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derberCharles Derber
Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Socioeconomic issues in America; American economic and political policy; global economy; Word Trade Organization; labor issues; social justice; corporate downsizing; corporate social responsibility; class division and inequality in American society; American capitalism. Author or co-author of a number of books, Greed to Green; Pursuit of Attention: Power and Ego in Everyday Life;Corporation Nation: How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Lives and What We Can Do About It; The Wilding Of America: Greed, Violence, and the New American Dream; Regime Change Begins at Home; People before Profit, among many others. Courses include: "Peace or War?"; "Introduction to Social and Political Economy"; "Economic Crisis and Social Change."

617.552.4048
derber@bc.edu
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Lisa DodsonLisa Dodson
Research Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph. D., Brandeis University

Issues of poverty, economic injustice in the American workplace; working poor; labor issues. She is the author of The Moral Underground: How Ordinary People Subvert an Unfair Economy and Don’t Call Us Out of Name: The Untold Lives of Women and Girls in Poor America.

lisa.dodson@bc.edu
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Sharlene Hesse-BiberSharlene Hesse-Biber
Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Relationship between body image and self-esteem; eating disorders; anorexia nervosa; bulimia; weight and body image obsession; body art; women's studies; feminism; women and work. Former director of Women's Studies at Boston College. Author of the book Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity. Co-author of the books Aging in Society; Politics of Aging; and Women at Work. Courses include: "Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology"; "Women and Work."

617.552.4139

hesse@bc.edu
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Michael Malec
Associate Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. Purdue University

The sociology of sports; the effects of sports on children; sports and social issues. Editor of and contributor to the book The Social Roles of Sport in Caribbean Societies. Former editor of the Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Served as president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. Courses include: "Sports in American Society"; "Caribbean Cultures."

617.552.4131
malec@bc.edu
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C. Shawn McGuffey
Associate Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph. D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Race, class, gender; racial identity; social psychology; trauma; childhood. Courses: "Trauma, Culture & Coping"; "Black Families and Society" and "Race, Class and Gender."

mcguffey@bc.edu
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Paul SchervishPaul Schervish
Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Director, Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP) 
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Wealth and philanthropy; altruism and spirituality in society. Director of BC's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, a multidisciplinary center specializing in research on the social and political implications of economic relations. Schervish directed the Study on Wealth and Philanthropy, an examination of the strategies of living and giving among 130 millionaires, the Bankers Trust Private Banking Wealth with Responsibility Study/2000, a study of 109 individuals with net worth in excess of $5 million regarding their charitable giving and volunteering, attitudes about social issues, socially responsible investing, trust and estate planning, and the transfer of values to heirs. With Havens, he published the landmark report "Millionaires and the Millennium: New Estimates of the Forthcoming Wealth Transfer and the Prospects for a Golden Age of Philanthropy", which estimates the wealth transfer over the next half-century to be between $41 trillion and $136 trillion. Schervish has published in the areas of philanthropy, the sociology of money, the sociology of wealth, labor markets, and sociology of religion. He is editor of and contributor to the book Wealth in Western Thought: The Case for and Against Riches; principal editor of Care and Community in Modern Society and principal author of Taking Giving Seriously and Gospels of Wealth: How the Rich Portray their Lives.

617.552.4040
paul.schervish@bc.edu
http://www.bc.edu/research/cwp/about/staff/schervish.html

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Juliet SchorJuliet Schor
Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Consumer society, trends in work and leisure, and the relationship between work and family. Sustainable living. Schor is the author of the books Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth; Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture; The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure; and The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. Schor teaches courses on consumer society, political economy, and gender. She is also a founding member of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to making U.S. lifestyles more sustainable.

617-552-4056
juliet.schor@bc.edu
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Eve SpanglerEve Spangler
Associate Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Occupational and environmental health hazards; sexual harassment in the workplace; work and inequality. Courses have included: "Social Theory" and "Inequality in America."

617.554.4146
eve.spangler@bc.edu
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williamsonJohn Williamson
Professor, Sociology Department
College of Arts & Sciences
Ph.D. Harvard University

Comparative social welfare policies; generational equity and justice; US Social Security policy; privatization of Social Security; comparative social security systems; pension policies. Author, co-author or editor of books including The Generational Equity Debate; The Senior Rights Movement: Framing the Policy Debate in America; Age, Class, Politics, and the Welfare State; Growing Old: The Social Problems of Aging; Politics of Aging: Power and Policy; and Old-Age Security in Comparative Perspective. Courses include: "Inequality in American Society"; "Aging and Society"; "Social Gerontology"; "Death and Dying."

617.552.8530
john.williamson@bc.edu
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