Professor of Sociology and chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology
I received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. I regularly teach courses in youth crime, crime and media and criminal justice research methods. I have a number of research instruments but am particularly interested in media effects upon beliefs about crime and how we feel we should respond to it. Of many interests beyond the workplace I play bass guitar with (much) more enthusiasm than talent!
Assistant Teaching Professor & Internship Coordinator
I began teaching Sociology in 2012 as an adjunct instructor while working full-time in Student Affairs. I believe it is important for students to engage the social world around them. My approach in the classroom includes the use of video and film, podcasts, news articles, and research, while also encouraging students to draw upon their own experience of the social environment. Courses that I teach include:
SO 101: Introduction to Sociology
SO 270: Program Planning and Administration
SO 300: Special Topics – Addressing Inequality
SO/GT/CJ 392 – Internship in the Community
SO/GT/CJ 394 – Advanced Internship in the Communit
These courses incorporate theoretical knowledge and practical skill building.
I earned an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College where I was first captivated by the study of human behavior and the social environment. Seeking to gain practical skills for addressing the psychosocial needs of individuals, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Akron. My first internship took place at the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Summit County (now Family Promise of Summit County), providing services to families experiencing homelessness. I then earned a Master of Social Work from Syracuse University. My graduate education focused on clinical social work including training in Family Systems Theory, Narrative Therapy and short-term therapeutic models. I completed my MSW internship at the Center for Personal Growth and Counseling at LeMoyne College, where I developed wellness programs, sexual assault prevention training, and provided mental health counseling to undergraduates.
As a social worker, the scope of my work has included:
supporting individuals experiencing chronic homelessness and co-occurring disorders;
work with individuals on the sex offender registry;
student conduct administration; and
college student mental health and behavioral intervention.
As the coordinator of the Department’s Internship Program, I seek to support students as they explore professional settings while integrating classroom concepts with field experiences. The theory we learn in the classroom supports our work in practical settings and in turn, our experience in “the field” helps us understand the concepts we learn in the classroom. I found my own internships to be invaluable learning experiences that prepared me as a professional, and I strive to facilitate similar experiences for Quinnipiac students.
Specialities and InterestsProgram DevelopmentSocial Work PracticeBehavioral and Mental HealthSocial Justice IssuesInternshipsDiversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Sociology
Xi Chen has been teaching classes at QU since 2007 and has been an assistant professor since 2011. In addition to teaching courses on social stratification, intro to sociology and social problems, she also regularly works with students on independent research projects. Her students are regular presenters at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings as well as the New England Undergraduate Sociology conferences. Xi Chen is also the faculty advisor for QU’s Asian Student Association, and is co-founder and co-advisor for the QU Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.
Her research has focused primarily on using information gathered by NASA satellites as proxy data for social scientific research. A second area of research has centered on Hui Chinese Muslims. She has been named a 2014 OYC Fellow for her teaching and research in China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Her research has been featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Context, Societies without Borders, Spatial Demography and Journal Economic Geography, to list a few.
The rotation globe was created by Professor Chen for the Yale G-Econ Project. For more information, please click here.
Chen, Xi. “Using Spatial Data as a Proxy for Social Science Statistics.” Pp. 301-324 in Recapturing Space, edited by Frank M. Howell and Jeremy R. Porter. Springer Press.
Chen, Xi. “Chinese Muslims in Canada: A Demographic Profile and Preliminary Test of Ethnic Salience” Asian Ethnicity 16(4):538-548
Chen, Xi and William Nordhaus “A Test of the New VIIRS Lights Data Set: Population and Economic Output in Africa.” Remote Sensing 7(4): 4937-4947.
Chen, Xi. “Explaining Subnational Infant Morality and Poverty Rates: What Can We Learn from Night-time Lights?” Spatial Demography 3(1): 27-53.
Nordhaus, William and Xi Chen. “A Sharper Image? Estimates of the Precision of Nighttime Lights as a Proxy for Economic Statistics.” Journal of Economic Geography 15(1): 217-246.
Chen, Xi. “Making Visible the Invisible: Nighttime Lights Data and the Closing of the Human Rights Information Gap.” Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences 9(3).
Chen, Xi and Keith Kerr. “Allah in China.” Contexts. 13: 162-69.
Chen, Xi and William Nordhaus. “Using Luminosity Data as a Proxy for Economic Statistics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(21): 8589-8594.
Nordhaus, William D. and Xi Chen. “Geography: Graphics and Economics.” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 9: 2.
Zahran, Sammy, Eunyi Kim, Xi Chen and Mark Lubell. “Ecological Modernization and Global Climate Change: A Cross-national Study of Kyoto Protocol Ratification.” Society and Natural Resources 20(1): 37-55.
Specialities and InterestsData AnalysisDemographySocial InequalityChinaGeographically-based Economic Data (G-Econ)
Associate Professor of Anthropology
I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Quinnipiac University (since 2012). As an anthropological archaeologist, I study the dynamics between environment, subsistence, mobility, and mortuary customs to reconstruct landscape use and social organization in prehistoric Europe. Methodologically, I have expertise in testing models about prehistoric human behavior using both bioarchaeological and biogeochemical approaches to excavated archaeological material. Collaborative, international and student-oriented scholarship is an essential part of my work. Every summer I conduct fieldwork in Europe as part of the BAKOTA (Bronze Age Körös Off Tell Archaeology) project. For more information about my current research interests and opportunities to get involved, check out the BAKOTA project website: http://bakota.net Most of my favorite activities involve dirt…so when I am not doing archaeology, you will usually find me in the garden!
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Gonzalez-Sobrino obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. Previously, she received her BA in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, and her MS in Sociology from Mississippi State University. Her areas of interest are race and ethnicity, culture, media, and qualitative methods. Her work examines the racial identity formation processes of Puerto Ricans living in Hartford, Connecticut and how they interact with other racial groups living in the city. Her teaching interests are focuses on race and ethnicity, introduction to Sociology, colonialism, inequality, and enjoys active and experiential learning. Her work has appeared in various academic journals and she is currently working on her book manuscript about the Puerto Rican community in Hartford. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, watching soccer, and binge watching tv shows.
PhD, Sociology, University of Connecticut
MS, Sociology, Mississippi State University
BA, Sociology, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Professor of Anthropology
Hi! I’m Professor Haldane and here is some information about me. I was born in Jackson, California, and lived in Pine Grove, California (with a detour in Stokes Valley, New Zealand) until I left for college in 1991. During my college years I lived in Austin, Texas, Falmer, England, and San Diego, California. Anthropology was my chosen field when I went to college, and I eventually graduated with a BA in anthropology in 1996 (attending so many schools meant it took me a bit longer to graduate but it was worth it!) Luckily, I had traveled often with my family, so studying other cultures was something I was very interested in since a young age.
After I graduated from college my first job was working in the marketing department of an engineering firm (!) but eventually I found work at a non-governmental organization devoted to social justice and the empowerment of women. I continued to travel quite a bit, and then I decided to return to graduate school, first in Dunedin, New Zealand, and then in Santa Barbara, California. I wanted to turn my passion for working with survivors of violence into my PhD research, and feel very fortunate I was able to do this. While I was in graduate school I met my future husband, got married, and had two kids. We were very sad to leave Santa Barbara to move to Fairfield, Connecticut in 2003, which we have made our permanent home ever since, but we’ve continued to live overseas for a few years in New Zealand and Morocco, and it is double the fun to live abroad with kids.
My husband works at Fairfield University, and I was especially lucky to find a job at Quinnipiac, as it is often hard for couples to find academic jobs in the same area. I’ve been at Quinnipiac since 2007 and love my job and colleagues. I teach a range of classes in the field of cultural anthropology, and I conduct research on topics related to violence against women and the culture concept. My favorite places in the world to visit include New Zealand and Morocco. I’ve been able to take students to Morocco three times since joining the faculty at Quinnipiac, and I hope to bring students to New Zealand in 2016 with Professor Ullinger, our biological anthropologist.
I am a proud Professor Emerita of Sociology, having retired from the faculty in May 2015. I started teaching at Quinnipiac in 1980, which means I have more than 35 years of stories about the college and about the department that I am happy to share. I came to QU (as a young woman) with a BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in Sociology from Cornell. I like to say that I’ve grown older and better as Quinnipiac has grown older and better. We’ve grown up together. Over the years, I taught many courses in my areas of specialization (family sociology, aging, demography, and social policy) and even though I am no longer teaching, I still remember all of the students who passed through my classes. In fact, keeping in touch with former students—who are now scattered all over the globe, in a wide array of interesting pursuits–is a most enjoyable part of my retirement. I may be retired from the classroom, but I continue to work on my research, focusing on the family relationships of later life, in particular the grandparent/grandchild bond. I also stay connected to QU by consulting with The Albert Schweitzer Institute on its NGO activities at the United Nations. My focus on students has never changed; whether in the classroom in the past or in the community at present, I am always looking for ways to engage students in the most exciting aspects of our discipline. Sociology is, after all, a most exciting, relevant, and dynamic discipline!
Professor of Sociology
The idea to become a professor came upon me somewhat later in life. Having spent nearly four years loving my job as a hospital planner, it was one my relatives, who came to the hospital before passing away of cancer, who taught me that I wanted something more. In our morning breakfasts together, I learned what it takes to have a happy life. The “recipe,” it turns out is really quite simple: do what you love and love what you do. For me, that is teaching.
I returned to school (after about 10 years in the work force), to my alma mater Yale, as a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology with the goal of becoming a professor. I have never regretted it. While the transition to being a student was daunting, it taught me a lot, not just about the world around me, but also about myself. Learning is about creating questions, and in sociology, the learning can be about almost anything.Pick something you enjoy, something that fascinates you, and you can study it in your sociology class.
Whatever it is that inspires you, you can do it with sociology. And for me, that “something” has been medicine (I researched organ transplantation for my dissertation), education (I studied character education and the art of writing for about 8 years), and now my latest interest, athletics (I’m currently doing research on character development in sports). While I’ve only taught required courses in the Department, I always structure them in a way that allows you to do what I did: pick something that inspires you and begin to understand it, and in doing so, understand yourself.
What’s your passion? Come explore it in my class.
Specialities and InterestsMorality and SportMindfulness and Impact on LearningSocial Justice IssuesSocial StratificationPovertyFood InsecurityHomelessness
Professor of Sociology
Keith Kerr is an associate professor of sociology. His teaching interests center around social and cultural theory- teaching courses on social theory, sociology of the everyday, American culture and character, as well as intro to sociology. He has supervised many independent studies with students, and actively helps them travel to various conferences to present their work and find publication outlets.
His two primary areas of research interest are in theory and Chinese culture. His has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in these areas. He is the author of Postmodern Cowboy: C. Wright Mills and a New 21st Century Sociology (Routledge 2009), and was lead editor on the book David Riesman’s Unpublished Writings and his Continuing Legacy (Ashgate Press 2015). He held the position of Affiliated Professor of Sociology with Ningxia University, Department of Law and Politics (ethnology division) from 2012-2015, and is a former recipient of the OYCF-Gregory C. and Paula Chow Fellowship, for his teaching and research activities within the Ningxia Hui Autonomous region of China.
Specialities and InterestsSociological and Cultural TheoryAmerican CultureChinese Cultures
I began teaching in 1987 at Queens College in NYC and came to Quinnipiac in 1993 with specializations in medical sociology and research methods. I currently teach courses in The Sociology of Illness and Disability, The Sociology of Mental Illness, and The Sociology of Death, Grief, and Bereavement. In the classroom, I use short film clips to illustrate sociological concepts. Outside of the classroom we go on field trips to Hospice, funeral homes, and cemeteries because my students tell me they benefit from the experience. My scholarly interests are in the areas of grief, disability, deaf culture, architecture, and the pedagogical use of film. In 2013 – 2014 I was a member of the first College of Arts and Sciences FIG (Faculty Interest Group) where I studied the enhancement of metacognition skills in students. In 2014 I visited Ireland to trace my grandfather’s path before he emigrated to the U.S. in 1900 and hope to return very soon.
A recent publication, co-authored with Prof. Lauren Sardi: “Consent? Reject? Delay? Parents’ Internet Discussions of the HPV Vaccine for Children and Implications for HPV Vaccine Uptake.”
My most recent publication, co-authored with Prof. Lauren Sardi, is called: “Parental Decision Making in Male Circumcision” and is forthcoming in MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. Check it out here.
Specialities and InterestsMedical Sociology, Sociology of Disability, Death, Dying and Grief
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Program Director
We construct meaning in our lives. Meaning is not given. But we do not live, all of us, the same life. We are not all provided equal access to the benefits of this country. We see different educations, different neighborhoods. But we also live as different people with different families and different languages. We may live similar lives but we do not live the same life. Individual and collective realities shape our lives. But the telling of our lives is only really done by us.
I received my BA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2002. I worked at the Sue Duncan Children’s center on the South Side during my time in Hyde Park. Sue’s son, Arne, is the U.S. Secretary of Education. Sue ran the children’s center for her entire life. She is the most dedicated and kind woman I have ever met. But context generates complexity. I tutored nine and ten year old children who had never seen Lake Michigan – about ten blocks from the center. I could barely fathom that reality not to mention all else that must have been, has been, and is denied to those children. Many of them have since run into conflict with the justice system.
After college, I moved to San Francisco and worked with homeless youth. Most of the youth were running from some place, running to some place. Physical abuse, neglect, drug addiction, prostitution. Eighteen, nineteen years old. People are making decisions – but choice is contextual. It is not possible to make a choice outside of context. Severe unhappiness, chronic mental illness, unbearable relationships.
In 2004, I returned to school for my Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University. During my time at Columbia and after graduation, I worked on Rikers Island in New York City. Rikers Island is New York City’s jail. There are those we are afraid of in jail and there are those we are mad at in jail. Those we are mad at should not be in jail. Case by case, we may rationalize our justice system, rationalize our own fear. But collectively, our urban jails target poor black boys and men. I do not believe we can ignore this aggregation of past and future disadvantage. Impossible context.
Rikers Island is an unhealthy place to live, to work, to be. Years on the island generate unfortunate insensitivity and chronic health complications. I left when I began to feel the weight of the island compromise my compassion. But I did not abandon what I had witnessed. I believe that we carry all of our experiences with us; they shape us and inform us; allow us to challenge ourselves and our neighbors. We do not shed the environments we have seen; we do not shed the individuals we have known. But it is always their story to tell. It is always their life that is lived.
In 2013, I received my PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. I am primarily interested in imprisonment practices and in prisoner re-entry. Prisons must be safe and humane institutions for prison workers and for prisoners. Re-entry must work for those who re-enter. Choices are made and actors should be held accountable to those choices. But context – structural disadvantage – situates those choices. I am very interested in student involvement in this re-entry work. Please come see me if you’d like to know more.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Alex Parkhouse is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University. He is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching interests focus on unveiling social processes that shape experiences of, and outcomes to health, especially among marginalized groups. In a peer-reviewed study published in the March 2019 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior, he conducted qualitative interviews with people living with psoriasis from across the U.S. and one U.S. territory, to examine daily lived experiences of stigma as a source of stress. Study results highlight the ways anticipated and experienced stigma contribute to burdensome feelings of being different and how stigma-stress proliferates, affecting daily functioning of people living with psoriasis and their family, professional, and intimate networks. Dr. Parkhouse is especially passionate about his time in the classroom. He regularly teaches courses within and across the medicine and health concentration in the department. Off-campus, he enjoys staying active and exploring the New England coastline with his golden retriever.
Ph.D. Sociology, University of New Hampshire
M.A. Sociology, University of North Dakota
B.A. Sociology, University of North Dakota
Parkhouse, Alex R. 2019. “Experiences of Stigma-Stress among People Living with Psoriasis in the United States.” American Journal of Health Behavior 43(2):243-257.
Specialities and InterestsMedical SociologyStigma & Chronic IllnessStress & Mental HealthHealth Literacy
Rachel Ranis is a graduate of Brandeis and Yale University with degrees in sociology. She taught at the University of Bridgeport, University of Maryland, Howard University, and Quinnipiac University. She has done research in Pakistan, Mexico, Columbia, UK and Germany.
“Having grown up in a ‘factory town’ that lost its factories and seeing the economic and social effect this had on the community and peoples’ personal lives triggered my interest in learning more, so I majored in sociology at Brandeis and Yale Universities. Using my graduate degree, I taught at Bridgeport University, University of Maryland and Howard University as well as Quinnipiac University. I have lived, studied, taught and researched in Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia, China, Japan, Germany and England . My research interests have mainly been concerned with social welfare, aging, and vocational education with emphasis on economic and political issues. I currently volunteer in the New Haven public school system and a local food kitchen.”
Associate Professor of Sociology, Gender and Women's Studies Program Director
I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Stonehill College in 2004 and have a certificate in Women’s Studies, an M.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. I have been at Quinnipiac since 2007, and I love teaching courses ranging from Introduction to Sociology to a course on Masculinities. I also regularly teach SO 101: Introduction to Sociology, SO 260: Social Control and Deviance, CJ/SO 333: Drugs, Alcohol, and Society, and SO 241: The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. My research interests are in gender/sexualities and feminist theory, issues of embodiment (including body modification, body image, and “deviant” bodies), methodologies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Read one of my articles about male circumcision here, check out my blog post on the male neonatal circumcision debate here, or read my op-ed comparing male and female genital cutting in the New Haven Register here!
A recent publication, co-authored with Prof. Kathy Livingston, is called: “Consent? Reject? Delay? Parents’ Internet Discussions of the HPV Vaccine for Children and Implications for HPV Vaccine Uptake,” which was published in Research in the Sociology of Health Care. Another publication, co-authored with Prof. Kathy Livingston, is called: “Parental Decision Making in Male Circumcision” and is available in MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. Check it out here.
Two chapters on Circumcision and Intactivism have also been featured in the Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis.
Two new entries on Male Circumcision and Female Genital Cutting are now available in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies.
My most recent publication, co-authored with Dr. Amanda Kennedy, is called: “The Male Anti-Circumcision Movement: Ideology, Privilege, and Equity in Social Media,” and was just published in Societies Without Borders. Read more about it here.
Prof. Sardi (back center) running a recent faculty training workshop for QU Writing Across the Curriculum (QUWAC).
Specialities and InterestsGenderSexualityMasculinitiesEmbodimentHuman RightsGenital CuttingFeminist Theory and MethodologyPedagogy
Associate VP for Academic Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Professor of Sociology
I was born and raised in NYC. I grew up in Harlem in the Abraham Lincoln Housing Projects. Growing up in the projects had its ups and downs, but if I had a chance to start all over, I wouldn’t change a thing! I credit all of my success to my Creator, supportive parents, family, friends, and community outreach programs. I stay in contact with my Harlem support group and I credit them with a great deal of my success. If it wasn’t for the support of my Harlem community, I would not be where I am today. I believe it is my responsibility to use my scholarship and social position to serve my surrounding community. The following question helped to change my outlook on life: “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University. I regularly teach Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Education, and Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture. I hope to introduce additional exciting sociology courses in the very near future. I have research interests in urban education, visual sociology, youth culture, hip-hop culture, qualitative methods, and youth critical media literacy. I believe in the practice of public sociology and plan to ensure that most of my research projects are in partnership with local communities.
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Professor of Sociology & Gerontology Program Director
I am a critical family sociologist who is interested in how individuals create professional and personal lives. In particular, I study how certain occupations (such as long-haul truckers and professors) and the characteristics of those occupations, how gender and class, and how ideologies about family life shape individuals’ lived experiences at work and at home. Not only do I love studying people’s work and family lives, but I also love teaching about families, gender, and sociology in general. My goals as a teacher are to help students learn to think critically about the society in which they live, how their lives are shaped by social factors, and how to effectively communicate their ideas to others. Sociology gives us the tools to see the interconnectedness of and the patterns in all our seemingly random lives. This is why I love being a sociologist and, in particular, a sociology professor at QU.
Specialities and InterestsSociology of FamiliesSociology of GenderSociology of Work: Constructing Work and Personal Lives
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences
I am currently Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.
B.A. 1982 Carleton College (Sociology/Anthropology); M.A. Anthropological Sciences, 1989, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Ph.D. 1993 (Anthropological Sciences) State University of New York at Stony Brook. Postdoc 1993-1995, Duke University (Biological Anthropology and Anatomy); Masters of Public Administration, 2010, Univ of Connecticut.
CAS Capstone: Frankenstein 2018; Bones, Genes and Everything in Between (Intro to Biological Anthropology); Human Evolution; Forensic Anthropology; Primate Anatomy; Primate Behavior; Phylogenetic Reconstruction; Introduction to Excel
I am interested in the methods anthropologists use to determine how species and other taxonomic groups are related to each other. My research has focused on the morphological differences among species of Pleistocene humans – Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens and others with the goal of thinking about where modern people come from. I am interested in the idea of migration of Plio-Pleistocene peoples and what happens when different groups of early humans came into contact. I am also interested in the search for new fossils and have excavated in the American West, Israel and Botswana.
Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice Program
I do research on policies addressing violence against women, both locally and internationally.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
I am an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and a practicing urban ethnographer.
BA in African/African American Studies and Criminal Justice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Jersey),
MA in Applied Anthropology at Georgia State University, (Georgia),
Ph.D., in Anthropology from American University (Washington, DC),
Postdoctorate, Sociology/Urban Ethnography Project at Yale University (Connecticut).
CJ 241 – Police and Policing
CJ 290 – Criminal Justice Research Methods
Research and Teaching Interest:
My teaching and research focus concerns the intersections of race, urban place, policing, and inequality. In my commitment to understanding and improving the associated social problems within this intersection, I utilized an epistemological approach grounded in ethnography. Moreover, to inform this life long, and at times, I pursued an informal participant observation project at the municipal, county and state level in policing and I did so as a Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training (GaPOST) certified law enforcement officer. Currently, I am using ethnographically to explore the everyday encounters between New Haven Police Officers and urban African American and Latinx males in public and urban settings. Equally important, I utilize the invaluable professional experience of being a police officer and current research in policing to shape a robust pedagogical approach(s) to teaching American criminal justice, policing, racial inequality, and public safety in urban communities.
My previous dissertation research and writing examined the lived experiences of African American public housing residents, a stigmatized urban population caught in the throes of an urban renewal projects that demonstrates the continued perpetuation of structural violence against their marginal citizenship as well as the increased racial criminalization of poverty.
Associate Professor of Anthropology & Anthropology Program Director
I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Bioanthropology Research Institute at Quinnipiac University. I am an anthropologist who specializes in bioarchaeology.
B.A. 1999 University of Notre Dame (Anthropology and History); M.A. 2002 Arizona State University (Anthropology); Ph.D. 2010 Ohio State University (Anthropology)
AN 104 & AN 104L – Bones, Genes, and Everything in Between: Introduction to Biological Anthropology; AN 250 – Forensic Anthropology; AN 252 – The Science of Human Diversity; AN 300 – Tales from the Crypt: Research Methods in Bioarchaeology; AN 300 – Life After Death in London; SO/GT 382 – Studying Social Issues with Statistics
As a bioarchaeologist, I ask questions about health, genetic relatedness, and mortuary practices in past populations. I focus on: (1) the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Middle East and (2) the Bronze Age in eastern Europe, but have also worked in Egypt, the American Southwest, and historic London. One of the major projects I have been examining is the way in which humans responded to urbanization in the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3500-2000 BC), which included building large, walled towns and irrigated agricultural fields and orchards. I do this by looking for clues in human skeletons – such as cavities in the teeth or arthritis in joints. Recently, I have traveled with QU students to the United Arab Emirates where we started research on two Early Bronze Age tombs with a colleague from the University of South Alabama. I have also traveled with QU students to London where we are examining sex differences in hand and foot bones among high status individuals buried in the crypt under St. Bride’s Church.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Grace Yukich is a sociologist whose teaching and research focus on changes in American culture, including religion, politics, work, and other themes. Her first book, One Family Under God (2013), is a study of how immigration is changing the relationship between religion and politics in the United States. Her newest project, “Courage in Uncertain Times,” is exploring how Americans define courage during uncertain times, and the sources of their courage. She has taught at Quinnipiac since 2011.