Faculty

The Ph.D. program in Sociology has about 70 participating faculty, who are either appointed full-time at the Graduate Center, or act as consortial faculty with primary appointments at other CUNY institutions.

All Faculty  Faculty by Specialization  Emeritus Faculty

Our faculty are experts across a range of sociology specializations and provide mentorship to students who share their areas of focus.

  • We are strong in urban sociology, studies of race, ethnicity, and immigration, research on urban institutions, including schools, and on neighborhoods and urban spaces. We also have faculty members who study white collar crime, drug use, and how changes in police practices affect crime rates.
  • New York is the preeminent center of cultural production in America, and several of our faculty members are noted for specialization in cultural studies. They analyze mass media, art, film, and other forms of popular and elite culture.
  • We are one of the leading programs in the country in the study of international migration, with many faculty working on aspects of the immigrant experience, both in the US and in Europe.
  • The Program also has long-standing strength in feminist theory. Faculty members study the sociology of gender from feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytical and other perspectives.
  • Several faculty members pursue interests in the sociology of the state, political economy, and social stratification. Some specialize in the study of development, including, particularly, the economic, political, and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Technology, work, and occupations are also areas that draw faculty and students into research. Topics include theories of the labor process, studies of work places undergoing technological change, unions and organizing, professions, and the relationship between work and family life.

Faculty by Specialization

Culture, Mass Media and the Arts

Faculty by Specialization

Deviance/Criminology

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Amy Adamczyk

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Criminal Justice
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Jayne Mooney

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Carla Shedd

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • Urban Education
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Lucia Trimbur

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • American Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Education

Paul Attewell faculty

Paul Attewell

Distinguished Professor

  • Urban Education

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Social Welfare

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Juan Battle

Executive Officer and Professor

  • Nursing

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Africana Studies
Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Julia Wrigley

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Ethnography

Distinguished Professor Nancy Foner

Nancy Foner

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • International Migration Studies
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Philip Kasinitz

Director

  • Advanced Research Collaborative

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Presidential Professor

  • Africana Studies
Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Lucia Trimbur

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • American Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Families

Faculty by Specialization

Gender and Sexuality

Juan Battle professor photo

Juan Battle

Executive Officer and Professor

  • Nursing

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Africana Studies
Janet Gornick photo faculty

Janet Gornick

Director

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Political Science

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Professor

  • Women's Studies
Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Susan Markens

Assistant Professor

  • Sociology

Assistant Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Leslie McCall

Associate Director

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • Political Science

Presidential Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Ruth Milkman

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology
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Lucia Trimbur

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • American Studies
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Anahi Viladrich

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • International Migration Studies
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Julia Wrigley

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Globalization, Development and Environment

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Kenneth A. Gould

Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor

  • Sociology
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Tammy L. Lewis

Professor

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor

  • Sociology
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Anahi Viladrich

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Labor, Work, Professions and Organizations

Paul Attewell faculty

Paul Attewell

Distinguished Professor

  • Urban Education

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Social Welfare

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Janet Gornick photo faculty

Janet Gornick

Director

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Political Science

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Susan Markens

Assistant Professor

  • Sociology

Assistant Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Ruth Milkman

Distinguished Professor

  • History

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Faculty by Specialization

Medical Sociology/Public Health

Headshot: Amy Adamczyk

Amy Adamczyk

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Criminal Justice
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Mary Clare Lennon

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Susan Markens

Assistant Professor

  • Sociology

Assistant Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Holly Reed

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Quantitative Methods/Demography

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Deborah Balk

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Economics

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Juan Battle professor photo

Juan Battle

Executive Officer and Professor

  • Nursing

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Africana Studies
Mary Clare Lennon faculty photo

Mary Clare Lennon

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Professor

  • Women's Studies
Van Tran, Photo Credit: Alex Irklievski

Van C. Tran

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Race, Ethnicity and Migration

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Deborah Balk

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Economics

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Juan Battle professor photo

Juan Battle

Executive Officer and Professor

  • Nursing

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Liberal Studies

Professor

  • Social Welfare

Professor

  • Africana Studies
Mucahit Bilici - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Mucahit Bilici

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Associate Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies
Distinguished Professor Nancy Foner

Nancy Foner

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • International Migration Studies
Philip Kasinitz faculty photo

Philip Kasinitz

Director

  • Advanced Research Collaborative

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Presidential Professor

  • Africana Studies
Wendy Luttrell

Wendy Luttrell

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Psychology

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies
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Leslie McCall

Associate Director

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • Political Science

Presidential Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
John Mollenkopf faculty

John Mollenkopf

Director

  • Center for Urban Research

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Political Science

Distinguished Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Holly Reed

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies
Carla Shedd faculty photo

Carla Shedd

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • Urban Education
Van Tran, Photo Credit: Alex Irklievski

Van C. Tran

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies
Lucia Trimbur - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Lucia Trimbur

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • American Studies
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Anahi Viladrich

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Religion

Headshot: Amy Adamczyk

Amy Adamczyk

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Criminal Justice
Mucahit Bilici - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Mucahit Bilici

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Associate Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies
Torpey headshot

John Torpey

Director

  • Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

Director

  • European Union Studies Center

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • History

Faculty by Specialization

Social and Critical Theory

Mucahit Bilici - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Mucahit Bilici

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Associate Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies
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Marnia Lazreg

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Middle Eastern Studies

Professor

  • Women's Studies

Professor

  • French
Torpey headshot

John Torpey

Director

  • Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

Director

  • European Union Studies Center

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • History

Faculty by Specialization

State, Social Class and Political Sociology

Paul Attewell faculty

Paul Attewell

Distinguished Professor

  • Urban Education

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Social Welfare

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
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Leslie McCall

Associate Director

  • Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • Political Science

Presidential Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Holly Reed - Associate Professor -  profile photo

Holly Reed

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies
Carla Shedd faculty photo

Carla Shedd

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • Urban Education
Torpey headshot

John Torpey

Director

  • Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

Director

  • European Union Studies Center

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • History
Van Tran, Photo Credit: Alex Irklievski

Van C. Tran

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies
Julia-Wrigley-200x200-Dec2018 faculty photo

Julia Wrigley

Professor

  • Urban Education

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Women's Studies

Faculty by Specialization

Urban Sociology

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Deborah Balk

Professor

  • Sociology

Professor

  • Economics

Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Distinguished Professor Nancy Foner

Nancy Foner

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • International Migration Studies
Philip Kasinitz faculty photo

Philip Kasinitz

Director

  • Advanced Research Collaborative

Presidential Professor

  • Sociology

Presidential Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Presidential Professor

  • Africana Studies
John Mollenkopf faculty

John Mollenkopf

Director

  • Center for Urban Research

Distinguished Professor

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor

  • Political Science

Distinguished Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Distinguished Professor

  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
Carla Shedd faculty photo

Carla Shedd

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • Urban Education
Van Tran, Photo Credit: Alex Irklievski

Van C. Tran

Associate Professor

  • Sociology

Associate Professor

  • International Migration Studies

Emeritus Faculty

Richard Alba faculty

Richard Alba

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Africana Studies
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Sophia Catsambis

Professor Emerita

  • Educational Psychology

Professor Emerita

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor Emerita

  • Sociology
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Patricia Clough

Professor Emerita

  • Women's Studies

Professor Emerita

  • Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

Professor Emerita

  • Sociology
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Samuel Heilman

Emeritus Faculty

  • Sociology

Emeritus Faculty

  • Middle Eastern Studies
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Judith Lorber

Professor Emerita

  • Women's Studies

Professor Emerita

  • Sociology
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Frances Fox Piven

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Political Science

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Women's Studies
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Catherine Silver

Professor Emerita

  • Women's Studies

Professor Emerita

  • Sociology
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Stephen Steinberg

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Sociology

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Africana Studies
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Bryan Turner

Presidential Professor Emeritus

  • Sociology

Professor Emeritus

  • Middle Eastern Studies
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Sharon Zukin

Professor Emerita

  • Sociology

Professor Emerita

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences