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Sociology and Anthropology


akbar keshodkar

Akbar Keshodkar | Associate Professor of Anthropology and Department Chair

M.Sc & D.Phil, Anthropology, Oxford University
M.A, Islamic Studies and Humanities, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
B.A., Biology and Islamic Studies, Oberlin College

Office location: PPHAC 311
Office phone: 610-861-1685

Research interests and expertise
Dr. Keshodkar is a cultural anthropologist. One of his research interests lies in investigating how people in communities dominated by tourism in different parts of the world strive towards maintaining their resilience as they cope with imposing conditions of involuntary immobility resulting from unsustainable tourist activities. Another area of his research examines the impact of transnational socio-economic networks on pathways of mobility and formulations of identities in Muslim communities in East Africa and western Indian Ocean societies.

Dr. Keshodkar is currently working on two projects—one focused on exploring trans-national social/cosmopolitan networks across the Indian Ocean, and the other analyzing the relationship between tourism, development and cultural change in Muslim societies. He teaches courses in Modern African History and Society, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Sociology and Indian Ocean Studies. Topics of his courses include identity politics, movement of identities, tourism and development, trans-nationalism, comparative sociology, globalization and anthropological research methods.

Allison Bloom

Allison Bloom | Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D., Anthropology, Rutgers University
M.A., Anthropology, Rutgers University
B.A., Women's Studies and Hispanic Studies, Vassar College

Office location: PPHAC 312
Office phone: 610-625-7729

Research interests and expertise
Dr. Bloom’s research interests and areas of expertise include gender studies, medical anthropology, U.S. immigration and Latinx studies, applied anthropology, and inequalities in health and social services, with a focus on domestic violence, aging, and disability.

Teaching: Dr. Bloom’s course offerings include Cultural Anthropology, Health in Cultural Perspectives, and Sociology/Anthropology of Gender, among others. Her courses focus on themes such as gender-based violence, inequalities in healthcare and social service systems, cross-cultural perspectives on the body and health, globalization, and migration.

Current Research: Dr. Bloom’s research interests include the intersection of gender-based violence with health, disability, aging, and immigration. Her current project focuses on understanding how immigrant Latina women receiving services for domestic violence in the U.S. combine evangelical Christianity with social and health services to move forward through violence. Through this study, she is investigating domestic violence from a life-course perspective by considering the long-term effects of violence and how social services can better accommodate aging survivors and survivors with disabilities. Dr. Bloom is an active member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the American Anthropological Association. She regularly presents her work at academic conferences as well as collaborates on research with social work researchers and social service and health practitioners. Her previous research project centered around domestic violence services in Uruguay.

Daniel Jasper


Daniel Jasper | Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., Sociology, New School for Social Research
M.A., Sociology (with Highest Honors), New School for Social Research
B.A., Sociology (cum laude), Macalester College  

Office location: Hamilton Hall, 2nd Floor
Office phone: 610-625-7882

Research interests and expertise
Dr. Jasper is a cultural sociologist who focuses on religious and political identity in western India.  His work investigates how the past is remembered and celebrated as a means to articulate meaningful identities in the present.

Areas of Interest:  Cultural sociology, Sociology of Religion (especially the relationship between religion and politics), Social Theory (Classical and Contemporary, especially Critical Theory), Peace and Justice, South Asia.  Dr. Jasper’s primary research focuses upon the intersection of state, society, and religion, with an emphasis on the interplay between religious, regional, and political identity in western India.  He also has a research interest on memoir, particularly as it relates to Peace and Justice.  He serves as the co-director of the Peace and Justice Studies program at Moravian.


Debra Wetcher-Hendricks | Professor of Sociology

Debra Wetcher-Hendricks

Ph.D., Applied Social Research, Lehigh University
M.A., Social Relations, Lehigh University
B.A., Communications, Glassboro State College

Office location: PPHAC 314
Office phone: 610-861-1415

Research interests and expertise
Wetcher-Hendricks' primary academic endeavors relate to research methodology, particularly quantitative data analysis. Other areas of interest, based upon her own academic background, include gender studies, interpersonal communication, and classroom pedagogy.

Dr. Wetcher-Hendricks received her B.A. from Glassboro State College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Lehigh University. Her main areas of interest are social research, statistical methods, interpersonal and mass communication, and gender relations. Courses that Dr. Wetcher-Hendricks regularly teaches include Basic Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, Sociology of Gender, and Media Technology and Society. Her areas of interest are:  social research and statistical methods, including mathematical modeling, interpersonal and mass communication. She has written a textbook entitled Analyzing Quantitative Data: An Introduction for Social Researchers. She has been listed in various editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among American Women, and Who’s Who in the World since 2008.


Virginia O'Connelll


Virginia Adams O'Connell | Associate Professor of Sociology

M.A. & Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Haverford College

Office location: PPHAC 315
Office phone: 610-625-7756

Research interests and expertise
Medical sociology (with a concentration on the profession of medicine, medical education, and bioethics), Research Methods (focusing on the dialogue between quantitative and qualitative methodologies), Survey Development, Research Ethics, the Sociology of Law, and Demography.

Dr. Adams O’Connell has served on the American Sociological Association (ASA) Ethics Committee and currently serves on the ASA Sociology of Law Undergraduate Paper Committee. She also served on the Greenville Hospital System’s (Greenville, South Carolina) MedEx Academy Development Committee. She is the author of the book Getting Cut: Failing to Survive Surgical Residency Training (University Press of America) and has also authored several book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Current projects include a multi-institutional study of the training and practice expectations of premedical students and a study on the unmet medical needs of the clientele of an urban food bank.


Rebecca Malinski | Assistant Professor of Sociology

Rebecca Malinski

Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
M.A., Sociology, Ohio University
B.A., Sociology and Criminology, Ohio University

Office Location: PPHAC 316
Office Phone: 610-625-7886

Research Interests/Expertise
Youth violence and victimization, bullying and school-based victimization, cyberbullying and cyber-deviance, research methods (particularly as they relate to the study of crime and victimization).

Teaching/Research Profile
Dr. Malinski’s course offerings are concentrated in the areas of criminology and criminal justice. In particular, she teaches courses on social structure and crime, juvenile delinquency, cyber-deviance, and criminological theory.

Dr. Malinski is primarily interested in the impact that crime and the criminal justice system have on children and adolescents. Specifically, she is interested in better-understanding youth offending and victimization of various forms. Her current projects are aimed at better understanding the impact of bullying and cyberbullying victimization on adolescents, as well as the relationship between these two forms of victimization. Specifically, she is currently engaged in research examining what impact bullying and cyberbullying victimization has on several mental health outcomes. She is also working on another study seeking to better understand the relationship between bullying victimization and cyberbullying victimization, including potential trajectories of offline and online victimization. Dr. Malinski is an active member of both the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology and presents her research findings regularly.


joyce dougherty

Joyce Dougherty | Professor of Practice

M.A. & Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University
B.A., Sociology and Political Philosophy, Syracuse University

Office location: PPHAC 317
Office phone: 610-625-7119

Research interests and expertise
Dr. Dougherty’s primary research interests include evidence-based prisoner reentry programming, recidivism reduction, and gender-responsive programming and trauma-informed care for women offenders.

From 1998-2015, Dr. Joyce Dougherty served as the Executive Director of THE PROGRAM for Women and Families, a non-profit agency that specialized in serving the reentry needs of adult offenders in the Lehigh Valley. In 2010 and 2011 she secured two consecutive federal Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act grants to support the Family Reunification Reentry Initiative targeting women offenders in Lehigh County. And in 2011 she presented two papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Washington D.C.: Program Design: A Gender Responsive Approach to Reducing Recidivism and Barriers to Successful Reentry: Navigating the Ideological Shift from Being ‘Tough on Crime’ to Being ‘Smart on Crime’. From 2009-2011 she served on the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee to Review the Effects on Children of Incarcerated Parents and she currently is serving as a member of the newly formed Pennsylvania Reentry Council chaired by the state’s Executive Deputy Attorney General. In 2015, Dr. Dougherty successfully negotiated the merger of THE PROGRAM for Women and Families with the non-profit agency, Pinebrook Family Answers, forming that agency’s new Forensic Services Department. This strategic move not only ensured the continuation of the good work of THE PROGRAM, it positioned that work to expand to more effectively meet the needs of the clients served. Today Dr. Dougherty serves as the Forensic Services Department’s grant writer and project coordinator on a part-time basis.

Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director of THE PROGRAM for Women and Families, she was a tenured professor at Moravian University serving as the head of the college’s Criminal Justice Program and as Chair of the Department of Sociology. During her tenure at the University, beginning in 1982, she published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from effective reentry programming for women offenders to a comparative analysis of adult plea bargaining and juvenile intake. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Political Philosophy, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University.


Lori Boyle | Department Assistant

Office Location: PPHAC 313
Office Phone: 610-861-1318

adjunct Faculty 

Vincent Ramunni (1998)

B.A., Moravian University
M.S., Shippensburg University

Attorney Frances Sonne (2006)

B.A., Pennsylvania State University
J.D., Temple University

Attorney Kimberly Goodge-Makoul (2006)

B.A., Moravian University
J.D., Widener University

Ashley Heiberger, J.D. (2006)

B.A., Moravian University
J.D., Widener University

Judge Samuel Murray (2009)

B.A., Moravian University
J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law

Dr. William Vogler (2017)

B.A., Hobart College
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania