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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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 414, (315) 445-5462

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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 the department of anthropology, criminology and sociology at LeMoyne College. He has been at Le Moyne since 1982 where he was a member of and chaired the department of industrial relations and human resource management, was director of the international studies program, and served as director of the study abroad program. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in the economics and education departments, in the M.B.A. program and in the integral honors program. He has held visiting positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Sydney (both in Australia) and the University of Greenwich (England).

His principal research interests have been in the areas of dispute resolution, comparative trade unionism (especially focused on Australia), labor and employment issues in the ocean-going maritime industry and collective bargaining among public school teachers. He has written and edited books on these subjects as well as publishing articles in The Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Industrial Relations, Labour History, The Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector, Journal of Labor Research, Transportation Journal, Industrial Relations Journal, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, The Nevada Law Journal, and The International Journal of Employment Studies, among others. He has presented papers at conferences in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan and the United States. He teaches courses in both the Criminology and Sociology programs.

Office: Reilly, 415 , 445-4467

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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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Professors Emeritus:

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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 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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