Faculty & Staff

Our faculty teach and conduct research in a variety of areas, including Family and the Life Course, Law/Crime/Deviance, Population Studies, Social Organization/Social Inequality, and Social Psychology. Our staff provide strong administrative support and a comprehensive advising program for students. For background information on each of our faculty and administrative staff, click on their names.

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Name and Title Research Interests Contact
Kristin Anderson,
Chair and Professor
Gender, domestic violence, families Kristin.Anderson@wwu.edu
(360) 650-7219
Ruby Ben,
Assistant Professor
Critical Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Peoples and Native Nations, Race and Ethnicity, Health and Illness, Qualitative Methods, Science, Knowledge, and Technology benr2@wwu.edu
Mick Cunningham,
Family, social demography, gender, time use, intimate partner violence Mick.Cunningham@wwu.edu
(360) 650-4881
Seth Feinberg,
Research methodology, post-colonial African states, deviance, and NFL/NCAA labor markets feinbes@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3864
Sabrina Freeman,
Organizations, small group processes, research Sabrina.Freeman@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3618
Pat Gillham,
Associate Professor
Social movements, democracy, policing, law, civil disorder, inequalities, social control and violence gillhap@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3006
Ronald Helms,
criminal justice (police, courts, corrections), criminology, local jails and mental health resourcing, energy consumption patterns, research methods Helmsr@wwu.edu
(360) 650-7927
Jen Lois,
Professor of Sociology
Sociology of Emotions, Gender, Identity/Self, Qualitative Methods Jen.Lois@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3007
Carter Merklinghaus,
Military Service, Gender, Substance Use/Abuse, Social Psychology, Demography ander498@wwu.edu
(360) 650-7213
Liz Mogford,
Social/structural determinants of health, travel ethics, critical health literacy pedagogy, gender equity with focus on violence against women mogfore@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3002
Jenny Nguyen,
Race and ethnic inequality, gender, IEPs, ACEs, Experimental surveys nguye253@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3001
Melissa Osborne, PhD,
Assistant Professor
Social mobility, inequality and stratification, education, organizations, social theory, culture, qualitative methods osbornm7@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3001
Laura Overstreet,
Senior Instructor
Divorce in late adulthood, student learning Laura.Overstreet@wwu.edu
(360) 650-7522
Toby Ten Eyck,
Community and urban culture Toby.TenEyck@wwu.edu
(360) 650-7521
Glenn Tsunokai, PhD,
Race and ethnic relations, methods, stratification tsunokg@wwu.edu
Sara Vega,
Social Inequality, Food Insecurity, Health, Applied Research, Survey Research Sara.Vega@wwu.edu
(360) 650-4926
Cameron T. Whitley, PhD,
Associate Professor
Environmental Sociology, Sociological Animal Studies, Science and Technology, Queer/Trans Studies, Social Psychology, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning whitlec@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3618
Batool Zaidi,
Assistant Professor
Gender, Demography, International Development, Global Sociology zaidir@wwu.edu
(360) 650-4926


Kristin Anderson

Kristin Anderson

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Chair and Professor
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Ruby Ben

Assistant Professor
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Pat Gillham

Associate Professor
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Jen Lois

Professor of Sociology
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Melissa Osborne, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Batool Zaidi

Assistant Professor
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Affiliated Faculty


Maggie Huang

Admin Services Manager A
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Andrea Osborn

Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor
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