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Sociology and Anthropology Department Site Contributing Students

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Jo Padgett Herz 

Gradaute Assistant

BA/MA Sociology Research Assistant. UN Advocacy Project Coordinator at the Institute for Global Homelessness. Thesis: About Us Without Us: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Homelessness at the United Nations.


Arielle C. Sanders 

Undergraduate Student

BA Anthropology student with a double minor in Spanish and Social Justice Theory, Ozanam Scholar.


Zahura Fairley

Undergraduate Student

Currently a junior majoring in English. 


Meischa E. Sineno 

Graduate Assistant

MA Sociology student currently conducting a comparative analysis about housing and education in Long Island, NY.


Isabella M. Cremeno

Undergraduate Student

Currently a freshman in anthropology with plans to continue on to a doctorate with a focus on cultural anthropology. 


Morgan A. Lee

Undergraduate Student

Currently an anthropology major who chose St. John's for its location and diversity. 

Sociology and Anthropology Department Faculty

Natalie P. Byfield


Dr. Byfield's overall research focuses on the role of language in society and how the powerful and those with less influence use language to shape their world.  Her research explores media in society, cultural studies, social theory, and the co-determined nature of race, gender, and class formations.


For more information visit her personal website here

Judith DeSena


Dr. DeSena does research on urban neighborhoods, and specializes in the areas of community, gender, urban sociology, and research methods.

Anne M. Galvin

Associate Professor

Dr. Galvin teaches and does research in anthropology of globalization, colonialism; popular culture studies; anthropology of the state; citizenship; political economy; the Caribbean; the African Diaspora; the United States; history of anthropology, theory and methods.

Alana L. Glaser

Assistant Professor

Dr. Glaser is an applied/activist medical anthropologist, with research foci in nursing and care sector work, migration, gender, race, aging, labor process, and political economy. 

Michael Indergaard


Dr. Indergaard's research focuses on the social impact of globalization, new technology and economic restructuring on cities and regions as well as political and policy responses.

Paula Lazrus

Associate Professor

Dr. Lazrus' research interests range from the protection and conservation of antiquities to changing land-use patterns in Italy, where she has worked professionally for the last thirty years, and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software as a tool for better visualizing and understanding the past. 

Anthony Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Rodriguez's areas of specialization include race, class, gender and sexuality, decolonial theory, antiracist social justice, 19th- and 20th-century American culture and politics, and comparative Ethnic Studies. 

Joseph Trumino

Associate Professor

Dr. Trumino specializes in the sociology of sport and social theory.  In addition, he teaches deviant behavior, inequality, urban sociology, the sociology of community, the sociology of neighborhoods, and the sociology of violence and war.

Roberta Villalón

Professor, Chairperson

Dr. Villalon's background in political science and international relations, together with her expertise in Latin America and Latin American immigrants and feminism, has shaped her transnational sociological perspective distinctively. 


For more information visit her personal website here

Yue (Angela) Zhuo

Associate Professor, Graduate Director for Criminology & Justice 

As an international criminologist and sociologist, Dr. Zhuo conducts research within the global arena specializing in crime and law, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and family dynamics.

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