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Dr. Gregory AdamDr. Gregory Adams, Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5641
Office: EN C 023F
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Gregory Adams is a social psychologist in the sociological tradition. He earned his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  His research has applications in a broad range of areas including criminology, public health, and social work.  Dr. Adams' experience with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a US Fulbright Fellowship, and international research, have allowed him to form scholarly relationships in the US and abroad. He encourages students to cross cultural boundaries wherever possible, to find ways to make a practical difference in their communities.


Dr. Jessica Kenty-DraneDr. Jessica Kenty-Drane
Associate Professor of Sociology, Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (203) 392-5689
Office: Engleman C 030B
B.S., University of New Hampshire, M.S., Ph.D. Northeastern University

Jessica L. Kenty-Drane holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northeastern University located in Boston , Massachusetts. Professor Kenty-Drane joined the Department of Sociology at SCSU in the fall of 2004. She regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Research Methods, Quantitative Analysis, and the Sociology of Education. Dr. Kenty-Drane recently won a CSU Research Grant, which she will use to complete her project entitled "Does Homeownership Play a Beneficial Role in Closing the Educational Achievement Gap?" This project stems from her doctoral dissertation entitled "First-Grade Inequality: Disparities in Educational Conditions of the U.S. Public School First-Grade 1999-2000 Cohort." Dr. Kenty-Drane focuses her research in the areas of social stratification emphasizing race and social class inequality, the sociology of education, the sociology of children and childhood, and disparities in wealth. Trained in quantitative methods, she is skilled in the use of large datasets including both the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).


Dr. Cassi A. MeyerhofferDr. Cassi A. Meyerhoffer
Associate Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-6289
Office: Engleman C 030C
B.A., Weber State University, M.A., PH.D. University at Buffalo, SUNY

Cassi A. Meyerhoffer is a qualitative sociologist with research interests in racial residential segregation, urban sociology, race and ethnicity, and gender inequality. Her current research involves studying issues related to race, social class, culture, and immigration status for how people express neighborhood preferences. She is particularly interested in understanding and disentangling the relationship between race and class and how that relationship informs the stereotypes or perceptions that people have of minority neighborhoods. Dr. Meyerhoffer teaches classical theory, sociological research methods, urban sociology, racial and ethnic relations, social change, social problems, introduction to sociology, social psychology, and special seminar courses on racial residential segregation.


Dr. Cassi A. MeyerhofferDr. Catherine Tan
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5683
Office: Engleman C 023E
M.A., Columbia University, Ph.D., Brandeis University

Catherine Tan holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts) and M.A. from Columbia University. Her research interests include medical sociology, scientific knowledge, social movements, public health, and qualitative methods. She is currently preparing her book proposal, Challenging Autism: The Production of Controversial Bodies and Identities. This project compares two health social movements to explore the re-construction, mobilization, and protection of unconventional knowledge concerning Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Dr. Janani UmamaheswarDr. Janani Umamaheswar
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (203) 392-5686
Office: Engleman C 023D
B.A., M.A., University of Toronto, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Janani Umamaheswar received her PhD in Sociology (with a focus in Criminology) from the Pennsylvania State University and her MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of crime and deviance, incarceration, gender, the life course, and qualitative research methods. Her current research combines sociological literature on gender and the life course with criminological literature on prisons to explore whether the link between homelessness and incarceration may be rooted in men’s inability to enact successfully conventional adult roles tied to masculinity. Dr. Umamaheswar’s recent work has been published in journals such as Punishment & Society; Crime, Media, Culture; and Women & Criminal Justice.