Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Bearden's research interests include the involvement of large corporations in the weapons business (the "military industrial complex"), the measurement of unemployment and the social construction of unemployment as a statistical fact. He has also worked with a series of students in joint research on student attitudes and knowledge about HIV, AIDS, and sexual behavior.

Dr. Cleeton studies the regulation of women's lives through medicine and the law. In her work on the pregnancy and delivery experiences of minority women living in poor urban neighborhoods, she argues that relations of race, class and gender shape the focus of personal responsibility for poor birth outcomes. This, in lieu of examining the links between poverty and infant mortality.

Dr. Cylke's research focuses on the environmental movement and the social construction of environmental concerns. He studies how the mass media and the environmental movement present scientific findings so that people become concerned about problems they can't see for themselves (e.g. air and water pollution, the depletion of the ozone layer).

Dr. Derne's study of family life in India explores the interconnections between culture, family, gender and emotion. His study of filmgoing in India examines how mass media consumption shapes family, emotion, sexuality and male dominance. His study of globalization considers the transformation of class, culture, and gender in India since economic liberalization. He is in the final stages of completing Well Being: Lessons from India, a project based on over 200 interviews conducted with a diversity of people in India. He is preparing a research project examining nonordinary spiritual experiences.

Dr. Eisenberg's research interest centers on the vital role of social interactions for shaping and maintaining identity, particularly within the groups to which we belong.  She is currently working on two projects related to studying identity. The first project, in the area of neurosociology, examines the impact of changing social networks on identity maintenance and neurological health.  The second project is testing her newly developed theory of identity matrices by examining Polish Jewish identity in three main cities in Poland - Warsaw, Krakow, and Lodz.

Dr. Lofquist's research deals with historical and contemporary patterns of death penalty use, particularly the relationship between systems of racial control such as slavery and lynching and the death penalty. He also researches wrongful convictions.

Dr. McLaughlin's primary interest is in tracing the parallels between the Darwinian revolution and changes currently occurring within various subfields of the social sciences.  He has also done empirical research in organizational ecology, including studies of the cooperative movement in Saskatchewan, Canada and the U.S. environmental movement.  Dr. McLaughlin's current research is focused on the use of evolutionary models to understand the dynamics of vulnerability to climate change and other natural hazards.  The goal of his research is to produce better models for identifying vulnerable populations and strategies to mitigate their risk.

Dr. Meyer's research is in the area of economic globalization, specifically the relationship between trade and investment liberalization and gender relations in national labor markets. Feminist, world system, and international political economy models are central to her analyses. In addition, she is interested in the rise of global social movements (e.g. labor, feminist, environmental) as they relate to global economic processes that have taken shape over the last twenty years.

Dr. Scott's recent research has been on women in corporate government affairs, specifically gender differences in the work and family connections of government affairs managers. Using in-depth interviews and a mail survey, she finds that both women and men are highly involved in networking at all levels of business and government yet the character of their connections differ significantly. Her research interests include the study of women's organizations and relations between legislative staff and government relations manager.

Dr. Tamura's research interests center on the consequences of globalization on schools in various societies including Japan and the United States. He has also worked on and is planning to continue a comparative examination of social movements and revolutions.