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
PhD University of California at Los Angeles
Legal, linguistic, and cultural anthropology, gender and language, violence and empathy in democratic institutions
Co-Director of DoSA Undergraduate Studies

Sociology Faculty

Kristi McLeod Fondren
Associate Professor
PhD Mississippi State University
Culture, environment, gender, race relations, social psychology, sports, leisure, recreation
Departmental Chairperson
Richard Garnett
Associate Professor
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Social movements, holocaust, genocide, social theory
Co-Director of DoSA Undergraduate Studies
Marty Laubach
PhD Indiana University
Religion, social psychology, science and knowledge, work and organizations
Co-Director of DoSA Graduate Studies
Bonifiace Noyongoyo
Assistant Professor
PhD University of Central Florida
Aging, life course and health, cultural sociology, international migration, race and ethnicity, social inequalities, sociology of food
Donna Sullivan
Associate Professor
PhD University of Massachusetts at Boston
Social gerontology, family, media, social problems
Co-Director of DoSA Graduate Studies