faculty and staff Our faculty members are experienced teachers and respected scholars in their fields. The Social Sciences Department prides itself on maintaining open and engaging faculty-student relationships. They're dedicated to helping you put together a program to meet your needs.

Core Faculty

Alexander Vari , Ph.D., Chair

Associate Professor of History
-European history, Latin American history, urban studies

Brian Monahan , Ph.D.

Director of Criminal Justice and Sociology, Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice
-Media and Crime, Social Problems, Deviant Behavior

Jon Christiansen , M.A.

-social movements, labor, and community sociology

Samantha Christiansen , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
-Asian and World History, Urban History, Social Movements, Gender Studies

Thomas Jackson , J.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
-Political science, constitutional law, pre-law

Jeremy Rich , Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
-African and world history, colonialism and Central African history (Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Patrick Seffrin , Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice
-Criminology, criminal justice, sociology

Adam Shprintzen , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
-Urban History, Labor History, Environmental History (Passed with distinction)

Adjunct Faculty

James Frutchey , M. A.

-European and world history

Mark Lemoncelli , M.A.

-American history, social studies methods