Our Community

Our community includes 11 faculty members, 4 affiliated faculty members,36 graduate students and about 120 undergraduate majors.

"Professor Cadge has really helped me to develop my skills as a writer and thinker." --A former student of Sociology Professor Wendy Cadge, recipient of the 2008 Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching.

"Professor Cunningham is an outstanding mentor;  one of the smartest, most modest people that I have ever met; and a great teacher.  He is always willing to get involved in the Brandeis community outside of the classroom, and he has been an inspiration to me." --A former student of Sociology Professor David Cunningham, recipient of the 2007 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.

2007--Professor Gordon Fellman was the recipient of the Student Union Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence Contributing to Bettering the Brandeis Community.



(L to R) Cheryl Hansen, Mitra Shavarini, David Cunningham, Wendy Cadge, Carmen Sirianni, Sara Shostak, Ana Villalobos, Laura Miller, Goldon Fellman, Peter Conrad, Kristen Lucken, Judy Hanley
Not pictured: Karen Hansen, Gila Hayim, Shulamit Reinharz, Chandler Rosenberger

David Cunningham

David Cunningham
Department Chair

Expertise: Social movements/collective action, community structure, organizations, quantitative inquiry, youth culture.

Karen Hansen

Karen V. Hansen
Undergraduate Advising Head

Expertise: Gender, feminist theory, sociology of families, historical sociology, networks and communities.


Laura J. Miller
Director of Graduate Studies

Expertise: Sociology of culture, mass media, consumption and marketing, urban and suburban studies.

Wendy Cadge Wendy Cadge

Expertise: Sociology of Religion, culture, health and medicine, immigration, gender, sexuality, organizations, research methods.

Peter Conrad Peter Conrad

Expertise: Medical sociology, deviance, qualitative research methods.

Gordon Fellman Gordon Fellman

Expertise: Peace, conflict, and coexistence studies; empowerment, social class, Marx and Freud, psychoanalytic sociology, masculinities, Israeli-Palestinian confrontation.

Brandeis seal Gila Hayim

Expertise: Social theory, sociology of law, sociology of religion, sociology of culture, existential sociology.

Charles Kadushin Charles Kadushin, Visiting Research Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Networks, sociology of religion, survey research and the combination of sociological theory and methods.

Shulamit Reinharz Shulamit Reinharz

Expertise: Qualitative research methods, feminist research, Jewish women's studies, social psychology, group dynamics.

Chandler Rosenberger Chandler Rosenberger

Expertise: Nationalism, ethnicity, sociology of culture, sociology of religion, political dissent, terrorism, modern European politics.

Ted Sasson Theodore Sasson, Visiting Research Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Political sociology with an emphasis on political discourse, social problems and diaspora studies.

Thomas Shaprio Thomas Shapiro (The Heller School)

Expertise: Stratification, race, political sociology.

Sara Shostak

Sara Shostak


Expertise: Sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, body and society, sociology and bioethics, environmental health and justice, qualitative research methods.

Carmen Sirianni Carmen Sirianni

Expertise: Political sociology, community and civic democracy, organizations, public policy for democracy, work.

Ana Villalobos Ana Villalobos

Expertise: Motherhood, Gender & Work, Gender & Education, Identities, Presentation of Self.


Janet Zollinger Giele Janet Zollinger Giele (Retired in 2004)

Expertise: Women's changing roles, sociology of the life course, social movements.

George Ross George Ross (Retired in 2009)

Expertise: European integration, European politics and social policy, comparative industrial relations, sociology of advanced capitalist societies researching and analyzing the development of this new Europe.

Marty Krauss Marty Wyngaarden Krauss (The Heller School)

Expertise: Disability policy, family caregiving, mental retardation, human services.