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photoBarton Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7593 | bthompson@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 201


  • University of California-Santa Barbara

Areas of Specialization

  • Hunters and gatherers
  • Humans and their environment
  • Human evolution
  • Evolutionary psychology

Selected Professional Activity and Publications

  • Thompson, B. 2016. ‘Sense of Place Among Hunter-Gatherers’ Cross-Cultural Research, Volume 50, number 4

  • Thompson, B. 2016. “How ‘Global’ Can We Be? Insights from the Environmental Field” in Langran, I. & Birk, T. (Eds.)Chapter 10 In Globalization, Global Citizenship, Interdisciplinary approaches pp. 143-155  London: Routledge

  • Thompson, Barton, and David Osgood. 2011. “Community Management, Self-interest and Environmental Preservation in the Amazon.” Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 12(2): 128-145.

photoCarla Abodalo, MS
Senior Instructor of Sociology
610-921-7592 | cabodalo@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 202


  • Saint Joseph’s University

Areas of Specialization

  • Criminal justice
  • Terrorism
  • Domestic violence
  • Organized crime

Selected Professional Activity and Publications

  • Brudereck, Jason. “Flash-mob Violence Unlikely in Berks, Officials Say,” Reading Eagle, August 26, 2011.

photoCharles Brown, Ph.D., Department Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7865 | cbrown@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 203


  • Southern Illinois University

Areas of Specialization

  • Religion
  • Cultural sociology
  • Mass media and popular culture
  • Social theory
  • Social movements

Selected Professional Activity and Publications

  • Brown, Charles M. August 2011. “Faith as a Cultural Resource: Minimizing Uncertainty in the Christian Retailing and Entertainment Industry.” Unpublished paper at the Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meetings, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Brown, Charles M. 2004. “Apocalyptic Unbound: An Interpretation of Christian Speed/Thrash Metal Music,” Pp. 117-137 in Religious Innovation in a Global Age: Essays On The Construction of Spirituality, edited by George N. Lundskow. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company.
  • Brown, Charles M. 1995. “Musical Responses to Oppression and Alienation: Blues, Spirituals, Secular Thrash, and Christian Thrash Metal Music.” International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society. 8(3): 439-452.

photoKennon Rice, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7881 | krice@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 205


  • North Carolina State University

Areas of Specialization

  • Criminology
  • Ecological criminal analysis
  • Urban change

Selected Professional Activity & Publication

  • Osgood, David, Lawrence Morris, and Kennon Rice. 2009. “How Can An Interdisciplinary Research Program Be Managed Effectively?” Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 30(2): 16-20.
  • Rice, Kennon, and William R. Smith. 2002. “Socio-Ecological Models of Automotive Theft: Integrating Routine Activity and Social Disorganization Theory.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 39(3): 304-336.
  • Rice, Kennon. 1998. “Socio-Ecological Associations of Automotive Theft: An Integrated Model of Routine Activity and Social Disorganization Approaches.” Master’s thesis, North Carolina State University Press, Raleigh, NC.

photoBrian Jennings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7892 | bjennings@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 212


  • Utah State University

Areas of Specialization

  • Statistics
  • Research methods
  • Environmental sociology

Selected Professional Activity and Publications

Book Chapter

  • Krannich, R.S., and B.M. Jennings.  2011.   New West and Old West: Values, Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Natural Resource Use and Management.  Chapter 6 in People, Places and Landscapes: Social Change in High Amenity Rural Areas.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Jennings B.M., R.A. Smith, and S. Ghosh.  2014.  An Assessment of Environmental Knowledge and Concern  of Incoming Freshmen at a Liberal Arts Institution.  Sociological Viewpoints 30(1):TBD. 
  • Jennings B.M. and R.S. Krannich.  2013.  A Multidimensional Exploration of the Foundations of Community Attachment Among Seasonal and Year Round Residents.  Rural Sociology 78 (4):498-527.
  • Jennings B.M., and R.S. Krannich.  2013.    Bonded to Whom?  Seasonal Residents and Their Patterns of Social Interaction.  Journal of Community Development 44(1):3-22. 

photoElizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
610-921-7885 | ekiester@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 204


  • Utah State University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Gender and Family Studies
  • Labor Markets
  • Immigration

Selected Professional Activity & Publications

  • Kiester, Elizabeth. 2017. "Fatherhood." Pp. XX-XX in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by Bryan S. Turner. XXX: Wiley-Blackwell (Forthcoming).

  • Jacobs, Paul, Elizabeth Kiester, Christy Glass and Peg Petrzelka. 2015. “Bringing Them ‘Out of the Shadows’: Analyzing the Movement to Reframe the Immigration Policy Narrative in Utah” Journal of Sociology and Social Work 3(1):52-65.

  • Kiester, Elizabeth. 2013. "Transnational Mothering." Pp. 611-12 in Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, edited by Vikki Smith. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications.

  • Glass, Christy, Nancy Kubasek, and Elizabeth Kiester.  2011.  “Toward a 'European Model' of Same-Sex Marriage Rights: A Viable Pathway for the U.S.?"  Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) 29(1):132-174.

photoTeri Jensen-Sellers, M.A.

Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology
610-929-6729 | tjensen-sellers@albright.edu
Selwyn Hall 209


  • New Mexico State University

photoAdrienne Lodge, M.S., C.F.E., C.A.M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology-Criminal Justice
610-929-6768 | alodge@albright.edu


  • Villanova University
  • Albright College

photoMichael A. Foltz, Chief of Police, Lower Pottsgrove Twp., A.A.S., B.S., M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology-Criminal Justice
610-929-6768 | mfoltz@albright.edu


  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • FBI-National Academy