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Dr. Olivia Perlow
Olivia
Perlow
Department Chair
Sociology
African and African American Studies
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Latina/o and Latin American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
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Courses Taught
SOC 105: Social Inequalities and Social Change
SOC 316: Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 318: Sociology Through Film
SOC 344: African American Women: Feminism, Race & Resistance
SOC 350: Sociology of Black Communities
AFAM 200: Intro to African and African American Studies
AFAM 302: Africans in the Diaspora
Research Interests
Dr. Olivia Nichole Perlow is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, African & African American Studies, Latino/a/x and Latin American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Her specializations are social inequalities, critical carceral studies, and liberatory pedagogies. Most of her work comes out of a critical race (black) feminist framework in which she examines intersecting oppressions based on race, class, gender, sexuality, and so forth. She is the published author of multiple articles, book chapters, and co-editor of the anthology Black Women's Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. She is a proud triple alumna of Howard University, where her political trajectory was fermented, and an activist who continues to challenge the varied and multi-faceted oppressions faced by marginalized/minoritized groups, particularly in the areas of criminal (in)justice and education.
Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 2008, Howard University

M.A., Sociology, 2004, Howard University

B.A., Sociology, 2000, Howard University

Selected Publications

Perlow, Olivia, Durene Wheeler, Sharon Bethea & Barbara Scott (Eds.). (2018). Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation & Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Perlow, Olivia. (2018). “Anger as Resistance to White Supremacy within and beyond the Classroom” in Perlow, Olivia, Durene Wheeler, Sharon Bethea & Barbara Scott (Eds.)   Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation & Healing Within and Beyond the Academy. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Spencer, Zoe and Perlow, Olivia. (2018). “Reconceptualizing Historic and Contemporary   Violence against African Americans as Savage White American Terror (SWAT).”  Journal of African American Studies, Summer 2018. DOI 10.1007/s12111-018-9399-3

Spencer, Zoe and Perlow, Olivia. (2018). “Sassy Mouths, Unfettered Spirits, and the Neo- Lynching of Korryn Gaines and Sandra Bland: Conceptualizing Post Traumatic Slave Master Syndrome and the Familiar ‘Policing’ of Black Women’s Resistance in Twenty-First-Century America.” Meridians: 17(1).  DOI: 10.1215/15366936-6955175

Selected Performances

Grants and Awards

  • The Dr. Melvin Cleveland Terrell Award in Research and Literature, NEIU, 2020
  • Faculty Excellence Award in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, NEIU, 2019
  • Sabbatical Award, NEIU, 2015-2016
  • Summer Research Award, NEIU, 2015
  • Women of Color Leadership Project Award, National Women's Studies Association, 2014 
  • Black Heritage Committee Faculty Excellence Award, 2014
  • Northeastern Programming Board’s Women’s Excellence Award, 2014 NEIU’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014
  • Student Choice Award, NEIU, 2013
  • Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Award, Northwestern University, 2007 
  • Summer Research Fellowship Award, Texas State University, 2006

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Aneta Galary
Aneta
Galary
Instructor
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4802
Courses Taught
SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 105: Social Inequalities and Social Change
SOC 214: Sociology of Intimacy, Marriages and Families
SOC 221: Sociology of Work
SOC 306: Women, Gender and the "F Word"
SOC 320: Sociological Analysis
SOC 338: Environmental Sociology
SOC 360: Sociology of Occupations and Professions
SOC 365: Sociology of Globalization
Research Interests
My work focuses on Environmental Sociology, Economic Sociology, and Social Inequalities. I am especially interested in how systems of oppression and privilege are created and maintained by social institutions (work and economy, the state and public policy, media, etc.), and culture. I am also interested in the impact of oppression and exclusion on members of society, and individual and collective actions to generate positive social change.
Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 2007, Loyola University, Chicago

M.A., Sociology, 2003, Loyola University, Chicago

B.A., Public Relations, 1995, Columbia College, Chicago

Selected Publications

Block, Richard, Aneta Galary, and Darryl Brice. 2007.  "The Journey to Crime: Victims and Offenders Converge in Violent Index Offences in Chicago." Security Journal 20:123-137.

Block, Richard, Darryl Brice, and Aneta Galary. 2003. "Traced Firearms and Criminal Violence in Chicago." Proceedings of the Homicide Research Working Group.  Chicago" Loyola University.

Galary, Aneta. 2003. Review of Violent Entrepreneurs: The Use of Force in Making of Russian Capitalism"  by Vadim Volkov. Contemporary Sociology 32:587-588.

 

Selected Performances

Grants and Award

Dissertation of the Year, Social Sciences, Loyola University Chicago, 2007

Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-2007

Excellence in Graduate Student Research, Loyola University Chicago, 2006

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Cristen Jenkins
Cristen
Jenkins
Instructor
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
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Expertise
My teaching and research are grounded in my commitment to social change. My research focuses on how race, class, and gender shape educational opportunities. I have examined how students, parents, and teachers organize for educational justice. In an effort to bridge theory and practice, I collaborate with community organizations across Chicago. Most recently, I served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at the Chicago Freedom School.
Courses Taught
SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 104: Schools and Society
SOC 105: Women, Men, and Social Change
SOC 306: Women, Gender and The "F Word"
SOC 320: Sociological Analysis
SOC 332: Sociology of Education
SOC 358: Sociology of Youth and Youth Culture
Research Interests
Urban Education, Youth Activism, and Activist Research
Education

Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies (concentration certificate, Gender and Women's Studies), 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A., History, 2004, University of Pennsylvania

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Brooke Johnson
Brooke
Johnson
Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Coordinator
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
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Courses Taught
SOC 331: Military Sociology
SOC 332: Sociology of Education
SOC 335: Sociological Theory
SOC 339: Introduction to Social Statistics
SOC 340: Sociology of Sexualities
SOC 351: Senior Seminar in Sociology
Research Interests
Informed by my broad interest in social inequality, my areas of specialization include: education, militarization, gender and sexualities.
Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 2009, University of California, Riverside

M.A., Sociology, 2005, University of California, Riverside

B.A., Sociology, 2000, Boise State University
 

Selected Publications

Johnson, Brooke. 2019.  "The Erotic as Resistance: Queer Resistance at a Militarized Charter School." Critical Military Studies, Special Issue on School Militarism. DOI: 10.1080/23337486.2019.1608702

Johnson, Brooke. 2018. "Educating for War: Militarization and the Manufacturing of Consent through Public Schooling," Pp. 65-86 in The Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline: Surveillance, Punishment and Social Control, edited by J. Deakin, E. Taylor A. Kupchik. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Johnson, Brooke. 2014. Culture and Structure at a Military Charter School: From School Ground to Battle Ground. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Johnson, Brooke. 2010. "A Few Good Boys: Masculinity at a Military-style Charter School." Men and Masculinities 12(5):575-596.

Aguirre, Jr., Adalberto and Brooke Johnson. 2005. "Militarizing Youth in Public Education: Observations from a Military-Style Charter School." Social Justice 32(3):148-162.

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Juan
R.
Martinez
Assistant Professor
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4779
Courses Taught
SOC 270: Sociology of Latinas
SOC 314: Urban Sociology
SOC 316: Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 335: Sociological Theory
SOC 346A: WIP: Critical Writing For Sociology
Research Interests
My research interests lay broadly in the areas of race and ethnic relations, U.S. Latinx, immigration, religion, and the sociology of space and place. I am particularly interested in the social construction of place and how everyday placemaking processes are informed by intergroup relations, racialized meanings, and broader social structures. My recent publications have explored the role of place attachment and threat in placemaking, the use of religious symbols and meanings in the immigrant rights movement, and how religious institutions facilitate undocumented immigrant incorporation in the United States. I am currently working on two projects. One is a monograph based on my dissertation research, which explores white/Latinx relations in suburban neighborhood and through the dimensions of local politics, religious institutions, and community-based events. The second is as National Science Foundation funded study (in collaboration with Phillip Vargas, City Colleges of Chicago) which explores STEM students’ induction, persistence, and degree completion at a community college. Using an asset-based approach, the study seeks to understand the relationship between STEM Majors’ cultural wealth and institutional initiatives, and educational and career trajectories.

As an educator, I believe sociology is rewarding, applicable, and empowering. I challenge my students to develop their sociological imagination and critical thinking skills so they have the tools be informed, engaged, and empowered global citizens to make positive social changes in their own lives as well as the lives of others. I am also passionate about civic and voter engagement and have volunteered with local civic organizations (Chicago Votes). In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, and working on scooters.
Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 2014,  The University of Illinois at Chicago 

M.A., Sociology, 2007, The University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A., General Sociology, 2003, Northeastern Illinois University

 

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Andreas
Savas Kourvetaris
Associate Professor
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4774
Courses Taught
SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 205: Contemporary Social Issues
SOC 211: Sociological Research Methods
SOC 245: WIP: Social Inequalities
SOC 324: Political Sociology
SOC 351: Senior Seminar in Sociology
SOC 362: Becoming "American"
Research Interests
My current work centers on the intersection of culture, politics, inequalities, and storytelling. Looking especially at immigrant and ethnic politics in urban communities, it asks how culture figures in competition for public office and in the unequal distribution of resources across cultural groups, neighborhoods, communities, and broader social geographies. Currently, I am exploring the processes of “becoming ‘American’” by examining identity construction, public policy, and social inequalities via stories on citizenship, immigration, education, race, class, and ethnicity.
Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 2005, Columbia University

M.Phil., Sociology, 1999, Columbia University

M.A., Social Sciences, 1994, University of Chicago

B.A., History, 1992, Northwestern University

Selected Publications

Savas Kourvetaris, Andreas Y. 2011. "Ethnicity, Electoral Districts, and Candidate Narratives: The 2001 New York City Elections." International Review of Modern Sociology 37(1):127-145.

Kourvetaris, Andrew G. 2009. “Perspectives on Ethnicity, Gender, and Race and their Empirical Referents: A Four-Sided Paradigm and Critical Review.” International Review of Sociology 19(1):127-146.

Kourvetaris, Andrew G. 2008. “Ethnonational Minorities.” Pp. 467-470 in Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by R. T. Schaefer. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Kourvetaris, Andrew G. 2008. "In Memoriam: Charles Tilly.” In TG02 2008: Newsletter of the International Sociological Association’s Thematic Group # 02 on Historical and Comparative Sociology, Vol. 2.

Kourvetaris, George A. and Andrew G. Kourvetaris. 2007. <<E fese tou ethnotikou ethnikismou kai touupoethnikismou: e periptosi tis Yugoslavias>> [“The Nature of Ethnonationalism and Subnationalism: The Case of Yugoslavia”], in Τα Nέα Βαλκάνια: Η Γεωπολιτική της Διεθνούς Aσφάλειας και η Eυρωπαϊκή Oλοκλήρωση [The New Balkans: The Geopolitics of International Security and European Integration]. Revised and Expanded Greek Edition, edited by Petros P. Siousiouras, translated from the English by Ioannis A. Papademos. Athens: Erodotos.

Kourvetaris, Andrew G. 2007. “American Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity: A Research Note.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 44:131-142.

Kourvetaris, Andrew G. 2006. “‘Trying to Kick It Open’: A Synthesis of Narrative Politics and Campaign Strategies in the 2001 New York City Council Elections.” Journal of Political and Military Sociology 34:339-357.

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Brett Stockdill
Brett
Stockdill
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4772
Courses Taught
SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
LLAS 101: Introduction to Latino/a & Latin American Studies
SOC 211: Sociological Research Methods
SOC 245: WIP: Social Inequalities
SOC 270: Sociology of Latinas
SOC 310: Social Movements
SOC 312: Sociology of Health and Illness
SOC 342: Internship in Sociology
SOC 343: Sociological Practice and Seminar
SOC 351: Senior Seminar in Sociology
SOC 352: Sociology of HIV/AIDS
Research Interests
My research focuses on the Sociology of HIV/AIDS, Social Inequality, and Social Movements. I am especially interested in how multiple inequalities (racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc.) intersect and how oppressed groups respond to and resist these inequalities. For my first book, Activism Against AIDS: At the Intersections of Sexuality, Race, Gender, and Class (Lynne Rienner Press, 2003), I interviewed AIDS activists in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and I conducted participant observation in ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power)/Chicago—a direct action AIDS activist group. I examine how inequalities have shaped the AIDS crisis and how LGBTQ people, people of color, prisoners and other groups have organized collectively to combat HIV/AIDS. For my second book, Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in the Academy (University of Hawai’i Press, 2012), Mary Yu Danico and I edited an anthology that highlights how professors identify forms of bias and discrimination in higher education as well as forge antiracist, feminist and queer approaches to teaching and mentoring, research and writing, and social justice work. Some of my other publications are listed below. My research and teaching are informed by my experiences as a queer HIV-positive activist. I have been a participant in campus and community activism for free speech and against the AIDS crisis, homophobia, racism and militarism.
Education

Ph.D., Sociology, 1996, Northwestern University

M.A., Sociology, 1991, Northwestern University

B.A., Psychology, 1987, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Selected Publications

2013.  “ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power).” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements.  Eds, David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam.  Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell.

2012.  (with Mary Yu Danico) Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in the Academy.  Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.

2012.  “Queering the Ivory Tower: Tales of a Trouble Making Homosexual.” In Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in the Academy. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai’i Press.

2011.  “Men’s Responsibility to Challenge Gender Violence.” IMPACT Chicago.  Two part series: August 8 & 15, 2011. http://www.impactchicago.blogspot.com/

2011.  “The Odyssey of the Utterly Fabulous Mario Sierra: Living in the Borderlands.”  The Bilerico Project: Daily Experiments in LGBTQ. Four part series: May 3-6, 2011.  http://www.bilerico.com/2011/05/the_odyssey_of_the_utterly_fabulous_mario_sierra.php#more.

2007.  “Anti-Racist Social Movements.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism.  Eds. John H. Moore et al.  MacMillan Reference Library.

2003.  Activism Against AIDS: At the Intersections of Sexuality, Race, Gender and Class. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Press.

2003.  (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park and David Naguib Pellow) “Beyond the Hollywood Hype: Using Documentary to Unmask State Oppression Against People of Color." Reversing the Lens: Crossing Cultures through Film.  Eds. Lane Hirayabashi and Jun Xing. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.

2001.  "Blood at the Roots: A Structural Analysis of Racist Violence." Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 38, No. 4.

2001.  "Forging a Multidimensional Oppositional Consciousness: Lessons from Community Based AIDS Activism." Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest.  Eds. Jane Mansbridge and Aldon Morris. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

1999.  "Social Movements and the Criminal Justice System: The Use of Repression to Undermine AIDS Activism."  Criminal Justice/Social Justice: The Maturation of Critical Thought in Law, Crime and Deviance Theory. Ed. Bruce Arrigo. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Press.

1995.  "(Mis)Treating Prisoners with AIDS: Analyzing Health Care Behind Bars." Research in the Sociology of Health Care - Volume 12. Ed. Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. Greenwich, CN: JAI Press Inc.

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