The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University offers a supportive environment for undergraduate and Masters level students who wish to pursue training in sociology and anthropology. Our accomplished faculty place a strong emphasis on teaching and mentoring while also striving to maintain an active research agenda.  The curriculum is designed to provide our students with a wide range of options in pursuit of their academic and professional goals and interests, while also providing solid training in core foundations the two disciplines. Students learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods and are exposed to a variety of subfields and theoretical perspectives.Faculty core strengths include: social movements and social change, gender, race, inequality, stratification, deviance, cultural diversity, social interaction and group processes, migration, world systems/globalization, social institutions (religion, family, work and occupations, health care, politics and the economy), criminology, gerontology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and advanced statistical analysis.

Faculty serve both programs through offering cross-listed and other courses that are accepted  in partial fulfillment of degree requirements by the separate degree programs of Sociology and Anthropology within our combined department.  While faculty members listed here primarily advise students within their respective disciplines, there are many situations where students are advised and mentored, both formally and informally, by faculty within both disciplinary areas.  These include independent studies, capstone and honors projects, as well as as through graduate thesis committees.

Anthropology Faculty

  • Brian A. Hoey

    PhD University of Michigan
    Bio-cultural approaches to health, culture and environment, place-making and community development, ethnographic methods, migration, disaster studies


    Associate Dean of the Honors College


  • Nicholas Freidin

    DPhil Archaeology University of Oxford, Keble College
    Archaeology, prehistory and contact period, Eastern Woodlands

    Director of Summer Archaeology Field School & Lab


  • Robin Conley Riner

    Associate Professor
    PhD University of California at Los Angeles
    Legal, linguistic, and cultural anthropology, gender and language, violence and empathy in democratic institutions


Sociology Faculty

  • Kristi McLeod Fondren

    Associate Professor
    PhD Mississippi State University
    Culture, environment, gender, race relations, social psychology, sports, leisure, recreation

    Director of Graduate Studies


  • Richard Garnett

    Associate Professor
    PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Social movements, holocaust, genocide, social theory


  • Marty Laubach

    PhD Indiana University
    Religion, social psychology, science and knowledge, work and organizations

    Departmental Chairperson


  • Bonifiace Noyongoyo

    PhD University of Central Florida
    Aging, life course and health, cultural sociology, international migration, race and ethnicity, social inequalities, sociology of food


  • Frederick Roth

    PhD University of Connecticut
    Criminology, deviance, juvenile delinquency


  • Donna Sullivan

    Associate Professor
    PhD University of Massachusetts at Boston
    Social gerontology, family, media, social problems


Visiting Scholars

  • Mats Grieff

    Professor of History and Chair of Department of Historical Studies, Malmö University (Sweden)
    Visiting Researcher, Fall 2010