Full-Time Faculty


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Associate Professor/Undergraduate Advisor


(657) 278-4906


  Professor Alvarez's research interests include economic Sociology, poverty and inequality, historical comparative Sociology, public policy, race/ethnicity, and technology studies.

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Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Advisor




  Professor Ashtiani's research interests include race/ethnicity, crime, law, and deviance, inequality and stratification, education, and immigration.

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Associate Professor/Graduate Advisor


(657) 278-7634


 Professor Chin's research interests include immigration, racial and ethnic identity, youth, popular culture, Asian American communities, and qualitative methodologies.

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(657) 278-5420


 Professor Collins' research interests include gender/sexualities/queer studies; critical globalizations, post-colonial theory and development, transnational feminist activism, urban communities, and qualitative research epistimologies.

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Professor/Director of Faculty Affairs and Records


edcollom@fullerton.eduOpens in new window  

Professor Collom's research interests include Sociology of Work and Occupations, Social Movements, Social Networks, Social Inequality, and Sociology of Education.

Please note: Dr. Collom is currently the Director of Faculty Affairs and RecordsOpens in new window . He is not currently teaching within the Sociology Department.

Photo of Professor Taylor Cruz, Ph.D Taylor Cruz, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 


(657) 278-2359


 Professor Cruz's research interests include  Health Politics and Policy, Sociology of Health and Illness, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Social Policy, Sociological Theory, and Qualitative Methods.

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(657) 278-2755


 Professor Fontdevila's research interests include health and illness, sexualities, HIV/AIDS, Latino populations, migration, microsociology, emotions, sociolinguistics and networks, and sociological theory.

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Assistant Professor


(657) 278-3531


Professor Gibson's research focuses on the intersection of economic markets and social policy, with special attention to environmental governance.

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(657) 278-7044


 Professor Kim's research interests include race/ethnicity, immigration, religion, Asian Americans, and social inequality.

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Associate Professor




 Professor Literte's research interests include race/ethnicity, social inequalities, higher education, and urban Sociology.

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Associate Professor

On Sabbatical for Fall 2021.  Will return in Spring 2022.


(657) 278-2462


 Professor Lopez's research interests include race, class, gender, & sexualities, critical globalizations & postcolonial studies.

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Associate Professor/Undergraduate Advisor


(657) 278-8364


 Professor Malagon's research interests include Chicana and women of color feminist epistemologies, critical race theory & Latina/o critical theory, racialized masculinities in education, remedial and alternative education, Sociology of education, and urban youth identity and resistance.

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Professor/Faculty Athletics Representative


(657) 278-3022


 Professor Perez's research interests include critical race studies, race, ethnic and indigenous relations, Native Pacific studies, Sociology of sports, education and critical pedagogy, deviance, and delinquency.

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(657) 278-2737


 Professor Rakovski's research interests include Sociology of work and occupations, intersectionality and healthcare workers, employment and health, and drug policy.

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Associate Professor/Undergraduate Advisor


(657) 278-8416

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Professor Thacker Thomas' research interests include intimate partner, family, and interpersonal violence; gender and victimization; law enforcement and the criminal justice system; and corrections, penology, and re-entry.

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Professor/Department Chair


(657) 278-3188


Professor Torr's research interests include family, demography, migration, applied research, race/ethnicity, and health.


Department Chair Office Hours: For fall 2021, Dr. Torr has office hours appointments available in-person, via ZOOM or phone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10-11:30am.
Please make an appointment through Dr. Torr's appointment linkOpens in new window .
If you would like to email her, please be sure to include your name, CWID and the reason you would like to speak with her.

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Assistant Professor


(657) 278-2770


Professor Traylor's research interests include motherhood at the intersection of criminalization, re-entry decision-making strategies for women during the re-entry process, and the implications of criminalization and subsequent incarceration for vulnerable families and communities.

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Professor / Vice Chair


(657) 278-2742


Professor Walsh's research interests include research methods, inequality; race, theory, race, class, gender, multiracial families, and education inequalities.