Faculty Clusters

Faculty clusters are groups of faculty members with common areas of expertise who agree to serve on area examination committees on a regular basis. They are listed here to make it easier for graduate students to form committees for their area exams, as well as for their M.A. theses and dissertations. Keep in mind when viewing it that we do have faculty in specialty areas not included on this page and even the faculty listed below have other specialty areas not listed here. See our People page for a listing of faculty and individual pages for details. Students are also free to solicit faculty from other departments within Boston College and from other universities to serve on their committees.

For more information about the M.A., area exam, and dissertation requirements, see our graduate handbooks, in particular the Guide to Graduate Study. You can also see abstracts for recent dissertations on our Recent Graduates page.


Advanced Statistical Methodology

Wen Fan, Assistant Professor
Andrew Jorgenson, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Sara Moorman, Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Natalia Sarkisian, Associate Professor

Aging and the Life Course

Wen Fan, Assistant Professor
Sara Moorman, Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Natalia Sarkisian, Associate Professor

Critical Studies of Culture, Media, and Consumer Society

Zine Magubane, Associate Professor
Stephen J. Pfohl, Professor
Juliet Schor, Professor

Economic Sociology

Sarah Babb, Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Andrew Jorgenson, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Juliet Schor, Professor

Environmental Sociology

Charles Derber, Professor
Brian Gareau, Associate Professor
Andrew Jorgenson, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Juliet Schor, Professor

Family and Carework

Wen Fan, Assistant Professor
Stephen J. Pfohl, Professor
Natalia Sarkisian, Associate Professor

Gender, Race, Class

Zine Magubane, Associate Professor
Stephen J. Pfohl, Professor
Natalia Sarkisian, Associate Professor

Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Theory

Wen Fan, Assistant Professor
Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Professor
Zine Magubane, Associate Professor
Stephen J. Pfohl, Professor
Natalia Sarkisian, Associate Professor

Global and Transnational Sociology

Sarah Babb, Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Julia Chuang, Assistant Professor
Brian Gareau, Associate Professor
Andrew Jorgenson, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor
Gustavo Morello, Associate Professor

Political Sociology

Sarah Babb, Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Julia Chuang, Assistant Professor
Brian Gareau, Associate Professor
Andrew Jorgenson, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor
Gustavo Morello, Associate Professor
Stephen J. Pfohl, Professor

Social Theory

Brian Gareau, Associate Professor
Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor
Zine Magubane, Associate Professor
Stephen J. Pfohl, Professor
Eve Spangler, Associate Professor

Sociology of Development

Sarah Babb, Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Julia Chuang, Assistant Professor
Brian Gareau, Associate Professor
Andrew Jorgenson, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Ali Kadivar, Assistant Professor
Juliet Schor, Professor