Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Fitzgerald House, Room 211
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
Fitzgerald House, Room 223
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3166

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Fitzgerald House, Room 211
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
Fitzgerald House, Room 223
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3166

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Faculty Publications and Honors

Our department is proud to recognize professional accomplishments and honor excellence among its faculty. The department recognizes our faculty publications and outstanding faculty achievements in teaching, scholarship, service and mentoring with four annual awards. 

Faculty Publications

Downey, Douglas B. & Dennis J. Condron. (2016). " Fifty Years Since The Coleman Report: Rethinking the Relationship between Schools and Inequality." Sociology of Education, 89(3):207–20.

Carroll, Jon W. (2016). “Assessing Nonlinear Behaviors in an Agent Based Model.”  In Brouwer-Burg, M., H. Peeters and W. Lovis (Eds.)  Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis in Archaeological Computational ModelingNew York: Springer.

Becker, J. H. (2016), "The Dynamics of Neighborhood Structural Conditions: The Effects of Concentrated Disadvantage on Homicide over Time and Space." City & Community, 15: 64–82

Tonsing, KN; Tse, S; & Tonsing, JC (2016). "Acculturation, perceived discrimination, and psychological distress: Experiences of South Asians in Hong Kong." Transcultural Psychiatry, 53(1), 124-144.

Vungkhanching, M. & Tonsing, KN. (2016). "Social workers’ perceived role clarity as members of an interdisciplinary team in brain injury settings." Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1080/1536710X.2016.1220887.

Vungkhanching, M; Tonsing, JC, & Tonsing, KN. (2016). "Psychological distress, coping and perceived social support in social work students." British Journal of Social Work, doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw145.

Benz, Terresa. (2015).  "Urban Mascots and Poverty Fetishism: Authenticity in the Postindustrial City." Sociological Perspectives, 1-19.

Burgess-Proctor, Amanda. (2015).  "Methodological and ethical issues in feminist interviews with abused women: Reflections on participants' vulnerability and empowerment." Women's Studies International Forum, 48(1), pp. 124-134.

Downey, Douglas B.,  Condron, Dennis J. and Deniz Yucel.  (2015).  “Number of Siblings and Social Skills Revisited among American Fifth Graders.”   Journal of Family Issues 36(2): 273-96.

Comartin, E., Pimlott-Kubiak, S., Ray, B., Tillander, E. & Hanna, J. (2015). "Short and long-term outcomes of mental health court participants by psychiatric diagnosis."   Psychiatric Services.

Nelson, D.A. , Agarwal SC, Darga LL. (2015). "Bone Health from an Evolutionary Perspective: Development in Early Human Populations." In: Holick MF and Nieves JW, eds.  Nutrition and Bone Health, 2nd Edition. New York: Springer.

Gooren, Henri. (2015). "The Growth and Development of Non-Catholic Churches in Chile." Review of Religious Research 57 (2): 191-218.

Johnson, Wendi L., Peggy C.,Giordano, Wendy D,Manning, Monica A,Longmore. (2015). "The Age-IPVCurve: Patterns of the Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence across Adolescence and Young Adulthood.Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(3), 708-726.

Giordano, Peggy C., Wendi L. Johnson, Wendy D. Manning and Monica A. Longmore. 2015. "Intimate Partner Violence in Young Adulthood: Narratives of Persistence and Desistance.'" Criminology, 53(3), 330-365.

Lyons, Heidi A., Wendy D. Manning, Monica A. Longmore, and Peggy C. Giordano. 2015. “Gender and Casual Sexual Activity from Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood: Social and Life Course Correlates.” Journal of Sex Research 52 (5): 543-557. Refereed.

May, Matthew. 2015. “Simulating Secularization: A Pedagogical Strategy for the Sociology of Religion.” Teaching Sociology 43(1): 46-52.

Renzulli, Linda A., Ashley Barr, and Maria Paino. 2015. “Innovating Education? A Test of Specialist Mimicry or Generalist Assimilation in Trends in Charter School Specialization Over Time.” Sociology of Education. 88(1):83-102. (refereed).

Reger, Jo, 2015. “The Story of a Slut Walk: Sexuality, Race and Generational Divisions in Contemporary Feminist Activism,” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 44.1: 84-112, online publication, May, 2014

Orbuch, Terri L. (in press). Interpersonal Relationships. In G. Ritzer (Eds), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Peterson, L., Orbuch, Terri L., & Brown, E. (in press). Perceived Admiration and Transition to Parenthood for Black and White Married Couples. Journal of Family Social Work, 17: 301-323.

Cassano, Graham. (2014). A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948. New York, NY: Brill. 

Cassano, Graham
. (2014). Working class self-fashioning in Swing Time (1936)Critical Sociology, 40(3), 329-347.

Henri Gooren
. (2014).  "Anthropology of Religious Conversion." In Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, 84-116. New York: Oxford University Press.

Seth Bryant, Henri Gooren, Rick Phillips, and David Stewart Jr. (2014).  "Conversion and Retention in Mormonism."  In Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian, eds.,  The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, 756-785. New York: Oxford University Press.

Comartin, E., Kernsmith, P., Kernsmith, R. (2014).  Identifying appropriate sanctions for youth sexual behavior: The impact of age,gender and sexual orientation. New Criminal Law Review: Special Edition on Developmental Science and Criminal Law, 17(3).

Ray, B., Pimlott-Kubiak, S.,  Comartin, E. & Tillander, E.
(In press).  Mental health court outcomes by offense type at admissionAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M
. (2014). European Gardens of Love: Feminist Perspectives. In Will Meyer (Ed).  Engendering Landscape and Landscaping Gender (in press) Buffalo: University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M
. (2014). Sexuality: Classical World. In Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin (Eds), The International Encyclopedia  of  Human Sexuality (in press, peer reviewed) Malden,  Oxford: John Wiley and Sons.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M
2014).   The Archaeology of Childhood. In Heather Montgomery (Ed.),  Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies (in press) .

Dennis M. Savard
and Daniel B. Kennedy. (2014). "Crime and security liability concerns at shopping Centers." In Kevin Walby and Randy Lippert (Eds.)  Corporate Security in the 21st Century: Theory and Practice in International Perspective ( pps. 254-275). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lyons, H. A., Manning, W. D., Longmore, M. A., & Giordano, P. C.
(2014).  Young adult casual sexual behavior: Life-course-specific motivations and consequencesSociological Perspectives, 57(1), 79-101.

Lyons, H. A., &  Smith, Scott J.(2014).  Religiosity and the transition to nonmarital paritySexuality Research and Social Policy, 11(2), 163-175.

Reger, Jo. (in press)   The Story of a Slut Walk: Sexuality, Race, and Generational Divisions in Contemporary Feminist Activism,  Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

Waites, C.C, Kaiser, A., & Martin, F. (2014). Health Promotion for African American Elders: Church is a Likely Place. In H.F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, G.M. Simpson & N. Giunta (Eds.), The Collective Spirit of Aging Across Cultures (pp.191-206). New York, NY: Springer. 

Reger, Jo. 
(2014). Debating contemporary US feminismSociology Compass, 8(1), 43-51.

Kennedy, Daniel B. 
(2014). Evolving practice parameters of forensic criminology. In S.J. Morewitz and M.L. Goldstein (eds.), Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology (pp. 1-20). New York: Springer. 

Burgess-Proctor, Amanda
Graham CassanoDennis J. CondronHeidi A. Lyons, and George Sanders. (2014). A collective effort to improve sociology students' writing skillsTeaching Sociology, 42(2), 130-139.

Burgess-Proctor, Amanda
 and Christopher G. Urban. (2014). "State variations on definition of sexual assault." In Tara Richards and Catherine Marcum (Eds.), Sexual Violence: Then and Now (pp. 1-13). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Roberts, Aki, John M. Roberts, and Raymond V. Liedka. (2012).  Elements of terrorism preparedness in local police agencies, 2003-2007.  Crime & Delinquency, 58(5), 720-747.

Orbuch, Terri L. (2013). Secrets From The Love Doctor. National Public Television Program. Program Host.

Henri Gooren. (2013). "The Growth and Development of Non-Catholic Churches in Paraguay," in Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory, eds.,  Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism, 83-98.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Henri Gooren. (2013).  Comparing Mormon and Adventist Growth Patterns in Latin America: The Chilean CaseDialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 46(3): 45-77.

Messina, J., U. Adhikari,  J. Carroll, R. Chikowo, M. DeVisser, L. Dodge, P. Fan, S. Langley, S. Lin, N. Me-nsope, N. Moore, S. Murray, S. Nawyn, A. Nejadhashemi, J. Olson, A. Smith and S. Snapp. (2013).  Population Growth, Climate Change and Pressure on the Land. Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Reviewed Whitepaper Series.

Cauley, J.A. and Dorothy Nelson. (2013). Race, Ethnicity and Osteoporosis. In: Marcus R, Feldman D, Dempster DW, Luckey M, Cauley JA.  Osteoporosis, 4th Edition, 605-618; Academic Press, Inc.  

Daniel B. Kennedy. (2013).  Applications of forensic sociology and criminology to civil litigationJournal of Applied Social Science, 7(2):233-247. 

Dennis M. Savard and Daniel B. Kennedy. (2013).  Responding to intimate partner violence in the workplaceSecurity Journal, 26: 249-263.

Orbuch, Terri L., Brown, E., Baumeister, J., & McKinley, B. (2013).  Early Family Ties and Marital Stability Over 16 Years: The Context of Race and Gender.  Family Relations, 62:2, 265-568.

Edna Brown,  Terri L. Orbuch, José A. Bauermeister, Brandyn-Dior McKinley. (2013).  Marital Well-Being Over Time Among Black and White Americans: The First Seven YearsJournal of African American Studies, 17(3): 290-307.

Connally, Dalton, Rose Wedemeyer, and Scott J. Smith. (2013). " Cultural practice considerations: The coming out process for Mexican Americans along the rural U.S.-Mexico border".  Contemporary Rural Social Work, 5: 42-60.

Heidi Lyons, Wendy D. Manning, Peggy C. Giordano, and Monica A. Longmore. (2013). “ Predictors of Heterosexual Casual Sex among Young Adults.”  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42: 585-593.

Marsiglia, Flavio F., Bertram L. Jacobs, Tanya Nieri, Scott J. Smith, Damien Salamone, and Jaime Booth. (2013).  "Effects of an undergraduate HIV/AIDS course on students' HIV risks."   Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 12(2): 172-189. 

Reger, Jo. (2013) .  "Micro Cohorts, Feminist Generations and the Making of the Toronto Slutwalk,"  Feminist Formations, in press.

Conti, Norman, Linda Morrison, and Katherine Pantaleo. (2013). " All the wiser: Dialogic space, destigmatization, and teacher-activist recruitment."  The Prison Journal, 93:166-188.

Burgess-Proctor, Amanda. (2013). "Feminist criminological theory."  In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (Eds.),  Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice (pp. 1603-1612). New York, NY: Springer.

Condron, Dennis J.
  (2013).  “ Affluence, Inequality, and Educational Achievement: A Structural Analysis of 97 Jurisdictions Across the Globe.”   Sociological Spectrum 33:73–97.

Condron, Dennis J., Daniel Tope, Christina R. Steidl, and Kendralin J. Freeman. (2013).  “ Racial Segregation and the Black/White Achievement Gap, 1992-2009.”   The Sociological Quarterly 54:130–57.

Comartin, Erin, Roger Kernsmith, & Poco Kernsmith. (2013). " Sexting" & sex offender registration: Does age and gender of the offender or sexual orientation of the relationship matter?  Deviant Behavior, 34(1), 38-52.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. 2013.   Nonlinear Systems Theory, Feminist Theory, and Post-Processual ArchaeologyJournal of Archaeology. Vol. 1:  : article ID 540912, 15 pages.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M ., Editor. (2013).   Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public  New York: Springer. 

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. and Stacey Camp. (2013). Introduction to Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public. In S.M. Spencer-Wood (Ed.),  Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public. (Pp.1-22). New York: Springer. 

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (2013). Western Gender Transformations from the Eighteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century:  Combining the Domestic and Public Spheres. In S.M. Spencer-Wood (Ed.),  Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public ( Pp. 173-214). New York: Springer. 

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (2013). Commentary: How Feminist Theories Increase Our Understanding of Processes of Gender Transformation. In S.M. Spencer-Wood (Ed.)  Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Gender Transformations: From Private to Public. (Pp. 391-425). New York: Springer.
Connally, Dalton. (2012).  The relationship between clinician sex, ethnicity, sexual identity, and secondary traumatic stressJournal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 16(4), 306-321.

Birditt, K., Brown, E.,  Orbuch, Terri L., Hope, S. (2012).  Developmental Trajectories of Marital Happiness Over 16 YearsResearch in Human Development,  9(2),126-144.

Sanders, George. (2012).  Panem et circenses: Worship and the spectacleCulture and Religion,13(1), 1-­18.

Sanders, George. (2012).  Help for the soul: Pastoral power and the purpose-driven discourseJournal of Cultural Economy, 5(3), 321-335.

Weisz, Arelene N., Beverly M. Black, Jessica L. Lucero,  Angela Kaiser, Isabel Rose, and Dennis Muzzi. (2012).  Batterers' intervention: How group leaders assess the risk levels of participantsJournal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51(6), 4143-443. 

Burgess-Proctor, Amanda. (2012).  Pathways of victimization and resistance: Toward a feminist theory of battered women's help-seekingJustice Quarterly, 29(3), 309-346.

Orbuch, Terri. (2012).  Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.

Reger, Jo. (2012).  Everywhere and Nowhere: U.S. Feminist Communities in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Burgess-Proctor, Amanda. (2012).  Backfire: Lessons learned when the criminal justice system fails help-seeking battered womenJournal of Crime and Justice, 35(1), 68-92.

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (2012). 1600s Consumption, World. In Carl A. Zimring and William L. Rathje (Eds),  Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage. 

Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. (2012). 1700s Consumption, World. In Carl A. Zimring and William L. Rathje (Eds),  Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage. Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage. 
Recent Faculty Honors

Our department is proud to honor excellence among its faculty with these awards.


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  • Teaching Award: Maria Paino
  • Scholarship Award: Matt May
  • Service Award: Amanda Burgess-Proctor
  • Mentoring Award: Jo Reger 


  • Teaching Award: Jon Carroll       
  • Scholarship Award: Kareen Tonsing         
  • Service Award: Heidi Lyons
  • Mentoring Award: Terri Orbuch


  • Teaching Award: Suzanne Spencer-Wood
  • Scholarship Award: Erin Comartin & Maria Paino
  • Service Award: Jacob Becker & Scott Smith
  • Mentoring Award: Dennis Condron


  • Teaching Award: Lori Burrington
  • Scholarship Award: Heidi Lyons
  • Service Award: Amanda Burgess-Proctor
  • Mentoring Award: Suzanne Spencer-Wood


  • Teaching Award: Heidi Lyons
  • Scholarship Award: George Sanders
  • Service Award: Ray Liedka


  • Teaching Award: Graham Cassano
  • Scholarship Award: Dennis Condron & Jo Reger
  • Service Award: George Sanders & Scott Smith


  • Teaching Award Scott Smith