We have a distinguished faculty with a commitment to world-class research, teaching, and service. Many hold leadership positions in various professional associations. We embrace methodological pluralism. Our faculty members publish widely in major sociological journals and multidisciplinary journals, and many write influential books.

Their teaching and mentoring is reflected in our award winning students and alumni. Students work closely with faculty on research and publication projects and we have many examples of co-authored publications between faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate. We encourage a very broad interdisciplinary approach to sociological inquiry and a collaborative, flexible learning environment in which students can achieve their full potential.

The Faculty Clusters page is intended to help graduate students form committees for their M.A. theses, area exams, and dissertations. Keep in mind when viewing it that we do have faculty in specialty areas not included on the clusters page, and that students are also free to solicit faculty from other departments within BC and from other universities to serve on their committees.

Ali Banuazizi
Affiliated Faculty
Professor, Department of Political Science

Political Cultures of the Middle East; Comparative Study of Religion, Civil Society, and Politics in the Middle East; and Iran’s Social History and Contemporary Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations

Severyn Bruyn
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Social Economy, Cultural Studies

Lisa Dodson
Research Professor
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Women, Families, and Poverty; Policy Analysis/Public Policy; Qualitative Methodology

Eva Garroutte
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University

Native American Studies; Health Disparities; Racial and Ethnic Identity; Medical Communication; Religion; Storytelling

David Karp
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., New York University

Social Psychology, Qualitative Methodology, Mental Health

Kyoung-yim Kim
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Curriculum Vitae

Sport Sociology, Feminist Transnational/Postcolonial Studies of Sport and Physical Cultural Studies

M. Brinton Lykes
Affiliated Faculty
Professor, Lynch School of Education

Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department
Associate Director, Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Lynda Lytle Holmstrom
Professor Emerita
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Medical Sociology, Family, Violence Against Women

Charlotte Ryan
Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Boston College

Community-based Participatory Research; Social Movements and Communication; Environmental and Climate Sociology; Public Sociology

Paul G. Schervish
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Religion, Theory, Philanthropy

David Takeuchi
Affiliated Faculty
Boston College School of Social Work
Professor; Associate Dean for Research; Dorothy Book Scholar

Racial and Social Inequalities in Health, Social Stratification, Help Seeking and Access to Care, Social Environments and Place, Culture and Cultural Processes

Ted Youn
Affiliated Faculty
Lynch School of Education
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Higher Education Department

Qualitative Methods; Sociology of Education; Organizational Theory in Higher Education; Evolution of the Academic Profession; Politics of Education; Social Studies of The American Elite