Oct 25, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology/Social Research

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About the Department

The core agenda of the Hunter College Sociology Department is to instruct students in a major that develops critical skills and social awareness and is also part of a broad and rich liberal arts curriculum. The Sociology Department at Hunter College has been built with the comprehensive aim of including most of the various facets of the sociological enterprise, including: theoretical/philosophical sociologists, field and quantitative researchers, criminologists, critical and feminist theorists, specialists in media studies and consumer behavior, micro-sociologists, students of global and international studies, urban studies, and specialists in computer-based research programs.

At Hunter College, our Sociology Department faculty members fulfill a triple mission as teachers, researchers/scholars and as active members of the larger Hunter community. First, as teachers, we take seriously the rich diversity of Hunter’s student body by offering courses that emphasize both local and global perspectives. We use New York City as a “laboratory” in many of our courses at both the undergraduate and master’s levels including “Intro,” urban sociology, quantitative methods and statistics, race/ethnicity, immigration, consumer behavior, criminology and gender studies. We also offer courses on international development and globalization. Our strength in the fields of race/ethnicity and immigration, as well as in a range of other established subfields, allows us to incorporate sociological perspectives with an appreciation of Hunter students’ wonderfully diverse backgrounds and experience. Nearly all the courses that are given in these various specializations are offered on a more or less regular basis and are nearly always fully subscribed since students who are not majors also take our courses in large numbers. Both in our undergraduate and graduate programs, we encourage faculty to develop new electives on a regular basis so as to keep our curriculum up to date and interesting for students.

At the graduate level, our Master of Science in Social Research program is successful at preparing students for careers in applied sociology, and at making it possible for students to secure jobs in the non-profit, governmental and corporate world that may have traditionally been closed to them. The Master’s program (“GSR”) is nationally recognized as a model for integrating the applied with the theoretical in training students for the professional world. Our combined BA/MS Program also gives students who already attend Hunter an opportunity to remain engaged with their studies while becoming integrated into a community of sociologists.

Programs and Courses

Programs and Courses in Sociology/Social Research 

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

1622 West
(212) 772-5587


Charles Green
1622 West
(212) 772-5635

Program Director and Adviser:

Howard Lune
1601 West
(212) 772-5641
Website: http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/socio/grad/i.html

Area advisers for specializations within MS in Social Research 

Michael Wood
Market Research and Consumer Behavior
(212) 772-5581

Claus Mueller
Media Research and Analysis
(212) 772-5647

Janet Poppendieck
Research and Policy Analysis in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
(212) 772-5583

Marnia Lazreg
Research in International Development
(212) 772-5570


Lynn Chancer, Professor; PhD, CUNY; Race/Class/Gender, Criminology/Delinquency

Erica Childs, Assistant Professor; PhD, Fordham; Race/Gender/Sexuality, Family, Media/Popular Culture

Margaret Chin, Assistant Professor; PhD Columbia; Family, Qualitative Research Methods 

Thomas DeGloma, Assistant Professor; PhD, Rutgers; Culture, Cognition/memory, Symbolic Interaction, and Sociological Theory

Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor; PhD, Chicago; Migration and Immigration, Race/Class/Gender, Urban Sociology; Joint Appointment with Graduate Center

Charles Green, Professor and Department Chair; PhD, Rutgers; Ethnic and Race Relations, Urban Sociology, Development

Marc Halling, Lecturer; BA, Minnesota; Social Theory, Medical Sociology, Media and Culture

John Hammond, Professor; PhD, Chicago; Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Political Sociology, Work and Labor Markets 

Donald J. Hernandez, Professor; PhD., University of California, Berkeley; Demography, Family, Children/Youth/Public Policy 

Manfred Kuechler, Professor; PhD, Bielefeld (Germany); Political Sociology, Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Quantitative Methodology

Marnia Lazreg, Professor; PhD, NYU; Development, Political Economy, Cultural Movements, Gender, Biotechnology 

Howard Lune, Associate Professor; PhD, NYU; Organizations, Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Research Methods, Urban Sociology

Claus Mueller, Professor; PhD, New School for Social Research; Media Research and Analysis, Political Sociology

Joong-Hwan Oh, Associate Professor; PhD, South Carolina; Urban Criminology, Global Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations

Janet Poppendieck, Professor; PhD, Brandeis; Family, Social Policy

Ruth Sidel, Professor; PhD, Union; Children and Youth, Sex and Gender, Stratification/Mobility/Inequality

Pamela Stone, Professor; PhD, Johns Hopkins; Work and Labor Markets, Sex and Gender, Occupations/Professions

Peter Tuckel, Professor; PhD, NYU; Quantitative Methodology, Political Sociology

Michael Wood, Associate Professor; PhD, Texas; Consumer Behavior, Economy and Society, Cultural Sociology

Affiliated Faculty

Jeanne Weiler, Associate Professor; PhD, SUNY-Buffalo; Education, Comparative/Historical, Applied Sociology/Evaluation Research

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