Dr. Anne Tuominen


PhD, University of Washington

Anne Tuominen teaching specialties include foundational and upper-level sociology courses (family, religion), college success courses, and eLearning.  Her research interests have included multicultural families and language choices, and the effects of cultural change; her dissertation research on tourism and post-Soviet change in Estonia was supported by two years of a US Dept. of Education FLAS fellowship and added to the small trove of languages that she speaks.  She has held a post-doctoral sociology lectureship at the UW and is a long-time online instructor for UW Professional and Continuing Education.  In 2015, she received the Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Service Award from Cascadia College where she also teaches.  She has been teaching online for Western since 2013.

Faculty Research Interests

Family, religion, eLearning

Selected Publications

Custer, Lindsay, and Anne Tuominen. “Bringing ‘Internationalization at Home’ Opportunities to Community Colleges: Design and Assessment of an Online Exchange Activity between U.S. and Japanese Students.” Teaching Sociology, first published on November 15, 2016 as doi:10.1177/0092055X16679488

​Working paper:

Custer, Lindsay and Anne Tuominen. “Facilitating Cross-Cultural Exchange Using Online Discussions.”  (presented at Global Engagement Through Technology Symposium, Sept. 18, 2015, University of Washington Bothell, WA).

Tuominen, Anne. 2005. “The Endurance of Ethnic Family Rituals,”  in Rituals and Patterns in Children’s Lives, ed. Kathy Merlock Jackson, The University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 17-33.

Tuominen, Anne. 1999. “Who Decides the Home Language: A Look at Multilingual Families,”International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 40, pp.59-76.



Research Interests

  • eLearning
  • Religion