Professor Deborah Tooker, Ph. D.


Tooker, Deborah E., (Ph.D. 1988, Harvard University) is professor of anthropology, department of anthropology, criminology, and sociology at Le Moyne College. Her areas of interest are symbolic/semiotic anthropology and the anthropology of religion/ritual, psychological anthropology, political anthropology and the politics of identity, and the anthropology of space and place.

Dr. Tooker has conducted long-term fieldwork among the Akha of Northern Thailand/Burma (Myanmar) and short-term fieldwork among these same people in Yunnan, China. Her most recent publication is a book titled: Space and the Production of Cultural Difference among the Akha Prior to Globalization: Channeling the Flow of Life.  2012.  Amsterdam University Press (distributed in the US by the University of Chicago Press).  Links to Book Sites:



She has also published in the journals Man, Journal of Asian Studies, Anthropological Quarterly, and Cambridge Anthropology. Before coming to Le Moyne in 1992, Professor Tooker taught at Harvard University and held a Rockefeller Resident Fellowship at Cornell University. She also held a research fellowship at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1994-96. Prof. Tooker is also a Faculty Associate in Research with Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program.  At Le Moyne, she teaches introductory anthropology, critical ethnography, anthropological linguistics, social theory, and Southeast Asian cultures.  Starting in the 2012-13 academic year, Prof. Tooker will be Chair of the Department.

Office: Reilly 416 , 445-4484            

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Janet Bogdan, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Bogdan, Janet Carlisle (Ph.D., 1987, Syracuse University), associate professor of sociology, is a feminist sociologist whose research has centered on the history and sociology of childbirth in America and on work and unemployment in women's lives. 

Dr. Bogdan's articles have appeared in Feminist Studies and in Social Problems. At Le Moyne, she teaches introductory sociology, gender and society, social inequality, the sociology of work and families, and social problems.

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Jon Horne Carter, Ph.D.

I am a sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D. 2012, Columbia University) interested in criminality, aesthetics, and politics. My current research focuses on transnational gang communities, between the US and Central America, and their reinvention of political subjectivity through the deconstruction of everyday notions of law, beauty, and violence. This work on a particular criminal community is the foundation for broader inquiries into the shifting moral and political embodiments that accompany our current global-economic and environmental crises. Currently I am revising a book manuscript that examines the cultivation of criminal dream-worlds inside a national penitentiary in Honduras. A second book explores ethnographic surrealism in Latin America during the period of high modernism, and what that “minor” tradition can contribute to critical practices of ethnography in the present.


Other areas of interest: Natural history, critical theory, urban anthropology, social movements, sovereignty, penology, secrecy, surveillance, and media studies.


Office: Reilly 429, 445-4495

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 Professor Chin as a child

Professor Jeffrey Chin, Ph. D

Dr. Chin (Ph.D., 1983, the University of Michigan) is a professor of sociology at Le Moyne College.

He is a Carnegie National Scholar, a program of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

He is the past-editor of Teaching Sociology, an official journal of the American Sociological Association and currently serves on the Editorial Board.

He is a sociologically-trained social psychologist specializing in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He has published three books and over two dozen scholarly articles, essays, chapters, and reviews. He is Secretary-Treasurer of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society for sociology. He is a member of the American Sociological Association's Department Resources Group, a group of consultants trained to serve as external reviewers. He has performed over 30 program reviews for schools around the country. He is also a certification reviewer for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences..

Office: 412 Reilly Hall, (315) 445-4594

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Professor Donn as a baby

Professor Cliff Donn Ph.D.

Clifford Donn (Ph.D. 1980,Massachusetts Institute of Technology), is a professor in thedepartment of anthropology, criminology and sociology at Le MoyneCollege. He has been at Le Moyne since 1982 where he was a member ofand chaired the department of industrial relations and human resourcemanagement, was director of the international studies program, andserved as director of the study abroad program. He has taught bothgraduate and undergraduate courses in the economics and educationdepartments, in the M.B.A. program and in the integral honorsprogram. He has held visiting positions at the University of NewSouth Wales ,the University of Western Sydney (both in Australia) andthe University of Greenwich (England).

His principal research interests havebeen in the areas of dispute resolution, comparative trade unionism(especially focused on Australia), labor and employment issues in theocean-going maritime industry and collective bargaining among publicschool teachers. He has written and edited books on these subjects aswell as publishing articles in The Industrial and Labor RelationsReview, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Industrial Relations,Labour History, Journal of Collective Negotiations in the PublicSector, Journal of Labor Research, Transportation Journal, IndustrialRelations Journal, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, andThe International Journal of Employment Studies, among others. He haspresented papers at conferences in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japanand the United States.  He teaches courses in both the Criminology and Sociology programs. 

Office: Reilly, 415 , 445-4467

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Dr Matt Loveland Adult Photo

Professor Matthew Loveland, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Loveland earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and is Associate Professor of Sociology. His work has primarily been in the sociology of religion, but he also interested in thinking about the processes of authority, domination, and cooperation in everyday life.  Recently he has studied changes in the Catholic Church, and in particular how they affect priests and parishes. He has also written about social interaction as it occurs on the web, starting from the basic premise that it isn’t significantly different from ‘normal’ interaction.  His work has appeared in Social Forces, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and Information, Communication & Society. Along with his colleague Nicholas Vargas, his research on religion and non-religion in the United States won the 2012 “Most Distinguished Article Award” from The American Sociological. He is past director of the Sanzone Center, and currently serves as director of CURAR.


Office: Reilly 414, 445-4481

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Professor Frances Pestello, Ph.D.

Dr. Frances Pestello (Ph.D. University of Akron 1983) is a sociology professor in the department of anthropology, criminology, and sociology at Le Moyne College.  She comes to Le Moyne after spending twenty-five years at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH, where she was a professor and department chair.

Her areas of interest in sociology are law, deviance, crime and delinquency and social psychology.  She has done research on the deterrent impact of sanctions.  She published a book, Sentiments and Acts, with Fred Pestello and Irwin Deutscher on the relationship between attitudes and behavior.  The book received special recognition from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Cooley Award Committee.  She has done work on the impact of psychiatric medications on one’s sense of self.  Her current research interest is on food and society.

Office:  Reilly 421, 445-2622

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 Dr. Frank Ridzi Adult Photo

Professor Frank Ridzi, Ph.D.

Dr. Ridzi (Ph. D. 2003, C.A.S. 2003, M.P.A. 2001, Syracuse University) is founding Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research (CURAR) and serves as Kauffman Entrepreneurship Professor. He has conducted research and written in the areas of social welfare policy, sociology of work, and student affairs. His writings have appeared in such places as the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, Research in the Sociology of Work, Review of Policy Research and The NASPA Journal of The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Current research projects include applied policy research and research concerning changing workplace dynamics in careers that include public welfare structures and higher education. Ridzi has served as chair of the elections committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). He presently teaches in the areas of human service caseload management and program evaluation and policy analysis. He has also taught courses in the areas of marriage and families, social welfare, introduction to sociology and research methodology. He was most recently a Teaching Fellow at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His C.A.S. is in Women's Studies.

Office: Reilly 417, 445-4480

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Professor Ternikar as a child

Professor Farha Ternikar, Ph.D.

Ternikar, Farha B. (Ph.D., 2004, Loyola University Chicago) held a pre-doctoral position in the department for 2003-04 and is now an assistant professor in sociology. Her research focuses on gender and religion with a special interest in South Asian immigration. She teaches courses in Race, Class and Gender, and Women and Society.

Office: Reilly 431, 445-4497

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 Professor Kelly as a child


Professor Robert Kelly, Ph. D.

Kelly, Robert F., (Ph.D., Rutgers) is professor of sociology and co-director of the Social Science Empirical Analysis Lab at Le Moyne. Kelly is also co-principal investigator of the Le Moyne College/Zogby International Contemporary Catholic Trends Poll. From 1995 to 1998 he held the College's Francis J. Fallon, S.J. Endowed Professorship. He has conducted research and written widely on public welfare policy, family law and research methodology. His writings have appeared in journals such as the Family Law Quarterly, Journal of Marriage and the Family, The University of Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, the Syracuse University Law Review, and the Journal of Family Issues. Current research projects concern changing legal definitions of family relations, the use of social science research in family law formation, and the consequences of the legal outcomes of divorce for post-divorce family functioning and child well-being. Kelly has held visiting appointments and research positions at the Stanford Law School, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester, the Syracuse University College of Law and the Institute of Policy Sciences at Duke University. In 1993, Kelly was the first William and Flora Hewlett Scholar in Washington at Child Trends, Inc., a public policy research center in the nation's capital. He teaches marriage and the family, law and social science, demography and research methodology.


Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences, 2007-2008

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