Faculty

Our current faculty pursues nationally and internationally recognized research on basic and applied social science questions. Four faculty members have received LSU's prestigious Rainmaker award for outstanding research, scholarship and creative activity.

Michael S. Barton

Michael S. Barton

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York
Office: 139 Stubbs Hall
Email: mbarto3@lsu.edu

Specializations: Criminology; urban sociology; gentrification & neighborhood change

Michelle Barton

Michelle Barton

Program Director for the BA in Sociology for LSU Online
Instructor of Sociology

PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York
Office: 11 Stubbs Hall
Email: michellebarton@lsu.edu

Specializations: Families; aging

 

Sarah Becker

Sarah Becker

Director of CCELL (Center for Community Engagement, Learning, & Leadership)
Associate Professor of Sociology

Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Office: 141 Stubbs Hall
Email: sbecker@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-7243
Specializations: Intersectionality; criminology; ethnography; communities

Dana Berkowitz

Dana Berkowitz

Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
PhD, University of Florida
Office: 133 Stubbs Hall
Email: dberk@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-2619
Specializations: Gender; bodies; sexualities; qualitative methods; feminist & social theory

 

Troy Blanchard

Troy C. Blanchard

Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 132 Hodges Hall
Email: troy@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-8273
Specializations: Social inequality; social demography; applied sociology

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Chantel Chauvin

Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 137 Stubbs Hall
Email: cdufre3@lsu.edu
Specializations: Violent crime, delinquency, gender & crime, gun violence

 

 

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Skylar C. Gremillion

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Senior Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 110 Stubbs Hall
Email: sgremi3@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-1117
Specializations: Gender; law; inequality; online communications 

Rhiannon Kroeger

Rhiannon A. Kroeger

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Ohio State University
Office: 108 Stubbs Hall
Email: rkroeger@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-3898
Specializations: Health & Illness; family demography; quantitative methods

 

Matthew Lee

Matthew R. Lee

Interim Vice President for Agriculture & Dean, College of Agriculture
Professor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 156 Thomas Boyd Hall
Email: mlee@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-1786
Specializations: Criminology; public health; community resilience

Heather O'Connell

Heather A. O’Connell

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office: 20 Stubbs Hall
Email: hoconnell@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-4032
Specializations: Race & ethnicity; social stratification; spatial demography

 

Heather Rackin

Heather M. Rackin

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Duke University
Office: 125 Stubbs Hall
Email: hrackin@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-5123
Specializations: Family formation & fertility; social inequality; social demography

Mark Schafer

Mark J. Schafer

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
PhD, Indiana University
Office: 215 Martin Woodin Hall
Email: mschaf1@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-5357
Specializations: Sociology of education; comparative & global sociology; social inequality; rural sociology

 

Ed Shihadeh

Edward S. Shihadeh

Professor of Sociology
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Office: 107 Stubbs Hall
Email: edsoc@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-1635
Specializations: Criminology; urban sociology; race, ethnicity & immigration

Wesley Shrum

Wesley M. Shrum, Jr.

Department Chair
Professor of Sociology

PhD, Princeton University
Office: 105B Stubbs Hall
Email: shrum@lsu.edu

Specializations: Technology (e.g., video, internet, mobile communication); Africa/Asia

 

Tim Slack

Tim Slack

Professor of Sociology
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Office: 104A Stubbs Hall
Email: slack@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-1116
Specializations: Social stratification & poverty; community & environment; social demography; rural sociology

Kevin Smiley

Kevin T. Smiley

Assistant Professor of Sociology
PhD, Rice University
Office: 110A Stubbs Hall
Email: ksmiley@lsu.edu
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Specializations: Environmental Sociology; community and urban sociology; disasters; health; race; immigration; social capital

 

Ginger Stevenson

Ginger Stevenson

Senior Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 119 Stubbs Hall
Email: gsteven@lsu.edu

Specializations: Criminology; interpersonal violence; deviance

Samuel Stroope

Samuel Stroope

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Baylor University
Office: 105A Stubbs Hall
Email: sstroope@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-0188
Specializations: Health inequalities; medical sociology; religion

 

William F. Tate IV

William F. Tate IV

LSU President
Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
Office: 3810 West Lakeshore Drive
Email: drichards@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-2111 
Specializations: Sociology of education; stratification; geospatial science; public health; urban sociology

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Danielle J. Thomas

Instructor of Sociology
PhD, Louisiana State University
Office: 10 Stubbs Hall
Email: dthom68@lsu.edu

Specializations: Race & ethnicity; community development; sports

 

Mark Walker

Mark H. Walker

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, University of Iowa
Office: 18 Stubbs Hall
Email: mwalk67@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-1114
Specializations: Social psychology; social networks; self & identity; mental health

Fredrick Weil

Frederick Weil

Associate Professor of Sociology
PhD, Harvard University
Office: 17C Stubbs Hall
Email: fweil@lsu.edu
Phone: 225-578-1140
Specializations: Political sociology; comparative-historical; community & urban; disasters; poverty & grassroots mentoring; survey research; photo/video ethnography; geospatial analysis