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Congratulations to Kimberly Schwartz, the 2021-2022 Sociology and Anthropology Department Senior Award Recipient

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD),  2021-2022

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to congratulate the following Moravian University students on their induction into Alpha Kappa Delta (AKA), the International Sociology Honor Society, during the 2021-2022 academic year:

Madison Baillie, Austin Boguski, Shayla Borger, Rachel Byrne, Sean Cardinale, Lianne Derrick, Norah Dolan, Isabelle Endress, Chloe Fischl, Kaitlyn Furst, Raechel Gonzalez, Jordan Hawk, Hannah Katz, Emily Kave, Katrina Krause, Rose Marie Long, Joseph Paullilo, Taylor Rasely, Nicole Ryan, Haley Rudofker, Claire Smith, Lindsey Strohl, Sally Velazques Robles, Shannon Wabeke, Samantha Whitney, Madeline Wickel, Madison Wilson


Della Winters Presentation:  Controlling Care: Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Carceral Spaces

Della Winters is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography at Arkansas State University. Dr. Winter's research examines the consequences of the expansions of the carceral state and mass surveillance, particularly within the lives of women. 

Congratulations to our Majors/Minors on the Fall 2021 Deans List:

Rachel Backus, Madison Baillie, Austin Boguski, Shayla Borger, Rachel Byrne, Sean Cardinale, Mikki DeLuca, Norah Dolan, Isabelle Endress, Collin Frost, Kaitlyn Furst, Ashley Gallagher, Adam Gildea,  Lauryn Guerra, Jordan Hawk, Madelyn Hoch, Hannah Katz, EmilyMarie Kave, Katrina Krause, Shannon Lawlor, Abigail LeDonne, Rosie Long, Helen Meckstroth, Amanda Meinster, Katelyn Mercado, Christina Merone, Jailine Morocho, Joseph Paullilo, Lehigh Petrie, Taylor Rasely, Haley Rudofker, Ebony Saccento, Kimberly Schwartz, Mackenzie Silvius, Claire Smith, Skylar Sutton, Sally Velazquez-Robles, Shannon Wabeke, Brendon Ward, Madeline Wickel


Straight Ahead! A conversation with David Garlock: A criminal justice reform advocate and statewide organizer

"David and his brother received a 25-year sentence in Alabama after taking the life of their abuser. He was released on parole in 2013. He subsequently obtained his bachelor's degree from Eastern University and was the Lancaster Program Director for New Person Ministries, a reentry program for men who have been convicted of sex offenses and other returning citizens, from 2017-2020." (

Video Recording of  David Garlock presentation


Digging Down In Denmark:  Presentation by one of our current Moravian University students, Brendon Ward.

Brendon spoke about the nature of his work over this past summer and provided information on the intricacies of his experience of participating in an archaeological dig.

Video Recording of Digging Down In Denmark: Brendon Ward presentation


Past Zoom Presentation: Ethical Leadership in the Corporate World: '99 Moravian University Alumni: Laura Heacock along with five other experienced panelists.

Panelists included:
Alfreda Rawlings: Executive Director of Gastrointestinal Associates of Abington, Pa. Melissa Miller: President, TCB Promotions. Jillian Olsen '00: Owner and President, Cherry Ridge Consulting LLCMatt Tinney: Founder and Chairman of Windows Management Experts, Inc., and Sean Ellsworth: Talent Acquisition Leader, Vanguard

Video Recording of Ethical Leadership in the Corporate World presentation  passcode/fG!=9S3B


Past Zoom Presentation: '13 Moravian University Alumni: Kelsy Adams. "Applying Sociology in the Real World" 

"Applying Sociology in the Real World":  A zoom workshop to help students explore prospects of entrepreneurship after graduation. Please email Akbar Keshodkar for the Zoom link. 


New Faculty joining the Department

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology would like to welcome Dr. Rebecca Malinski, our new Assistant Professor of Sociology to the department.  Dr. Malinski's research and teaching specifically focus on areas of youth violence and victimization, bullying and school-based victimization, and the intersection of technology and deviance. We invite students and other members of the college community to come to meet Dr. Malinski and learn of her teaching and research interests.

Dr. Keshodkar takes Moravian students to Tanzania

Dr. Akbar Keshodkar and 10 Moravian University students traveled to Tanzania for three weeks in December 2018 and January 2019 to gain first-hand field experience in examining how structures of the current global economy impact developments in society, the economy, and the environment in Africa and study how people in Tanzania situate themselves and challenge their positions from the periphery. They visited sites across Tanzania, including Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, and Kilimanjaro. This was the first time Moravian University offered a study abroad course on the African continent.

Trip to Tanzania 2018-19








Dr. Bloom presenting on her research at the Faculty Luncheon

Dr. Allison Bloom made a presentation on her research at the faculty luncheon in November 2018, examining issues of violence experienced by immigrant women in the United States.  The title of the presentation was, "Embodies hardships and spiritual strength: A life course perspective on aging, immigration, and domestic violence."

Sociology Club and Pre-Law Club trip

Students from the Sociology Club and the Pre-Law Club visited the Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, PA, in October 2018.