Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


Maria Akchurin, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 433

The faculty includes 17 active full-time sociologists. Current research project topics include: racial, ethnic and economic diversity in urban communities; flexible employment for professionals; the non-profit sector; violent crime; population changes in non-metropolitan regions; the changing commitment of women to work and family roles; the role of experts in advanced industrial societies; religion and social change; community-centered models of public policy development; women and family violence; the geographical development of evangelicalism; and women and unemployment. In the last five years the department has received over $3 million in external research funding.

It is indicative of the esteem in which the faculty members of the department are held by their peers outside Loyola that a large proportion have held or are holding office in professional associations. The department counts among its numbers past presidents of the Society for Study of Social Problems, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Illinois Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, the Religious Research Association and the current president of the Society of Scientific Study of Religion. The combined faculty have published more than twenty-five books. They have published articles in The American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Forces, Contemporary Sociology, Human Organization, Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Quarterly, Sociology of Religion, Symbolic Interaction and in many specialized journals such as Criminology, American Demographics, Rural Sociology, The Journal of Marriage and the Family, Politics and Society, Theory and Society, and Science, Technology & Human Values.


Name Title Office # Phone/E-mail
Jason L. Cummings, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 443 773.508.3439
Minwoo Jung, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 439 773.508.3742
Patrick Gilger, S.J., PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 429 773.508.3463
Teresa Gonzales, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 439 773.508.3488
Savina Balasubramanian, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 431 773.508.3467
Judson G. Everitt, PhD Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Program Director
Coffey 427 773.508.3427
Anne Figert, PhD Professor Coffey 423 773.508.3431
Dana Garbarski, PhD Associate Professor Coffey 440 773.508.3786
Ayana Karanja, PhD Professor Emeritus
Marilyn Krogh, PhD Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director
Coffey 428 773.508.3471
Lauren Langman, PhD Professor Emeritus
Elise Martel Cohen, PhD Lecturer Coffey 434 773.508.3349
Cristian Paredes, PhD Assistant Professor Coffey 430 773.508.3460
Peter Rosenblatt, PhD Associate Professor
Director of the Urban Studies program at Loyola
Coffey 438 773.508.3422
Elfriede Wedam, PhD Advanced Lecturer
Research Associate-McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion
Coffey 436 773.508.3669
Matthew Williams, PhD Lecturer Coffey Hall 437 773.508.3298
Rhys H. Williams, PhD Professor
Department Chair Director-McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion
Coffey 421 773.508.3459
Kathleen Maas Weigert, PhD Professor Emerita

Affiliated, Part-Time, Emeritus Faculty

Name Title Office # Phone/E-mail
Kathleen Adams, PhD Professor Affiliated Coffey 235 773.508.3458
Richard Block, PhD Professor Emeritus
Marcel Fredericks, PhD Professor Emeritus
Christine George, PhD Associate Research Professor Cuneo 414 773.508.8533
James Johnson, PhD Associate Director, Career Development Center; Director, Pre-Health Professions Program; Part-time Instructor Sullivan 268 773.508.3636
Kenneth Johnson, PhD Affiliate Research Professor
Fred Kniss, PhD Affiliate Research Professor
Kathleen McCourt, PhD Professor Emerita
Philip Nyden, PhD Professor Emeritus of Sociology and CURL's Founding Director 847.328.9279 (home)
Judith Wittner, PhD Professor Emerita
J. Talmadge Wright, PhD Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Kelly Moore, PhD Associate Professor Coffey 441 773.508.3488