Population (2nd edition), edited by Dudley L. Poston. New York: Springer.

Crowell, Amber R. and Mark Fossett. 2018. "White and Latino Locational Attainments: Assessing the Role of Race and Resources in U.S. Metropolitan Residential Segregation." Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(4):491-507.

Recent News Coverage

"Fresno’s Mason-Dixon Line" More than 50 years after redlining was outlawed, the legacy of discrimination can still be seen in California’s poorest large city." August 20, 2018 in The Atlantic.

"Spanish Speakers Experience Discrimination At Valley Food Pantries." May 29, 2018 in Valley Public Radio.

"On #TakeAKnee: Can we talk about the why?" October 16, 2017 in The Fresno Bee.

Tim Cupery

Email: tcupery@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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Personal Biography

Dr. Timothy Cupery received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Cupery worked as a data scientist before coming to Fresno State, and teaches statistics and quantitative research methods, along with topical courses on religion and sports.

Areas of Specialty

At UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Cupery studied cross-national patterns in government policies toward religion. In addition to religion-state relations, he also studies group identity and political conflict, religion and health, and socio-genetics.

Papers in Progress:
  • "Measuring Dimensions of Government Involvement in Religion: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis Approach"
  • "Born This Way? A Socio-Genetic Analysis of Risk-Taking and Religiosity in Life-Course Transitions"
  • "State-Level Predictors of Government Policy Toward Religion: A Cross-National Analysis"

Office Location: Social Science 223
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Office Phone
Email
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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SOC 131 Sec 1 9:30 - 10:45AM T/TH SS 203
SOC 142 Sec 9 5:00 - 6:15PM M/W North Gym 150
SOC 153 Sec 4 12:00 - 1:50PM T/TH SS 203

Office Location: Social Science 219
Office Hours:  
Office Phone: 
Email: aseemhasnain@mail.fresnostate.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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SOC 153 Sec 2 10:00 - 11:50AM M/W SS 203
SOC 175 Sec 4 2:00 - 3:50PM M/W SS 202
       

Debbie Helsel

Office Location: Social Science 223 
Office Phone: 559-278-5144 
Email: deborahh@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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Matt Jendian
Office Location: Social Science 225
Office Hours
Office Phone: 559-278-2891 
Emailmatthewj@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
Class Time Days Location
SOC 111 Sec 8 4:00 - 6:50PM W SS 210
SOC 121 Sec 1 4:00 - 6:50PM M SS 210
SOC 151 Sec 3 2:00 - 3:50PM T/TH SS 203
SOC 151 Sec 4 6:00 - 7:50PM T/TH SS 203
Personal Biography

Matthew Ari Jendian was born and raised in Fresno and received his B.A. in sociology and minor degrees in psychology and Armenian Studies from Fresno State (1991) and his Ph.D. from USC (2001). Dr. Jendian is founding director of the Humanics Program in Community Benefit Administration at Fresno State and serves as a tenured Full Professor and Chair of sociology.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Jendian regularly teaches courses on the "Sociology of Race & Ethnicity," "Contemporary Social Issues," "Sociology of Terrorism & Genocide," and "Social Policy Analysis, Advocacy, and Community Organizing."  In August 2012, Dr. Jendian was promoted to Full Professor, and he continues to direct the Humanics Program and serve as faculty advisor for the Humanics AFP Collegiate Chapter. 

Dr. Jendian has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles as well as two books: Becoming American, Remaining Ethnic (LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2008) and #Think: Critical Thinking about Social Problems (Kendall Hunt, 2017).  

Dr. Jendian is the recipient of several honors, including the 2012 President’s Award of Excellence presented by the University Advisory Board at Fresno State in recognition of his integrity, leadership and commitment to the university and community, the 2008 “Provost’s Award for Faculty Service,” the 2016 “Together We Win Award” in recognition of his role in civic engagement, the 2014 “Trailblazer for Prosperity” Award from Southeast Fresno Community & Economic Development Association, the 2007 Social Action Award from Temple Beth Israel, and the 2007 “Amigo Award” presented by Vida en El Valle to “a non-Latino individual or organization that has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Latino community.”  He was honored in Menk, an encyclopedia of biographies of prominent Armenian scholars.  He was nominated for the 2009 California Campus Compact Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships, was selected as part of the first cohort of the Irvine Foundation’s New Leadership Network, and has written and received national and federal grants to develop curricula that engage university students in capacity-building work with Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) in Central California. 

Dr. Jendian has served as a board member for several CBOs, including Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.), Buchanan Babe Ruth Baseball Association, Inc., Fresno Nonprofit Advancement Council, Fresno Housing Alliance, Regenerate California Innovation (formerly Relational Culture Institute), and Fresno Metro Ministry and as an external evaluator with local and multinational CBOs, including Porterville College and Armenian General Benevolent Union. 

Andrew Jones
Office Location: Social Science 221
Office Hours:
Office Phone: 559-278-8806
Emailanjones@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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 SOC 153 Sec 4 6:00 - 7:50PM M/W SS 203
 SOC 158 Sec 1 12:30 - 1:45PM T/TH SS 203
 SOC 158 Sec 3 2:00 - 3:15PM M/W SA 153
SOC 176 Sec 6 4:00 - 5:50PM T/TH SS 203
Personal Biography

Dr. Jones completed his doctorate in sociology in July of 2006 at the University of Oregon (Dissertation title: “How the Media Frame Global Warming: A Harbinger of Human Extinction or Endless Summer Fun?”) and joined the faculty at Fresno State in the fall of 2007. He attained an M.S. in sociology from the University of Oregon in 2003, an M.S. in social science from Pittsburg State University in 1998, and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Kansas in 1994. In addition to his academic development, Dr. Jones has worked as a newspaper editor and as a branch manager for a multi-national corporation.

Dr. Jones resides in Fresno with his wife, Melissa, their four cats: Millie, Siona, Ra, & Riffraff, and four dogs: Coco, Gigi, Lulu, & Mimi. His hobbies and interests include tennis, hiking, bicycling, photography, watching movies & playing video games, cooking, sculpting, and painting.

Areas of Specialty

His teaching and research interests include social theory, cultural sociology, mass media, environmental sociology, political economy, and political sociology. Substantively, he specializes in media framing of environmental issues and their impact on social perceptions. Prior to joining Fresno State, Dr. Jones taught courses at the University of Oregon and Pittsburg State University in sociology of mass media, Marxist social theory, crime & deviance, introductory sociology, American government, and introduction to philosophy.

Dr. Jones is currently working on multi-disciplinary research through a grant from the National Science Foundation, examining human water use behaviors and their impacts on biodiversity in an urban environment. The Urban Long Term Research Area - Fresno And Clovis Ecosocial Study (ULTRA-FACES) team has collected bird, tree, and social data for the Fresno and Clovis Metropolitan Area and is examining the interactions between water policy, residential water use, and urban biodiversity.

Recent Publications

Jones, Andrew R. “Using news media content analysis as a teaching tool in sociology of popular culture.” National Social Science Journal, Vol. 50, No. 2., pp. 19-24.

Madhusudan Katti, Andrew R. Jones, Derya Özgoç Çağlar, Henry D. Delcore, and Kaberi Kar Gupta. 2017. “The Influence of Structural Conditions and Cultural Inertia on Water Usage and Landscape Decision-Making in a California Metropolitan Area.” Sustainability, 9(9).

Madhusudan Katti, Andrew R. Jones, Mara Brady, and Beth Weinman. 2016. “From Tropical Plantations to K-cups: A socio-environmental analysis of the global journey of coffee.” National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), 2015-10.

Jones, Andrew R.  2014. “Framing global warming: An international comparison of the influence of climate contrarians on news media coverage.” National Social Science Journal, Vol. 41, No.2, pp. 49-65.

Jones, Andrew R. 2009. “The Next Mass Extinction: Human Evolution or Human Eradication.” Journal of Cosmology, Vol. 2, November, pp. 316- 333.

Jones, Andrew R. 2009. Fads, Fetishes & Fun: A Sociological Analysis of Pop Culture. Cognella Press: San Diego, CA.

Timothy Kubal
Office Location: Social Science 224 
Office Hours:  
Office Phone: 559-278-5145 
Emailtkubal@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022

 

SOC 3 Sec 5 12:30 - 1:45PM M/W IT 288
SOC 3 Sec 6 3:30 - 4:45PM M/W Science 176
SOC 131 Sec 6 DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
SOC 157 Sec 1 5:00 - 6:15PM M/W IT 294
Personal Biography

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2001. Southern Illinois University. I taught at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for two years before coming to Fresno State in 2002.

My hobbies include bicycling, downhill skiing, and cooking.

Areas of Specialty

Journal editor (social movements section), Sociology Compass (2016-2017)

President, California Sociological Association (2016-2017)

Chair, Social Science Research and Instructional Council (2017)

I currently teach courses such as social movements, social change, gender, race, and critical thinking about society. I have published on the topic of "diversity and learning outcomes," and I am analyzing variations in learning outcomes in traditional and online classes. I am also developing content for the textbook market.

My main research area is social movements.  My 2008 book, Cultural Movements and Collective Memory: Christopher Columbus and the Rewriting of the National Origin Myth examines the patriotic, religious, ethnic, and anti-colonial movements that have successfully mobilized to shape public commemoration of Columbus Day.

I have published research on cultural processes within environmental movements.

I am participating with colleagues and students in research projects on self efficacy, sexual abstinence movements, and homelessness.

I have developed community statistics sites as well as a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) software package, among other small pieces of software.  I have been training students to use the CATI software to collect interviews from residents in the Central Valley to understand public attitudes about social issues such as police misconduct, homelessness, and environmental problems.

Justin Myers
Office Location: Social Science 129B
Office Hours:
Office Phone: 559-278-7346
Email: justinmyers@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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SOC 150T Sec 5 11:00 - 11:50AM T North Gym 153
SOC 151 Sec 4 2:00 - 3:30PM T TH SS 203
SOC 176 Sec 6 4:00 - 5:50PM T TH SS 203
SOC 185I Sec 1 DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
SOC 185I Sec 3 DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
Personal Biography

A born and raised Californian, Dr. Myers graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College (AA), Sonoma State (BA), and San Diego State (MA).  He received his PhD from The City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013 and taught for five years at Marist College before starting at Fresno State in the Fall of 2018.

Areas of Specialty 

Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Food & Agriculture, Environmental Justice & Food Justice, Social Inequality, Social Movements, Work & Labor, Urban Sociology, Critical Theory.

Research Focus

His work investigates the relationship between oppression and resistance through exploring how social movements are utilizing food as a means to address social, economic, and environmental injustice.  

His primary research project is focused on East New York Farms (ENYF!), a longstanding food justice organization in the Black, Caribbean, and Latinx community of East New York, Brooklyn, and analyzes their efforts to build a community food system premised on farmers markets, urban farms, and market-oriented community gardens to address a legacy of political and economic marginalization. 

Recent Publications

Myers, Justin Sean.  2018. “Food and Hunger.” In Twenty Lessons in Food and Agriculture, edited by Jason Konefal and Maki Hatanaka. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Myers, Justin Sean. 2018. “The CUNY Open Admissions Strike, 1969.” Pp. 191-199 in Revolting New York, edited by Neil Smith and Don Mitchell. Athens GA: University of Georgia Press .

Myers, Justin Sean. 2018. “Neoliberalism, Debt, and Class Power.” Pp. 337-352 in Class: The Anthology, edited by Michael Roberts and Stanley Aronowitz. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sbicca, Joshua and Justin Sean Myers. 2017. “Food Justice Racial Projects: Fighting Racial Neoliberalism from the Bay to the Big Apple.” Environmental Sociology 3(1): 30-41.

Myers, Justin Sean. 2017.  “Food for Thought” chapter inset boxes. In Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology, second edition, edited by Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Jennifer Randles
Office Location: Social Science 211
Office Hours:
Office Phone: 559.278.5146
Emailjrandles@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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Soc 176 Sec 2

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SS 203

SOC 185I Sec 6

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SOC 190 Sec 2

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Personal Biography

Dr. Randles graduated with her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. She taught for two years at Austin College before joining the faculty of California State University, Fresno in 2013.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Randles specializes in the sociology of family, marriage, gender, social inequality/poverty, childhood, and qualitative methodologies. She teaches classes on family/marriage, inequality, childhood, race/ethnicity, research methods, and critical thinking. Her research addresses how social and economic inequities affect family life in the United States and how public policies address these intimate inequalities. Her book, Proposing Prosperity?: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America (Columbia University Press, 2017), is an ethnographic study of the implementation of healthy marriage policy and reveals how government-funded marriage education programs teach that romantic experiences, relationship behaviors, and marital choices are primary mechanisms of inequality.

Recent Publications Include:

Randles, Jennifer, and Kerry Woodward. 2018. “Learning to Labor, Love, and Live: Shaping the  ‘Good Neoliberal Citizen’ in State Work and Marriage Programs.” Sociological Perspectives 61(1): 39-56. (equal co-authorship)

Randles, Jennifer, and Orit Avishai. 2018. “Saving Marriage Culture ‘One Marriage at a Time’: Relationship Education and the Reinstitutionalization of Marriage in an Era of Individualism.” Qualitative Sociology 41: 21-40. 

Randles, Jennifer. 2017. “The Diaper Dilemma.” Contexts 16(4): 66-68.

Randles, Jennifer. 2016. “Redefining the Marital Power Struggle through Relationship Skills: How United States Marriage Education Programs Challenge and Reinforce Gender Inequality.” Gender & Society 30(2): 240-264. 

Avishai, Orit, Melanie Heath, and Jennifer Randles. 2015. “The Marriage Movement.” Pp. 308-320 in Families as They Really Are, Second Edition, edited by Barbara Risman and Virginia Rutter. New York: Norton. (equal co-authorship)

Randles, Jennifer. 2015. “Leaning In and Letting Go: Feminist Tools for Valuing Non-Work.” Pp. 40-50 in Letting Go: Feminist and Social Justice Insights and Activism, edited by Donna King and Kay Valentine. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Randles, Jennifer. 2014. “Partnering and Parenting in Poverty: A Qualitative Analysis of a Relationship Skills Program for Low-Income, Unmarried Families.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33(2): 385-412.

Randles, Jennifer. 2013. “Repackaging the ‘Package Deal’: Promoting Marriage for Low-Income Families by Targeting Paternal Identity and Reframing Marital Masculinity.” Gender & Society 27(6): 864-888.  

Avishai, Orit, Lynne Gerber, and Jennifer Randles. 2013. “The Feminist Ethnographer’s Dilemma: Reconciling Progressive Research Agendas with Fieldwork Realities.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 42(4): 394-426. (Feature article in special symposium issue; equal co-authorship)

Avishai, Orit, Lynne Gerber, and Jennifer Randles. 2013. “Toward a Feminist Ethnography of Feminist Ethnography: A Response.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 42(4): 501-520. (equal co-authorship)

Chris Sullivan
Office Location: Social Science 226
Office Hours: 
Office phone: 559-278-7731
Email: chsullivan@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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 SOC 150T Sec 3  2:00 - 2:50PM  T  FFS 208B
 SOC 170T Sec 2  6:00 - 7:15PM  M/W  SS 202
 SOC 175 Sec 2  10:00 - 11:50AM  T/TH  SS 202
SOC 175 Sec 6 4:00 - 5:50PM M/W SS 202
Personal Biography

Dr. Sullivan did his graduate work at University of California, Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in Sociology and Demography in 2013. 

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Sullivan specializes in quantitative methods. His research examines ethnicity and inequality in China using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He spent over 18 months conducting ethnographic research and unstructured interviews with a group of Uyghur Muslim entrepreneurs in a large Chinese city, and found that as the climate of everyday violence intensified, individuals became more innovative in adopting strategies of resistance to police tactics of control. As a result of the research he conducts, he speaks Mandarin Chinese, as well as Uyghur, Turkish, and German.

 

Part-Time Faculty

 
Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Hours
Email: adriang0mez@mail.fresnostate.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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SOC 184S Sec 1 6:00 - 8:00PM M LAB 134
SOC 186S Sec 1 6:00 - 8:00PM W LAB 134

 
Office Location
Office Hours:
Office Phone
Email: eacebedogonzalez@csufresno
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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SOC 130W Sec 6 4:00 - 5:50PM T/TH SA 153
SOC 130W Sec 8 6:00 - 7:50PM T/TH SA 153

 
Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Hours
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: nhagaman@mail.fresnostate.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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 SOC 3 Sec 18 DGTCAMP ASYNC DGTCAMP ASYNC DGTCAMP ASYNC
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 SOC 131 Sec 2  12:00 - 12:50PM  M/W/F  SA 153
 SOC 131 Sec 4   1:00 - 1:50PM M/W/F  SA 153
 SOC 165 Sec 1  2:00 - 3:15PM  M/W  SA 153
Biography

Natasha Hagaman is a lecturer in Sociology at Fresno State and doctoral student at UC Merced. She began her Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Merced in Fall 2016, and is currently finalizing her dissertation which examines gender identity in couples where fathers are the lead parent. Ms. Hagaman will graduate with her Ph.D. in May 2022.

Prior to teaching, her past experience included working for lobbying associations in Sacramento and for public agencies. Ms. Hagaman worked in the Fresno County Administrative Office and the Department of Behavioral Health for 14 years. Ms. Hagaman has a B.A. in Gender Studies (Sonoma State) and an M.A. in Public Policy (Claremont Graduate University), as well as an M.A.
in Sociology (UC Merced). Ms. Hagaman teaches classes in critical thinking, the sociology of sex and gender, and contemporary social issues. Her research interests are gender, sexuality, work, and family.

Her recent publications include:
Beattie, Irenee, Nella Van Dyke, and Natasha Hagaman. 2021. “What Do We Know about LGBQ+ College Student Academic Experiences and Outcomes?” Sociology Compass. 15(3): e12862. https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12862

Van Dyke, Nella, Natasha Hagaman, Irenee R. Beattie, and Hala Alnagar. 2021. "Coming Out (or not) on College Applications: Institutional and Interpersonal Dimensions of Disclosing LGBQ+ Identities." Socius 7: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F23780231211054641

Office LocationSocial Science 129
Office Hours: 
Office phone: 559-278-2892
Email: erich@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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SOC 1 Sec 2 8:00 - 8:50AM M/W/F SS 210
SOC 1 Sec 4 9:00 - 9:50AM M/W/F SS 210
SOC 162 10:00 - 10:50AM M/W/F SS 210

Office LocationSocial Science 129
Office Hours: 
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: robinh@csufresno.edu
Class Schedule Fall 2022
 
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 SOC 111 Sec 2  8:00 - 9:15AM T/TH SA 153
 SOC 111 Sec 8 DGT CAMP DGT CAMP  DGT CAMP
SOC 111 Sec 10 DGT CAMP DGT CAMP DGT CAMP
 SOC 143 Sec 2  9:30 - 10:45AM  T/Th  SA 153

Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Hours: 
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: gregoryk@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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SOC 3 Sec 22 DGT CAMP DGT CAMP DGT CAMP
SOC 130WS Sec 1 10:00 - 11:50AM T/TH Science 2 Rm 108
SOC 130WS Sec 3 12:00-1:50PM T/TH Music 167
SOC 130WS Sec 4 4:00-5:50PM T/TH South Gym 130

Vera Kennedy
Virtual Office Hours:
Email: vekennedy@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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 SOC 3 Sec 24  DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
 SOC 143 Sec 4  DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
 SOC 143 Sec 6  DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
Personal Biography

Vera G. Kennedy is a Lecturer at California State University, Fresno and a tenured faculty at West Hills Community College Lemoore. Dr. Kennedy received her Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and Masters in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno and her doctorate from Argosy University in Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning.

Areas of Specialty

Dr. Kennedy teaches courses in cultural diversity, deviance, drugs and society, mental health, social problems, and applied sociology. She received the 2010 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award and was recognized by the West Hills College Lemoore Team TEACH program as an All-star in Teaching. Her most recent publication was on The Influence of Cultural Capital on Hispanic Student College Graduation Rates.

She has experience working with nonprofit and public agencies in organizational development, grant writing, program evaluation, and social research. Dr. Kennedy is certified by the National Grant Writers Association as a Senior Certified Grants Specialist and Certified Grants Reviewer. Before teaching full-time, she worked as the Juvenile Justice Services Coordinator for the Fresno Superior Court and assisted in the establishment and facilitation of the Juvenile Mental Health Court for Fresno County. Prior to the Court, Dr. Kennedy owned and operated a private consulting firm for six years. From 1999-2002, she was the Associate Director for the Central California Center for Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Kennedy served on the Board of Directors for Comprehensive Youth Services, a child abuse prevention agency for eight years. She was appointed by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Fresno County Foster Care Oversight Committee for six years. She most recently served as a member of the Fresno County Human Resources Advisory Board responsible for reviewing and recommending local grant funding administered by the County of Fresno.

Office Hours:
Email: alevine@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
Class Time Days Location
SOC 144 Sec 2 2:00 - 3:15PM  T/TH Science 145

Virtual Office Hours:
Email

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Office Location: Social Science 129
Office Hours:
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Emailednelson@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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SOC 3 Sec 4 12:30 - 1:45PM T/TH Science 176
Personal Biography

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1968. He taught at Rutgers for five years before coming to California State University, Fresno in 1973.

Areas of Specialty

Currently he teaches courses in research methods, quantitative methods, and critical thinking. He serves on the Academic Information Technology subcommittee and is the co-chair of the Consortium of Applied Social Science Research Centers. He is also the campus representative to the Social Science

Research and Instructional Council of the CSU and is the Executive Director of the California Sociological Association.

He has been the director of the Social Research Laboratory (SRL) since 1980. The Social Research Laboratory is part of the College of Social Sciences, California State University Fresno. The SRL provides research support to the university, governmental and non-profit agencies, as well as to other local and regional groups. Assistance is provided in a number of areas including sampling design, questionnaire construction, interviewer training, data collection, coding, data entry, statistical analysis, and computer applications. In the last few years, the SRL has focused on conducting telephone surveys for many different agencies and organizations. Recently the SRL initiated another avenue of research support under the direction of Dr. Xuanning Fu. This project examines state mandated exam test scores (such as CST, California Standard Test) and looks for patterns by student characteristics, so that targeted teaching and remedial actions can be taken. These services are provided to local K-12 schools to help school administrators make research-based decisions.

The SRL also provides evaluation services to agencies and organizations.  Currently the lab is the evaluator for Weed and Seed in Modesto and has worked with the Relational Culture Institute in Fresno to analyze data collected from community leaders and with AmeriCorps.

Janine Nkosi
Office Hours: Online by appointment only
Email: jnkosi@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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SOC 1S Sec 10 DGTCAMP ASYNC DGTCAMP ASYNC DGTCAMP ASYNC
SOC 1S Sec 12 DGTCAMP ASYNC DGTCAMP ASYNC DGTCAMP ASYNC
SOC 3S Sec 12 4:00 - 6:50PM  M DGTCAMP SYNC
SOC 3S Sec 14 4:00 - 6:50PM W DGTCAMP SYNC
 Personal Biography

Greetings students and colleagues! My name is Janine Nkosi and I’m a dedicated and passionate sociologist, activist-educator, and community organizer. I am firmly committed to working alongside my students to develop and deepen their sociological imagination through critical community-based research and organizing. I started teaching Sociology at Fresno State in 2011 and was blessed to join the Merritt College Sociology Department in Spring 2020! I’m a proud first-generation college graduate. I began my higher ed journey at Fresno City College as a single mom of two beautiful children, Asante and Jennifer. My children are my strength, courage, inspiration and determination. I did not achieve a high school diploma or GED, but I did earn an associate degree in Liberal Studies and five additional degrees-- a bachelor’s in Sociology, master’s in Counseling, and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fresno State (Bulldog pride!), and dual master’s in Sociology, and Chicana and Chicano Studies from my hometown college San José State University (go Spartans!). 

I strive every day to put my sociological knowledge, skills, and passion into action as a regional community organizer with Faith in the Valley– a multiracial, multiethnic, and multifaith grassroots community organization dedicated to working alongside residents to advance racial justice across the Central Valley. My teaching, research, and organizing philosophy is rooted in Critical Race Theory and methodologies, Critical Pedagogy, Community Cultural Wealth and Funds of Knowledge. Collectively, this model centers students’ lived experience, fosters critical consciousness and praxis, is inspiring, loving, joyful, academically rigorous, and aims to advance racial and economic justice. I care very deeply about my family, my students and my community. I’m passionate about connecting classroom learning to meaningful community change. If you’d like to know more about me, check out my ePortfolio: http://bit.ly/JanineNkosi and connect with me on Twitter @JanineNkosi

I look forward to working alongside you in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the community!

Office Hours: Online by appointment only
Email: inthiaquesada@mail.fresnostate.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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Personal Biography

Cintia Quesada was raised in Huron, California, and has ancestral roots from Guanajuato and Zacatecas, México, to the California Central Valley. After working in the agricultural fields and a garlic warehouse in Coalinga and the surrounding area, Cintia attended West Hills Community College, Lemoore, before earning their B.A. in sociology from California State University, Fresno, in 2017.

As a teacher, scholar, and artist, Cintia is interested in how living amid environmental hazards shapes how people make sense of space in the California Central Valley. They received a Master of Arts degree from the University of California, Merced, in 2019 and are a sociology Ph.D. candidate at UC Merced.

Currently, Cintia lectures in the sociology department at CSU Fresno and is a staff researcher for the HOPe Lab in the department of public health at UC Merced, in collaboration with Faith in the Valley, Fresno. Collectively, we are fighting for housing and health justice.

Email:  sranganathan@csufresno.edu

Class schedule Fall 2022

 
Class Time Days Location
NOT TEACHING      

Office Location: Social Science 129 
Office Phone: 559-278-2892
Office Hours: 
Emailshankar@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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SOC 3 Sec 2 11:00AM - 12:15PM T/TH SA 153
SOC 142 Sec 1 9:00 - 9:50AM M/W/F SA 153
SOC 142 Sec 4 10:00 - 10:50AM M/W/F SA 153
SOC 142 Sec 5 11:00 - 11:50AM M/W/F SA 153
Soc 142 Sec 7 12:30 - 1:45PM T/TH SA 153

Email: dsimmons@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
Class Time Days Location
Not Teaching      

Office Location: Social Science 129

Office Hours:

Department phone: 559-278-2892

Email: seslusser@mail.fresnostate.edu 

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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SOC 130W Sec 2 10:00 - 11:50AM M/W Science 2, Rm 110
SOC 130W Sec 3 12:00 - 1:50PM M/W Science 2, Rm 110
SOC 130W Sec 4 4:00 - 5:50PM M/W Science 2, Rm 110

Linda Vang

Office Location: Social Science 129

Office Hours: 
Department Phone: 559-278-2892
Email: lindavan@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
Class Time Days Location
 SOC 3 Sec 8  3:30 - 4:45PM  M/W  SA 153
 SOC 168 Sec 2  5:00 - 6:15PM  M/W SA 153

Virtual Office Hours: 
Email: swhitley@csufresno.edu

Class Schedule Fall 2022

 
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SOC 163 Sec 8 DGTCAMP DGTCAMP DGTCAMP
Personal Biography

Dr. Whitley graduated with her doctoral degree in sociology from Washington State University in 2012. She taught for a year at Washington State University before joining the tenure-track faculty at California State University, Fresno in 2013. She co-founded the Fresno State Chapter of the Food Recovery Network with Dr. Janine Nkosi and together they were recognized by President Joseph I. Castro with the "Spirit of Service" Award in April 2015 for their efforts.  At the end of spring 2016 semester, Dr. Whitley resigned her tenure-track position, but she continues to teach on-line courses as an adjunct faculty member for the Sociology Department at Fresno State.

Areas of Specialty

She specializes in the sociology of education, poverty, qualitative methodologies, rural/urban sociology, social inequality, and stratification. She teaches classes on the sociology of education, gender, introduction to sociology, research methods, rural/urban sociology, social inequality, social problems, and stratification. She emphasizes service learning components in her classes in order to give students real world experience with the course material covered. She has advised student research on education related issues and internships in various community organizations and programs. Her current research addresses food insecurity and hunger issues in rural and urban settings and how public policy addresses the increasing hunger epidemic. Her recent publication includes:

Whitley, Sarah. 2013. “Changing Times in Rural America: Food Assistance and Food Insecurity in Food Deserts.” Journal of Family Social Work 16(1):36-52.

 Emeritus Faculty

Alfred J. Claassen (1969-2001), Ph.D., University of Colorado

S. John Dackawich (1970-1994), Ph.D., University of Colorado

Robert D. Fischer (1972-2001), Ph.D., Michigan State University

Albert I. McLeod (1968-2001), Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Edward E. Nelson (1973-2008), Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Ness Nelson (1973-2000), Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Robert S. Palacio (1987-2013), Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

John N. Tinker (1969-2001), Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Chandler Washburne (1968-1983), Ph.D., Michigan State University