Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty come from top graduate programs, having trained at Northeastern, Brandeis, Clark and Brown University. They also have extensive "hands-on" experience, having worked in criminal justice, politics and government, and research and program evaluation before coming to Emmanuel. This combination of high-level academic training and experience outside of academia allows students to see the many paths they can take with a degree in sociology.

Catherine Simpson Bueker

Chair, Department of Sociology; Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A. Brown University; B.A., Cornell University

Janese Free

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A., Northeastern University; B.A., Gettysburg College

Katrin Kriz

Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Clark University; Mag. phil., University of Vienna, Austria

Ivy Krull

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., MPH, MSW, Boston University; ALB, Harvard University

Tom Nolan

Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., M.Ed., Boston University; B.A. University of Massachusetts-Boston

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Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

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Saints Spotlight: Ashlee Jeannot '17

While a student, Ashlee Jeannot '17 founded the S.T.A.R.T. program for first years students--a model she took with her after graduation to provide diversity and inclusion training beyond the college campus.

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Saints Spotlight: Shennah Derstine '17

Shennah didn't have to go far to find the right internship opportunity--the graphic design minor reported to Emmanuel's on-campus Marketing & Communications department, where she worked on a range of graphic design projects to promote College events and programs. 

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A Commitment to Service: Justin Prairie '05

Although half a world away in Pakistan, Justin Prairie '05 is never far from Emmanuel and Boston. A foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, Justin currently works on political and military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Martin '17 Launches "Her Campus" at Emmanuel

Key ingredients to Samantha's success included courses that enhanced her knowledge of the field of communications; relationships with classmates, faculty and staff that influenced her personal and professional life; and leadership roles in a broad range of extracurricular activities.

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Saints Spotlight: Christina Ascolillo '17

While at Emmanuel, Christina took advantage of every networking opportunity that came her way, which led to an internship and then a full-time position at the Massachusetts State House.

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