Faculty


Lisa Barnett

Lisa A. Barnett

Associate Professor of Sociology

B.S.J., Northwestern University
M.A., Ph.D., Washington State University

Dr. Barnett's primary interest is in the role that culture plays in establishing and perpetuating social inequality, and she has published work in this area. Her other areas of interest include deviance/social control, popular culture, stratification, social psychology, and the functions of education in society. In addition to various introductory level classes, she teaches the department's courses in research methods, deviant behavior, and small groups, as well as a variety of special “topics” courses such as medical sociology.  Dr. Barnett is the director of Coe’s Social & Criminal Justice program.


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Emily Bowman

Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Hanover College
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. Bowman enjoys examining how socio-political institutions and processes shape the distribution of public goods.  Although her research thus focuses on the welfare state writ large, public educational policy is of particular interest to her because of its central role in producing and reproducing inequality.  She is also interested in public sociology and is committed to making connections between the classroom and the community.  She teaches courses at Coe in introductory sociology, social theory, political sociology, social change, sociology of religion, and sociology of education.


Julie Fairbanks

Julie Fairbanks

Associate Professor of Anthropology

B.S., Georgetown University
M.A., Harvard University
Ph.D., Indiana University

Dr. Fairbanks focuses on the ways that people display and maintain their identities, and her work has examined performance and memory in the Caucasus region of Russia, as well as the history of ethnography in this region.  She is the coordinator of the Anthropology Program, and she teaches introductory, methods, and theory courses in the program, along with courses on globalization, food, performance, memory, and Russia.  She and her students have worked with community partners on projects related to the environment and homelessness.


Dr. Katie Rodgers

Katie Rodgers

Assistant Professor of Sociology

B.A., Coe College
M.A., Rutgers University
Ph.D. University of Oregon

 
Dr.Rodgers specializes in issues of race, class, and gender inequality, focusing on how these inequalities show up in a variety of social institutions. She has published work on inequality in sport, news media, and higher education. She is also particularly interested in inequalities in the justice system and restorative justice practices. All of her teaching centers issues of power and oppression and includes classes on the family, globalization, sport, race, and sexuality. She also teaches the department’s senior capstone class.


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Allen Fisher

Stead Family Professor of Sociology, Emeritus 

B.A., Spring Arbor College
M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Fisher's special teaching interests are the sociology of the family, the sociology of religion, gerontology (the study of the elderly), and poverty in the United States. His most recent published research is on adoption.