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Master's Program In Applied Sociology
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Sociology Faculty

Dr. Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson’s research focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and capitalism in the War on Terror and its concurrent gendered and racialized impact on US Muslims.

 Areas of interest and specialization: Race, class, gender, sexuality; racial/ethnicstudies, and transnational feminisms.

Selected Publications:

  • Alimahomed, Sabrina.  2011.  “Generation Islam: Arab Americans and Racial Politics after 9/11.”  Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts 4(3): 381-397.
  • Alimahomed, Sabrina.  2010.  “Thinking Outside of the Rainbow:  Women of Color Redefining Queer Politics and Identity.”  Social Identities: Journal of Race, Nation, and Culture 16(2): 151-168.
  • Edna Bonacich, Sabrina Alimahomed, and Jake B. Wilson.  2008.  “The Racialization of Global Labor.”  American Behavioral Scientist 52(3): 342-355.


Dr. Nielan Barness research focus on how activists shape the convergence of immigrant and migrant health policies and service programs between Mexico, the United States and Canada. Past research projects include investigating how AIDS organizations in Mexico use transnational networks to impact health policy and solve health service disparities, and Rapid Assessment and Response Evaluations of HIV/AIDS risk in Latino, Black and Transgender populations. Dr. Barnes has received research awards from the Canadian Embassy, the US Fulbright Commission, and the Ford Foundation.

Areas of interest and specialization: Medical sociology, health disparities, the AIDS epidemic, non-profit organizations and the voluntary sector, transnational networks and social movements, community-based research methods.

Selected Publications:

  • Barnes, Nielan. Forthcoming. “Canada-US-Mexico Integration: Assessing (Im)migrant Health Policy Convergence.” International Journal of Canadian Studies.
  • Barnes, Nielan. 2011. “North American Integration? Civil Society and Immigrant Health Policy Convergence.” Politics and Policy. Vol 39. No. 1: 69-89.
  • Barnes, Nielan. 2010. “Social Network Analysis in Transnational Settings: The Case of Mexico City’s AIDS CBOs.” Social Medicine, Vol. 5 No.1.
  • Barnes, Nielan. 2008. “Paradoxes and Asymmetries of Transnational Networks: A Comparative Case Study of Mexico’s Community-Based AIDS Organizations,” Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 66, No. 4 (Feb): 933-944.
  • Barnes, Nielan. 2007. “Re-Conceptualizing Transnational Network Theory and Research” with Katherine Reilly and Francis Pisani in Redes transnacionales en la Cuenca de los Huracanes. Un aporte al estudio de las relaciones interamericanas, Francis Pisani, Natalia Saltalamacchia Ziccardi, Arlene Tickner and Nielan Barnes, eds., México, Miguel Angel Porrúa-ITAM.
  • Barnes, Nielan. 2002. “Collaboration between the U.S. and Mexican HIV/AIDS Sectors: The Role of Community-Based Organizations and Federal HIV/AIDS Funding Policies in Creating a Binational Political-Organizational Field” in Vol. 22 No. 4/5/6 of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.


Dr. Norma Stoltz Chinchilla’s research focuses on social and economic change in Latin America and on Central American immigration to the U.S. She is a co-author with Nora Hamilton of an award winning book Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles (Temple University Press, 2001) and is currently working on a book with Professor Kristine Zentgraf on immigrant family separation. She is currently a co-Chair of the Sociology Department.

Areas of interest and expertise: Globalization and immigration from Central America, the immigrants’ rights movement in the U.S., feminism and women’s movements in Latin America.

Selected Publications:

  • Kristine Zentgraf and Norma Chinchilla. Forthcoming February 2012. “Transnational Family Separation: A Framework for Analysis.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Ana Lorena Carillo and Norma Stoltz Chinchilla. 2010. “From Urban Elite to Peasant Organizing: Agendas, Accomplishments, and challenges of Thirty-plus Years of Guatemalan Feminism” in Women’s Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship, Elizabeth Maier and Nathalie Lebon, eds., New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
  • Norma Chinchilla and Liesl Haas. 2007. “De Protesta a Propuesta: Feminism in Latin America,” Latin America After Neo-Liberalism: Turning the Tide in the 21st Century? Eric Hershberg and Fred Rosen, New York: New Press.
  • Norma Chinchilla. 2007. “Central Americans: Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans,” in Mary Waters and Reed Ueda, eds., The New Americans, Harvard University Press.
  • Ana Lorena Carillo and Norma Stoltz Chinchilla. 2006. “De Feminina Sapiens a Kaq’la 30 anos de Feminismo en Guatemala, in Elizabeth Maier and Nathalie Lebon, eds., De lo Privado a lo publico: 30 anos de lucha ciudadana de las mujeres, Mexico, D.F.: Siglo XXI Editores.
  • Norma Stoltz Chinchilla and Nora Hamilton. 2005. “Globalization, International Migration, and Transnationalism: Some Observations Based on the Central American Experience,” in Richard P. Appelbaum and William T. Robinson, eds., Critical Globalization Studies, Routledge.
  • Nora Hamilton and Norma Stoltz Chinchilla. 2004. “Central Americans in the United States: Diverse Populations, Changing Communities in David G. Gutierrez, eds., The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States since 1960, Columbia University Press. (with seven other authors) “Encountering Latin American and Caribbean Feminisms, SIGNS, Fall 2002.


Dr. Shelley Eriksen’s research interests focus on the intersection of gender, families and health within national and international contexts.  She has conducted original research on adult sibling relationships, family environment correlates of sibling violence, and the relationship between sibling violence, peer aggression and bullying.  She has also examined the confluence of gender, race, class and age with cosmetic surgery usage—and the emergence of cosmetic surgery medical markets–in the U.S. and internationally.  Recent research explores the family, school, community and health care contexts fueling the growing pandemic of type 2 diabetes in school-age children.  Dr. Eriksen is in the early stages of assessing current world-wide gender violence prevention strategies, with special attention to nascent efforts underway in particular regions of the world like China and India.

Dr. Eriksen is currently the Director of Community/Campus Initiatives for MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) Strategies, founded by Dr. Jackson Katz.

 Areas of interest and specialization: Gender, family, health, violence prevention as a public health issue.

Selected publications:

  • Shelley Eriksen.  2012. “’ To cut or not to cut:  Cosmetic surgery usage and women’s age-related experiences,” International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 74(1), 1-24.
  • Shelley Eriksen and Beth Manke.  2011. “’Because being fat means being sick:  Chilren at risk of Type 2 diabetes,” Sociological Inquiry, 81(4), 549-589. Eriksen, Shelley and Sara Goering.  2011.  “A test of the agency hypothesis in women’s cosmetic surgery usage,” Sex Roles, 64(11-12), 888-901.
  • Shelley Eriksen and Beth Manke.  2009.  “Food as intangible heritage and cultural problematic.”  Sharing Cultures.   S. Lira, R. Amoeda, C. Pinheiro, J. Pinheiro & F. Oliveira (eds.), 193-200, Barcelos, Portugal:  Green Lines Institute.
  • Shelley Eriksen and Vickie Jensen.  2008. “A push or a punch: Distinguishing the severity of sibling violence,” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(1), 183-208.
  • Shelley J. Eriksen and Vickie Jensen.  2006. “All in the family?  Family environment factors in sibling violence,” Journal of Family Violence, 21, No. 8 (November), 497-507.
  • Shelley J. Eriksen and Naomi Gerstel.  2002.  “A labor of love or labor itself: Care work among adult brothers and sisters,” Journal of Family Issues, 23, 836-856.


Dr. Gary Hytrek’s research concerns globalization and its consequences; the politics and policies accelerating global integration; the local level effects and how communities adapt, resist, or accommodate disruptions generated by global processes. His current research is focused on Long Beach and explores the intersection of labor and community-based organization and attempts to enhance community well-being from 1900 to 2010. This research builds upon his interests in local empowerment and capacity building within the context of global change.

Dr. Hytrek is currently the Advisor for the M.A. program in Applied Sociology for the Department of Sociology.

 Areas of interest and specialization: Globalization, political sociology, community development, human rights, Latin America, Community-based participatory research.

Selected Publications:

  • Gary Hytrek, and Alfonso Hernández Márquez. Forthcoming 2012. “Path Dependency and Patterns of Collective Action: Space, Place, and Agency in Long Beach, California, 1900-1960.” Urban Geography.
  • Gary Hytrek. 2012. “The Building Healthy Communities, Long Beach Youth Collaborative: Year One Assessment Report.”  The California Endowment. 
  • Gary Hytrek. 2010. Health Risks and Perceptions of Air Quality: The West Long Beach Health Survey. The Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization.
  • Gary Hytrek. 2008. “From Ford to Gates: How Globalization is Transforming Patterns of Stratification in the United States.” In Globalization Comes Home: How Globalization is Transforming the West: Business and Economics, Volume III. Beverly Crawford and Michelle Bertho, eds. Praeger Press: 187-214.
  • Gary Hytrek,and Kristine Zentgraf. 2007. America Transformed: Globalization, Power, and Inequality. Oxford University Press.
  • Gi-Wook Shin and Gary Hytrek. 2002. “Social Conflict and Regime Formation: A Comparative Study of South Korea and Costa Rica.” International Sociology 17(4): 459 – 480.
  • Gary Hytrek. 2002. “La Escuela Bilingüe Para Los Latinos: Workplace Training Project.” BBRED Broadcast. Publication of the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development at Georgia Southern University. 2(1):1.
  • Gary Hytrek. 2001. “Subordinate Class Struggle and Institutional Formation: Explaining the Social Development Trajectories in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and South Korea.” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 38(2): 119-145.


Dr. Nancy Martin’s research interests span the broad fields of sociology of religion, gender, and social movements. Dr. Martin is working on three projects. The first examines how megachurches vary in how tightly or loosely they connect to the small groups within them and the implications of this for these churches. The second explores the role of religious groups in social protests from the 1960s to the 1980s. The third religious examines religious discourse as it relates to contemporary debates about gay marriage.

Areas of interest and specialization: Religion, gender, social movements, research methods.

 Selected Publications:

  • Nancy Martin. Forthcoming. “Assessing the Validity of Key Informant Reports about Congregations’ Social Composition,” Sociology of Religion.
  • Jessica L. Collett, Tiffiny E. Guidry, Nancy J. Martin, and Rebecca Sager. 2006. “Faith-Based Decisions? The Consequences of Heightened Religious Salience in Social Service Referral Decisions. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 45(1): 119-127.

 Dr. Varisa Patraporn’s

Areas of interest and specialization: Economic inequality in communities of color; Community-based organizations and social change; Community-based research; Mixed methods.

Selected Publications:  Forthcoming

Dr. Leakhena Nou’s research focuses on the epidemiology of stress and health/illness. Specifically, the stress process as it impacts first- and second-generation survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide (1975-79). Her recent research investigates symbolic meanings of human-sex trafficking in post-conflict Cambodia, and pays particular focus on the psychosocial health of survivors.

Dr. Nou is also a Visiting Scholar at the Asian Pacific American (A/P/A) Institute at New York University.

Areas of interest and specialization: Cambodian refugees and the Cambodian community in the U.S., medical sociology, the psychosocial health Khmer Rouge genocide survivors.

Selected Publications:

  • Leakhena Nou. 2010. “The Khmer Stress-Health Model: Decoding Khmer psychosocial adjustment patterns,” in Lee, Jonathan H.X. eds., Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities. Dubuque, IA: Kendall and Hunt Publishing Company.
  • D. E. Hinton, A. Rasmussen, L. Nou, M. H. Pollack, and M. J. Good. 2009. “Anger, PTSD, and the nuclear family: A study of Cambodian refugees.” Journal of Social Science & Medicine. 69 (9).
  • Leakhena Nou. 2009. “On the edges of indigenous: A personal narrative of a Cambodian sociologist researching Cambodian refugees in Massachusetts,” in M. Chiu ed., Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community. University Press of New England.
  • Leakhena Nou. 2008. “A sociological analysis of the psychosocial adaptation of Khmer refugees in Massachusetts,” in R. L. Dalla, J. DeFrain, J. Johnson, & D. A. Abbott, eds., Strengths and challenges of new immigrant families: Implications for research, theory, education, and service. Lexington, MA: Lexington Press.
  • Leakhena Nou. 2008. “Mavericks in disguise: Political attitudes toward democracy and political participation among Cambodian college students in contemporary Cambodia.” Santa Clara Journal of International Law, 6 (1).
  • Leakhena Nou. 2007. “Exploring the psychosocial adjustment of Khmer refugees in Massachusetts from an insider’s perspective,” in T.L. Pho, J.N. Gerson, & S. Cowan, eds., Southeast Asian Refugees and Immigrants in the Mill City. University Press of New England. Leakhena Nou. August 2006. “A qualitative examination of the psychosocial adjustment of Khmer refugees in three Massachusetts communities.” Occasional papers, Institute for Asian American Studies. Boston: University of Massachusetts.


Dr. Oliver Wang studies race/ethnicity and popular culture. His research projects have revolved around the role of music in the formation of community, intercultural social ties and individual identity. He has a particular expertise on the role of popular culture in the Asian American community, especially in its engagement with hip-hop music and culture. Dr. Wang is also the creator of

Areas of interest and specialization: Popular culture, hip-hop music, the Asian American community, race/class/gender.

Selected Publications:

  • Oliver Wang. Forthcoming 2012. Legions of Boom: Filipino American Disc Jockey Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Oliver Wang. 2011. “The Comfort Zone: Shaping the Retro-Soul Audience,” in Pop When the World Falls Apart. Eric Weisbard, ed., Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Oliver Wang. 2010. “The Journey of “Viva Tirado”: A Musical Conversation within Afro-Chicano Los Angeles.” [Electronic version]. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 22(4), 348-366. Oliver Wang. 2009. “To Live and Dine in Kogi L.A.” Contexts. Vol. 8(4) Wang, Oliver. 2007. “Rapping and Repping Asian: Race, Authenticity, and the Asian American MC,” in Alien Encounters: Popular Culture in Asian America, by Mimi Thi Nguyen, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu. Durham, eds., NC: Duke University Press.
  • Oliver Wang. 2006. “These Are The Breaks: Hip-Hop and AfroAsian Cultural (Dis)Connections,” in AfroAsian encounters: culture, history, politics, Heike Raphael-Hernandez and Shannon Steen, eds., New York: NYU Press.


Dr. Jake Wilson’s research focuses on race and racism, labor, class, and gender with an emphasis on social justice. His past research focused on the logistics industry, particularly how workers throughout the global capitalist supply chain have been harmed by the “logistics revolution”. This research led to a multi-year study of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, where he analyzed the ways in which racism, masculinity, and sexism structure the industry, workplace, and trade-unions on the waterfront by centering the past and present experiences of African American longshoremen. Currently, Dr. Alimahomed-Wilson is working on a collaborative community-based research project on urban farming in Los Angeles’ African American community.

Dr Wilson is the Director of Department of Sociology’s Metropolitan and Policy Studies Network (MAPS)

Areas of interest and specialization: race/class/gender inequality, labor and workers, environmental justice, whiteness and masculinities, radical social movements, Anarchist theory and practice.

Selected Publications:

  • Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. Forthcoming 2012. “Black Longshoremen and the Challenges of ‘Anti-Racist’ Unionism.” Race & Class.  Bonacich, Edna and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. Forthcoming. “Headway for African American Workers,” in Post-Ghetto: Re-Imagining South Los Angeles, Josh Sides, ed., UC Press.
  • Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2011. “Men Along the Shore: Working-Class Masculinities in Crisis.” NORMA: Nordic Journal for Masculinity Studies, 6(1): 22-44. Bonacich, Edna and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2011. “Confronting Racism, Capitalism, and Ecological Degradation: Urban Farming and the Struggle for Social Justice in Black Los Angeles.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, & Society, 13(2): 213-226.
  • Sabrina Alimahomed and Jake Alimahomed-Wilson. 2009. “Protest as Embodied State Practices: An Examination of Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic Protest Tactics.” Perspectives on Anarchist Theory. The Institute for Anarchist Studies:
  • Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson. 2008. Getting the Goods: The Logistics Revolution and the Ports of Southern California. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Jake Wilson. 2008. “The Racialized Picket Line: White Workers and Racism in the Southern California Supermarket Strike.” Critical Sociology, 34 (3): 349-367.
  • Edna Bonacich, Sabrina Alimahomed, and Jake B. Wilson. 2008. “The Racialization of Global Labor.” American Behavioral Scientist, 52 (3): 342-355.
  • Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson. 2005. “Hoisted by its Own Petard: Organizing Wal-Mart’s Logistics Workers.” New Labor Forum, 14 (Summer): 67-75.
  • Edna Bonacich and Jake B. Wilson. 2005. “Global Production and Distribution: Wal-Mart’s Global Logistics Empire, “in Wal-Mart World: The World’s Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy, Stanley D. Brun, ed., New York: Routledge.


Dr. Kerry Woodward’s research focuses on poor families and state policies and programs. Her ethnographic study of two welfare (CalWORKs) offices in Contra Costa County, California explores the possibilities for creating empowering welfare programs despite the current policy and political contexts. She is particularly interested in the way welfare-reliant women experience welfare programs. Dr. Woodward’s  research focuses on the child welfare system and the interconnections between poverty, race, and being deemed an “unfit mother” by the state. Her future research will explore these connections with attention to the experiences and stories of mothers who have lost custody of their children.

Areas of interest and specialization: Race/class/gender, poverty and anti-poverty programs, families, theory, the state.

Selected Publications:

  • Kerry Woodward. 2008. “The Multiple Meanings of Work for Welfare-Reliant Women,” Qualitative Sociology 21(2): 149-168.
  • Block, Fred, Anna C. Korteweg, and Kerry Woodward, with Zach Schiller and Imrul Mazid. 2006. “The Compassion Gap in American Poverty Policy.” Contexts 5(2): 14-20.


Dr. Kristine Zentgraf’s research focuses on issues related to gender, family and immigration. Dr. Zentgraf’s current research projects focus on the topics of immigrant family separation and the impacts of immigration policy on families and children. Dr. Zentgraf received the University’s 2004-2005 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and was recently awarded the University’s 2010-2011 Community Service Award for her advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform and support for immigrant families and students in the greater Long Beach community.

Areas of interest and specialization: immigration; race, class, and gender; social stratification; social theory

Selected Publications:

  • Kristine Zentgraf and Norma Chinchilla. Forthcoming February 2012. “Transnational Family Separation: A Framework for Analysis” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Gary Hytrek and Kristine Zentgraf. 2007. America Transformed: Globalization, Power, and Inequality. Oxford University Press.
  • Kristine Zentgraf. 2002. “Immigration and Women’s Empowerment: Salvadorans in Los Angeles.” Gender and Society 16(5): 625-646.
  • Kristine Zentgraf. 2001. “Through Economic Restructuring, Recession, and Rebound: The Continuing Importance of Latina Immigrant Labor in the Los Angeles Economy,” in Asian and Latino Immigrants in a Restructuring Economy: The Metamorphosis of Southern California, by Marta López-Garza and David R. Diaz, eds.,Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.