Faculty

Our current faculty pursues nationally and internationally recognized research on basic and applied social science questions. Three faculty members have received LSU's prestigious Rainmaker award for outstanding research, scholarship and creative activity.

Michael S. Barton

Michael S. Barton

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York
Office: 139 Stubbs Hall
Email: mbarto3@lsu.edu

Specializations: Criminology; urban sociology; gentrification & neighborhood change

MIchelle Barton

Michelle Barton

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology
ABD, University at Albany, State University of New York
Office: 11 Stubbs Hall
Email: michellebarton@lsu.edu

Specializations: Families; aging

 

Sarah Becker

Sarah Becker

Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Office: 141 Stubbs Hall
Email: sbecker@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-7243
Specializations: Intersectionality; criminology; ethnography; communities

Dana Berkowitz

Dana Berkowitz

Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
PhD, University of Florida
Office: 133 Stubbs Hall
Email: dberk@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-2619
Specializations: Gender; bodies; sexualities; qualitative methods; feminist & social theory

 

Troy Blanchard

Troy C. Blanchard

Interim Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 132 Hodges Hall
Email: troy@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-8273
Specializations: Social inequality; social demography; applied sociology

Chantel Chauvin

Chantel Chauvin

Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 137 Stubbs Hall
Email: cdufre3@lsu.edu

Specializations: Violent crime, delinquency, gender & crime, gun violence

 

Skylar Gremillion

Skylar C. Gremillion

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 143 Stubbs Hall
Email: sgremi3@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1117
Specializations: Gender; law; inequality; online communications

Yoshinori Kamo

Yoshinori Kamo

Department Chair
Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Washington
Office: 114 Stubbs Hall
Email: kamo@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-5353
Specializations: Work & family; social inequality; psychological well-being

 

Rhiannon Kroeger

Rhiannon A. Kroeger

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, Ohio State University
Office: 108 Stubbs Hall
Email: rkroeger@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-3898
Specializations: Health & Illness; family demography; quantitative methods

Matthew Lee

Matthew R. Lee

Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Support Services
Professor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Email: mlee@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1786
Specializations: Criminology; public health

 

Lori L. Martin

Lori L. Martin

Professor of Sociology
Professor of African and African American Studies
PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York
Office: 106B Stubbs Hall
             239 Stubbs Hall
Email: lorim@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-5814
              (225) 578-1785
Specializations: Race & ethnicity; wealth inequality; asset poverty; sociology of sport

Heather O'Connell

Heather A. O’Connell

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office: 20 Stubbs Hall
Email: hoconnell@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-4032
Specializations: Race & ethnicity; social stratification; spatial demography

 

Robert O'Neil

Robert P. O’Neil

Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 13 Stubbs Hall
Email: roneil@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1997
Specializations: Social Interaction; theory; sex & gender

Heather Rackin

Heather M. Rackin

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, Duke University
Office: 125 Stubbs Hall
Email: hrackin@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-5123
Specializations: Family formation & fertility; social inequality; social demography

 

Mark Schafer

Mark J. Schafer

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
PhD, Indiana University
Office: 110A Stubbs Hall
            215 Martin Woodin Hall
Email: mschaf1@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-5032
             (225) 578-5357
Specializations: Sociology of education; comparative & global sociology; social inequality; rural sociology

Ed Shihadeh

Edward S. Shihadeh

Professor of Sociology
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Office: 107 Stubbs Hall
Email: edsoc@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1635
Specializations: Criminology; urban sociology; race, ethnicity & immigration

 

Wesley Shrum

Wesley M. Shrum, Jr.

Professor of Sociology
PhD, Princeton University
Office: 105B Stubbs Hall
Email: shrum@lsu.edu

Specializations: Technology (e.g., video, internet, mobile communication); Africa/Asia

Tim Slack

Tim Slack

Professor of Sociology
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Office: 104A Stubbs Hall
Email: slack@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1116
Specializations: Social stratification & poverty; community & environment; social demography

 

Ginger Stevenson

Ginger Stevenson

Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 119 Stubbs Hall
Email: gsteven@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-5347
Specializations: Criminology; interpersonal violence; deviance

Samuel Stroope

Samuel Stroope

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Baylor University
Office: 105A Stubbs Hall
Email: sstroope@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-0188
Specializations: Sociology of health & illness; sociology of religion

 

Danielle J. Thomas

Danielle J. Thomas

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 10 Stubbs Hall
Email: dthom68@lsu.edu

Specializations: Race & ethnicity, community development, sports

Jose Torres

Jose Torres

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, Virginia Tech
Office: 117 Stubbs Hall
Email: jtorres@lsu.edu
Phone: (757) 581-3375
Specializations: Criminology; social control; race & ethnicity; policing

 

Matthew Valasik

Matthew Valasik

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of California, Irvine
Office: 17B Stubbs Hall
Email: mvalasik@lsu.edu

Specializations: Criminology; gangs; policing; white power movement;
spatial analysis; social networks

Mark Walker

Mark H. Walker

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Iowa
Office: 18 Stubbs Hall
Email: mwalk67@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1114
Specializations: Social psychology; social networks; self & identity; mental health

Fredrick Weil

Frederick Weil

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Harvard University
Office: 17C Stubbs Hall
Email: fweil@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-1140
Specializations: Political sociology; comparative-historical; community & urban; disasters; poverty & grassroots mentoring; survey research; photo/video ethnography; geospatial analysis