Loyola University Maryland

Department of Sociology

Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff

Phyllis Krivak

Sociology Department Administrative Assistant
Beatty Hall 303


Dr. Michelle I. Gawerc

GawercAssociate Professor
Beatty Hall 306

Research Interests and Activities: Dr. Gawerc’s main research interests lie at the intersections of social movements and peace and conflict studies. Her primary area of focus is Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, although her teaching interests extend more generally to societies in or emerging from protracted conflict

Courses Frequently Taught: SC102 Societies and Institutions, SC339 Conflict, War and Peace, SC376 Israel/Palestine: Conflict Narratives, Media Framing and Peacebuilding, SC377 Social Movements and Social Protest, SC441 Seminar: Reconciliation and Justice after (and during) Violent Conflict.

See Michelle Gawerc's bio.

Dr. Joshua Hendrick

HendrickAssociate Professor
Beatty Hall 308

Research Interests and Activities: Dr. Hendrick’s teaching and research interests overlap in the fields of political sociology, social movements, the sociology of religion, human rights, and development studies with a primary regional focus in Turkey, and a secondary focus in the broader Middle East.  

Courses Frequently Taught: SC102 Societies and Institutions, SC378 Islamic Political Identity and Activism, SC373 Sociology of Human Rights, SC374 Sociology of Development, Theory, SC344 Qualitative Sociological Inquiry. Dr. Hendrick teaches in Honors Program.

See Joshua Hendrick's bio

Dr. Julie Knight

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Beatty Hall 315

Research Interests and Activities:  Dr. Knight’s research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, including economic sociology, human geography and globalization.  Her most recent research focuses on understanding the complex motivations of transnational migrants.

Courses Frequently Taught: SC102 Societies and Institutions, SC440 Global Sociology..

Dr. Amanda Konradi

Assistant ProfessorDr. Amanda Konradi arms folded in a purple sweater.
Beatty Hall 313
410-617-5401 (e-mail is preferred)

Research Interests and Activities: Dr. Konradi's current research focuses on rare disease patients' negotiation of cranio-facial differences. She has also investigated the prosecution of sexual assault and gendering of the criminal justice process, and campus based adjudication of sexual assault. 

Courses Frequently Taught: SC101 Self and Society, SC210 Introduction to Gender Studies, SC331 Deviance and Social Control, SC342 Social Research Methods, SC344 Qualitative Sociological Inquiry, SC367 Criminal Justice, SC498 Forensic Studies Experience, SC430 Gender and Justice. Dr. Konradi participates in Messina.

See Amanda Konradi's bio and C.V

William Sheppard, MA

Affiliate Instructor
Beatty Hall  315

Research Interests and Activities: Mr. Sheppard's current research includes the analysis of cultural systems of power including ethnicity, race and religion through the study of material culture in Historic Archaeology. Mr. Sheppard has conducted and directed research and excavations of archaeological sites in the Eastern United States ranging from Late Woodland Native American, early Colonial through late 18th and 19th century domestic and industrial sites.

Courses Frequently Taught: SOC 104 Cultural Anthropology

See William Sheppard's C.V.

Dr. Nicole ShoenbergerNicole Shoenberger portrait

Assistant Professor
Beatty Hall 312

Research Interests and Activities: Dr. Shoenberger’s main teaching and research interests include criminal justice, deviance, criminology, delinquency, criminal forensics, and research methods. Within these concentrations she has focused on positive deviance, criminological theory, and disproportionate minority contact in the criminal justice system

Courses Frequently Taught: SC 107 Social Problems, SC 260 Criminal Justice, and SC 333 Juvenile Delinquency

See Nicole Shoenberger's bio.

Dr. Jason Singh

Visiting Affiliate Professor
Beatty Hall 315

Research Interests and Activities: Dr. Singh is a comprehensively trained sociologist with theoretical and practical interests in social structure, cultural representations, and individual agency. His current research contributes to understanding the dynamics associated with religious identity, change, and stabilization at the personal and organizational levels of analysis by utilizing historical and qualitative methodologies. In providing an interpretation of social events and cultural phenomena, Dr. Singh finds rich explanation in engaging with several variations of phenomenology, rational choice theory, and the secularization paradigm.

Courses taught: SC 102, Societies and Institutions; SC 103 American Society; SC 224 Sociology of Religion

See Jason Singh’s C.V.


Dr. H. Lovell Smith

Assistant Professor
Beatty Hall 314

Courses Frequently Taught: SC103 American Society, SC221 Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender, SC361 Social Inequality, SC343 Survey Design and Analysis,SC365 Neighborhood and Community in Urban America, SC448 Seminar: Analyzing Race, Class, and Gender.

See Lovell Smith's bio.

Jill-Kristi Tyler, MSW, LCSW-C

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Beatty Hall 315

Courses Frequently Taught: SC214Introduction to Social Work, SC309Child Welfare

See  Jill-Kristi Tyler's bio.

Dr. Barbara Vann

Dr. Barbara Vann posing arms folded.

Associate Professor & Department Chair
Beatty Hall 305

Research Interests and Activities: Dr. Vann's research interests are focused on post-communism in the Czech Republic. Most recently, she has interviewed former political prisoners forced to work in uranium mines under Stalin.

Courses Frequently Taught: SC101 Self and Society, SC210 Introduction to Gender Studies, SC366 Sociology of Sexuality, SC355 Sociological Theory, SC230 Introduction to Czech Culture and Society, SC361  Social Inequality, SC421   Seminar: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality. Dr. Vann participates in the Messina program.

See Barbara Vann's bio, or view her CV (PDF)

Retired Faculty

Dr. Michael G. Burton Burton

Professor Emeritus, Retired 2011



Dr. Jai P. Ryu

Professor Emeritus, Retired 2012


KeaneM. Antonia Keane, MA

Associate Professor Emerita, Retired 2015
(deceased 2018)



PeyrotDr. Mark Peyrot

Professor, Retired 2018

See Mark Peyrot's  C.V.


Barbara Vann

Barbara Vann, Ph.D.

Her passion for sociology led Barbara Vann, Ph.D., to research and teaching on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability