Sociology and Anthropology Department

Faculty and Staff

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Nadia K. Hunt

Nadia K. Hunt

Department Assistant in Religious Studies
Department Assistant in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2765
nhunt1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 361

Faculty

Otieno R. Kisiara

Otieno R. Kisiara

Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2768
okisiar0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 395
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Washington University (Anthropology); M.P.H., SUNY University at Albany; M.A., Washington University (Anthropology); B.A., University of Nairobi (Anthropology)

Teaching and Research Areas: Culture and globalization, forced migration, anthropological approaches to political economy, agrarian transformations, African studies.

Kimberly J. McGann

Kimberly J. McGann

Associate Professor in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-5136
kmcgann5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 305
Bio

Education: Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo (Sociology); M.A., Rutgers University (Sociology); B.A., Skidmore College (Sociology)

Teaching Interests: Mass Media and Popular Culture, Medical Sociology, Individual & Society, Race & Ethnicity, Intro to Sociology, Senior Seminar, Marriages & Families. Undergraduate student research opportunities.

Research Interests: Social influences on romantic love, online dating, the social construction of the news, power and social inequality, innovative pedagogy, student retention.

Yamuna Sangarasivam

Yamuna Sangarasivam

Professor of Anthropology in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2746
ysangar7@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 308
Additional Positions:
Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program in Women and Gender Studies
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Syracuse University, 2000; M.A. Dance Ethnology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992; B.A. Musicology and Piano, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1990

Teaching and Research Areas: Cultural anthropology; women & gender studies; critical archaeology and cultural heritage; nationalism, terrorism and resistance; food & culture; anthropology of love; social conflict; anthropology of dance; intersectionalities of race, class, gender, and sexuality; Tamil national and transnational movements; critical terrorism studies; diversity & inclusion.

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Harry Murray

Harry Murray

Professor of Sociology in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2760
hmurray9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 313
Additional Positions:
Director in Peace and Justice
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Syracuse University (Sociology); M.R.P., Cornell University (City Planning); A.B., College of the Holy Cross (Economics) 

Teaching Interests: Sociology, social problems, deviance, sociology of religion, homelessness, social movements, and social research methods.

Research Interests: Non-violence, the Catholic worker movement, Homes for the Friendless, and social construction of weapons of mass destruction. 2017 research: Homelessness as Death Sentence. 2018 research: Counties vary in rates of denying public assistance applicants and suspending people's benefits.

Devparna N. Roy

Devparna N. Roy

Assistant Professor in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2762
droy9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 307
Madeline Slowik

Madeline Slowik

Faculty Emerita in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2765
mslowik7@naz.edu
Sherry Walker-Cowart

Sherry Walker-Cowart

Lecturer in Peace and Justice
585-389-2760
swalker1@naz.edu
Timothy G. Weider

Timothy G. Weider

Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2765
tweider3@naz.edu
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Education, School of
Bio

Teaching and Research Interests: Crime and justice, social classes, and neighborhoods and communities.

Research: Homelessness as Death Sentence

Homelessness shortens people’s lifespans by over two decades, according to Professor Harry Murray's analysis of people who were homeless in Rochester between 1990 and 2017.

Holding Government Accountable

Prof. Harry Murray's 2018 analysis showed how counties differ in the rates that they reject public assistance applicants and suspend people's benefits. Democrat and Chronicle story:

Media story: County rejects, suspends public assistance at high rate

Murray's report