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Christopher Andrews joined the Sociology faculty at Drew in 2011. After graduating from Miami University (B.A. Psychology, minor in Sociology), he received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland. He teaches courses on social psychology, research methods and the sociology of work and occupations. His areas of interest include the effects of technology on work and employment and how technological innovations shape social interaction and identity.
He co-authored a book chapter (“The Virtual Assembly Line”) in Management, Labour Process, and Software Development (2005) with Craig Lair and Bart Landry based on their collaborative study of thirty software startups in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He has also authored an entry on C.Wright Mills’ (1959) classic essay on the ‘sociological imagination’ in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2007), reprinted in the (2009).
Currently, he is researching the effects of self-checkouts in the supermarket industry, examining how social forces shape the adoption and use of self-service technology, including the role of labor unions, competitors and customer attitudes.
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Roxanne M. Friedenfels, Chair and Professor of Sociology, has been teaching at Drew since 1987. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and her B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin. Her areas of expertise include social change, gender and the sociology of aging. Besides articles on gender and aging, she published Social Change: An Anthology in 1998.
Caitlin Killian joined the sociology faculty at Drew in 2001. She received her Ph.D. in sociology with a certificate in women’s studies from Emory University and her B.A. in comparative literature with a concentration in women’s studies from Swarthmore College. She teaches courses on gender, families, reproduction, and immigration, as well as globalization with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Her areas of interest include reproduction, infertility, pregnancy, abortion, adoption, sex education, and reproductive health; Immigration and acculturation; Muslims in Muslim majority countries and in diaspora; Intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, socialization and identity issues; Women and work; and Human rights (religious rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights).
She is the author of North African Women in France: Gender, Culture and Identity (Stanford University Press 2006). Other publications include articles on decision-making about the HPV vaccine among young adults American Journal of Sexuality Education, white adoptive parents and children of color Family Relations; Sociological Perspective, immigrants’ identity negotiation Social Psychology Quarterly, Muslim women and the headscarf in France Gender & Society; Sociology of Religion, Arab women’s motivations for migration Women’s Studies International Forum, and highly-skilled immigrant women’s labor force incorporation Social Currents. Her most recent work is on overblown warnings about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome that are more about policing women’s behavior than accurately representing scientific data Journal of Applied Social Science.
In addition to her academic work, she has also served as a consultant for the United Nations developing the online module on gender and sexual and reproductive health and rights for the United Nations for training use for their staff worldwide and doing research in Turkey on how to better enable Syrian refugee women’s access to the labor market.
She is currently writing a book on how the cultural standards for mothers and fathers differ including expectations of egg donors vs. sperm donors, criminalization of women’s behavior during pregnancy, and “failure to protect” prosecutions for mothers whose children were murdered by a third party.
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James M. O’Kane, Professor of Sociology, taught at Drew since 1967 until retiring in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Sociology from New York University, his M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and his B.A. degree in Economics from St. Frances College (Brooklyn, New York). His research interests within Sociology include criminology, research methods, demography, ethnic studies and urban problems.
He has authored over 50 articles as well as four books: Pamplona- A Sociological Analysis of Migration and Urban Adaptation Patterns(1981); “The Crooked Ladder: Gangsters Ethnicity and the American Dream (1992) and Wicked Deeds: Murder in America (2005). He completed a book on his early life in Brooklyn, New York titled, Jefferson Avenue: Stories from a Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941-1957 (2013). Professor O’Kane was the Research Director of Social Science Research Associates, a Madison based research consulting firm specializing in survey research and other methodologies relating to problems and issues in education, crime and community relations.
Frequently interviewed by the mass media, he has been quoted in newspapers including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, U.S.A. Today, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle and Miami Herald. Prof. O’Kane has also been featured in an in-depth interview on the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour on the topic of homicide. He currently lives in Madison, New Jersey.
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Jonathan W. Reader, Baker Professor of Sociology, has been teaching at Drew since 1980. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Comell University, his M.P.A. in Public Administration from New York University, and his B.A. in Government from Cornell University.
He served for two years as an officer in the United States Public Health Service. He has authored or co-authored twenty articles, papers, research reports, reviews and speeches on such topics as community disasters, corporate mergers, the impact of elections on local government fiscal policies, innovations in medical technology, local governments’ strategies for revenue generation, politics of local school districts and substance abuse treatment policy. In 2009, his classic co-authored article “From Art to Corporation: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and The Cultural Effects of Merger” was included in an edited volume of critical essays,The History of the Book in West:1914-2000, marking the second time it has been included in an anthology on mass communications.
Since 1968, he has done extensive consulting with organizations in both the public and non-profit sectors for more than five decades. His clients have included the City of Indianapolis. Control Data Corporation, Donovan, Newton, Irvine and Leisure, Local 32B & J of the Service Employees International Union, New Jersey Chapter of of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, New Orleans Department of Public Health, Novartis, Palmer Video and Stockton State College. He consulted on and acted in the movie, Meeting the Beautiful People, which debuted to favorable reviews in New York in 1994 and Berlin in 1995. He consulted on Erving Goffman’s influence on the husband in the novel, A Dangerous Husband by Jane Shapiro.
His teaching specialties include classical sociological theory, mass communications, political sociology, sociology of health and illness, sociology of management and the introduction to public health.
His current research interest focuses on the health and illness of U.S Presidents. In 2004, he received the Drew University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He chairs the Sociology Department and directs the Public Health Major.
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Dr. Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom (Dr. RR) completed two years of public service with AmeriCorps Project SafetyNet on the Lower East Side while a doctoral student at New York University (PhD. Sociology). She teaches courses in Urban Education, Public Sociology, Digital Society and Childhood/Youth. Partnering with the Center for Civic Engagement, she trains Drew Action Scholars by teaching Innovation Action Lab, Senior Civic Workshop and Thinking Through Social Problems. She expertly guides civically engaged students designing collaborative projects from idea to project implementation and assessment.
As the co-Principal Investigator of “Neighbors in Need”, a multi-year community based research grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, she led a team of community stakeholders to improve voucher use among the homeless in Morris County, NJ. Partnering with the Orange Public Schools, Newark Public Schools and too many housing agencies to name, Dr. RR implements community based learning classes to engage students in capacity building in under-resourced neighborhoods. In these contexts and the classroom, she’s interested in how new digital technologies shape all aspects of research, civic engagement, community storytelling, teaching and communications.
Her professional research, community based research, education and digital projects have been funded by Corporation for National and Community Service, AmeriCorps, William T. Grant Foundation, Spencer Foundation, American Sociological Association, Murray Research Center at Radcliffe, Mellon Drew Digital Humanities Grant and the Morris County, NJ Continuum of Care.
She is the author of The Multiracial Urban High School: Fearing Peers and Trusting Friends (2010), a four year study about how school shapes teens’ friendships. Other published research includes topics such as: racial/ethnic discrimination among minority youth (Youth and Society), peer group dynamics (Sociological Studies of Childhood/Youth), school choice policy (Urban Review), the emotional content of social movement protest (City Limits) and the complexities of classroom self-disclosure (Teaching Sociology). She also researches strategies to prevent homelessness through voucher use (Finding Housing in Morris County, NJ: Report), child soldiers as a new social problem (Qualitative Sociology) and vaccination decision-making among emerging adults (American Journal of Sexuality Education).
In addition to her academic work, she is raising two children and a pitbull, caring for an elderly parent, learning hydroponics, and trail running in the Ramapo Mountains of NJ.