Sociology Faculty

We have expertise spanning the many specialized fields of sociology. We believe strongly in direct interaction with students, and we develop lasting relationships with our students that continue well beyond a major's four years at Davidson. This close link between students and faculty is one of the distinct advantages of an education at a liberal arts college like Davidson.

Moshi Herman

Moshi Herman
Ph.D. Brown University

I'm a visiting professor at Davidson this year. My research interests are in the subfields of social demography, global political economy, international development, and global health. I teach courses in statistics, global political economy and development, introduction to demography/population studies, and global health and inequalities. 

Gayle Kaufman

Gayle Kaufman
Ph.D. Brown University

My research examines aspects of modern marriage, parenting, and family. I love teaching at Davidson because the college encourages professors to work with students on their research projects.

Hilton Kelly

Hilton Kelly
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

I'm a professor in educational studies, but I also teach cross-discipline in the Sociology Department, as I'm a specialist in the sociology of education. My research focuses on education in African-American history and culture.

Gerardo Marti

Gerardo Marti
Ph.D. University of Southern California

The focus of my research and teaching is race-ethnicity, religion, identity, and social change. I am most interested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like diversity, religious innovation, and generational differences in self-understanding. My courses are often seminar style and are best characterized by a cooperative process of critical thinking and analytical dialogue.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

I teach a variety of courses for communication studies, education, and sociology, including intercultural communication, media effects, women/men/communication, nonverbal communication, rhetorical criticism, public speaking, and argumentation and debate.

Bob Ruth

Robert Ruth
Ph.D. Duke University

Jessica Taft

Jessica Taft
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

My research combines four very different areas of sociology: social movements, childhood and youth, gender, and transnationalism and globalization. All of these areas intersect for me in the study of young people's participation in social movements in the United States and Latin America. I enjoy the process of conducting qualitative sociological research and teaching students how to develop and implement their own research projects.