Faculty & Staff

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.

color photo of Joseph C. Woodzie, sociology

Joseph C. Ewoodzie, Jr.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

My master's thesis, since turned into a book manuscript titled Break Beats in the Bronx: Revisiting Hip Hop's Early Years, focuses on a crucial span of time surprisingly under-examined in previous studies: 1975-79. I moved to Jackson, Miss. to conduct an ethnographic study of African Americans. For nearly a year, I followed more than a dozen economically diverse black Jacksonians to observe and experience how they make decisions about food.

Gayle Kaufman

Gayle Kaufman (Interim Chair)
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 (On Sabbatical 2015-16)
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.

head shot of Iva Petkova, visiting assistant professor of Sociology

Iva Petkova
Ph.D. Columbia University

My research focuses on the creative processes of change in global fashion organizations in New York, London, Paris and Milan and the complex relationship of the fashion industry with accepting a new internet culture of branding and marketing with online fashion technology start-ups. At Davidson I teach about culture, media and creativity in the digital age, social networks, organizing innovation and sociological theory, and I am particularly excited to teach ethnography and share my passion for qualitative research in complex organizational settings.

Cheryl Branz
Administrative Assistant