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,
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
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
Melissa Osborne, PhD,
Associate 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) 650-7523
Phil Pendergast, PhD,
Assistant Professor, Director, Tedrow Lab for Demographic and Social Research
Quantitative Methods, Social Inequality, Health and Well-Being, Crime and Punishment, Demography, Quasi-Experiments and Program Evaluation penderp@wwu.edu
(360) 650-3229
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
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,
Associate Professor
Gender, Demography, International Development, Global Sociology, Migration, Reproductive Health zaidir@wwu.edu
(360) 650-4926


Assistant Professor
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Associate Professor
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Professor of Sociology
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Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor Director, Tedrow Lab for Demographic and Social Research
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Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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Affiliated Faculty


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