College of Charleston Sociology and Anthropology

The Sociology & Anthropology departments at the College of Charleston

Meet our new department chair: Dr. Christine Finnan

"I am excited to take over as department chair and to continue to teach in the anthropology program. I love teaching our cultural anthropology and language and culture courses and using these courses to make connections across cultures and to current issues and situations. My research is conducted primarily within schools in the US and India. Until this year, I held a joint appointment in anthropology and teacher education."

College Grads - Choices. Choices. | Jo Leonard & Company

Wonderful article about CofC sociology graduate Chelsea Buscher. Way to go Chelsea! College Grads – Choices. Choices. by Jo Leonard | Jun 28, 2019 College Grads – Choices. Choices.Jun 28, 2019 | 20-Somethings, Career Launch, Career Management, Choosing a Major, College Students Chelsea’s story starts quite differently from most of the young professionals I meet. Their stories...

CofC Professor Talks About The Anthropology Behind National Selfie Day

Dr. Qirko talks about how the selfie has become a "cultural phenomenon". #NationalSelfieDay In recognition of National Selfie Day, College of Charleston anthropology professor Hector Qirko explains the cultural significance of the selfie.

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Two veterans of Afghanistan conflict meet in Charleston and launch project together

Rebekah Edmondson, an Afghanistan veteran and sociology major, along with another CofC student, are working to develop a nonprofit to serve returning vets. She served 10 years in the military. Four times she went to Afghanistan. She accompanied Special Forces on many missions. Once, she was caught within the dangerous perimeter of an

Looking for a class to take this fall? Sociology of Sport may be an option for you!

Chapman to Lead Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to CofC Sociology graduate, Professor Nate Chapman, who was just named the Director or Undergraduate Research at Arkansas Tech. Dr. Nathaniel G. Chapman has been selected to serve as the next director of undergraduate research at Arkansas Tech University. He will succeed Dr. Mostafa Hemmati, who will retire from the ATU fac…

Lowcountry archaeology: a race against erosion EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (WBCD) - Storms, rising sea levels, and the erosion that accompany them will threaten and destroy at least 19,000 archaeological sites in the southeast in the near future, including this one at Pocky Island on Edisto.

Sociology graduates photographed by the Post and Courier:

Dr. Hector Qirko appeared in the Post and Courier's coverage of College of Charleston's graduation on Friday, May 10th

All sociology and anthropology spring 2019 graduating seniors and alumni are invited to attend.

CofC and Gullah Society will reinter 36 remains found under Gaillard Center this weekend The remains were found during the Center's construction in 2013

College of Charleston Celebrates Faculty The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs honored six distinguished College of Charleston faculty during the annual Celebration of Faculty.

Katie (Lockard) Jayne, sociology graduate of the Class of 2003, has been named a 2019 Forty Under 40 by the Charleston Business Journal. She also received national recognition as a 2019 McKnight’s Women of Distinction Rising Stars Award. Currently, Katie works as the Director of Community Life and Compliance at Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. Katie has been
very supportive of the Sociology Department and the College of Charleston by mentoring students and helping students to find their passion for gerontology for many years. Congratulations Katie!

» Meet Katie Greenway, Sociology Major and HSS Scholar Sociology and Anthropology

Meet Katie Greenway, Sociology Major and HSS Scholar My intro to sociology course made me very interested in the subject and I knew that having a major in Sociology could be a valuable tool for making a difference in the world.

» Meet Samantha Fresh, Anthropology Major and HSS Scholar Sociology and Anthropology

Meet Samantha Samantha Kathleen Fresh, Anthropology Major and HSS Scholar! Dr. Joyce’s Introduction to Anthropology class challenged me to look at the world differently and more holistically. I found the eye-opening perspectives provided by anthropology to not only validates my experiences but seeks to validate the human experience.

Faculty and student researchers at the College of Charleston are conducting a Student Health Study and need your participation! They are collecting data via an anonymous web-based survey from any College of Charleston student (men and women, undergraduates and graduates, etc.) about health-related perceptions and behaviors.

The survey will take approximately 15- 20 minutes of your time. You will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win one of five a $100 checks. We will also be raffling off CofC t-shirts and fold-flat water bottles!

If you are interested in participating, please go to

This research study has been reviewed by the Human Research Protection Program at the College of Charleston. For additional information about the study please contact Dr. Christy Kollath-Cattano (in the school of Public Health) or Dr. Sarah Hatteberg (in the department of Sociology). Thank you!

Sydel Silverman, 85, Dies; Defended Anthropology in Academia As a scholar, teacher and historian at the City University of New York, she was an ardent preservationist and an inclusive ethnographer.

Dr. Dee Dee Joyce is retiring. In celebration of her retirement please post/share how Dr. Joyce enriched your college experience! We have included an example, but feel free to be creative. All submissions due by this Friday, April, 12th!

Come hear what Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has to say about Brexit on Tuesday, April 9th at 3:15 PM in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. The lecture is being hosted by the College of Charleston’s Irish & Irish American Studies!

CofC Alum Presses Play on Netflix Career

How did Jason Chan '97 parlay a sociology major into a high-tech career at Netflix? Stranger things have happened at the College of Charleston.

Jason Chan ‘97 studied sociology at the College of Charleston because he was intrigued by how humans think. His experience at the College turned out to be a ...

ExCEL Awards - College of Charleston

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Finnan (Outstanding Faculty of the Year-Honors College) and Bri Sullivan (Female Student-Athlete of the Year). ExCEL Awards

The Linguistics Club Lecture Series will be hosting talks and free dinner on this Friday and Next Friday. Come out and support!

College of Charleston Student Serves Up Life Lessons With Food Truck

A wonderful feature on one of our current Sociology majors and entrepreneur, Carolina Grace Bowen. As majority shareholder of the food truck Area 51 Foods, sociology and English double major Carolina Grace Bowen stays plenty busy outside of the classroom.

CofC Student Owns Food Truck

"As majority shareholder of the food truck Area 51 Foods, sociology and English double major Carolina Grace Bowen stays busy outside of the classroom managing food preparation, customer services, budgets and scheduling for the business."

College of Charleston student Carolina Grace Bowen, who is double majoring in sociology and English, says her coursework has strengthened her business and ma...

Dr. Quinn will be one of the speakers for this afternoon's event.

CofC's annual Peace Initiative, in part sponsored by the Department of Psychology, will be holding wonderful events all week following Spring Break. You can find more details about the events on our website!

Meet the department: Julia McReynolds-Pérez

“I am a sociologist and one of the department’s newest members. I really enjoy teaching the core courses in research methods and statistical data analysis. Students find these courses challenging. But I love helping sociology majors develop these important skills that set them apart on the job market. In fall 2019 I’m excited to teach a new special topics course which will be cross-listed with WGST: Global Feminisms! My main research focus is on reproductive rights and women’s health in Argentina. I’ve also conducted research on immigrant agricultural workers and factories taken over by their workers. Right now, I’m writing an article about feminist drum ensembles in Buenos Aires.”

REMINDER: March 13th at 12pm is the deadline to submit your application for summer funding opportunities through the Anthropology program.

[03/07/19]   TODAY University of South Carolina Master of Social Work Information Session

Lauren Knottek, recruiter for the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, will hold an information session for students who might be interested in exploring a career in social work this Thursday, March 7 from 4-5 p.m. in ECTR 114. The University of South Carolina has a part-time MSW program based in Charleston and a full-time program in Columbia.

[03/06/19]   Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an online information session on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 pm eastern to discuss careers in community organizing with CofC students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.


DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants' rights
* Police accountability

Positions start August 12, 2019 in Charlottesville, VA, Columbia, SC, St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Daytona Beach, Polk County and Fort Myers, FL.

Starting salary $38,000/year + benefits.

Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit Still have questions? Contact Sarah Storar at [email protected].

Charleston needs archaeology ordinance to protect city's underground history

Check out this editorial in the Post & Courier! Huge chunks of Charleston’s history are being lost to development without people knowing about it. The city that led the country in passing laws to protect historic buildings has failed

This event will be happening tomorrow at the Charleston County Public Library.

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to celebrate #anthroday2019 with us! In partnership with @cofcanthropology, we viewed “We Exist: Beyond the Binary” and had a great discussion afterwards. Thanks to @cofcprism for being part of the conversation!

#cofc #anthropology @americananthro

Happy Anthropology Day!

Happy Anthropology Day! Why did you fall in love with anthropology? #AnthroDay #AnthroLove

Two events coming up on February 28th.

Meet the Department: Paul Roof

@thebeercanprofessor Dr. Roof is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology and has taught at different periods of time for the department since 2000. His teaching expertise centers on American popular culture in terms of social media, brands, marketing, trends, fads & movements. Specifically, gender and the use of imagery are some of the topics the course is centered around. Students in his popular culture class learn the meaning of the course theme, "Pop culture is our culture". Dr. Roof is heavily involved in the local civic culture of Charleston, having been a member of the Creative Mornings team since 2014 and he regulary emcees events around town including the Charleston Wine & Food Festival.

#cofc #sociology #anthropology

February 11-15th, the College of Charleston will be celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday and legacy with a week-long series of events and lectures highlighting the importance, utility, breadth, and history of evolutionary theory. Eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines will be giving talks on campus and throughout the city, and the Anthropology Club will be hosting an all-ages human evolution fossil lab on Feb 13th from 5:00-7:00 pm in ECTR 107. Additionally, Dr. Patricia McAnany, an archaeologist from UNC Chapel Hill, will be speaking about cultural hybridity in the Maya Lowland at the Citadel on the 12th (sponsored by Sigma Xi). #anthropology #science #darwin #cofc @ College of Charleston

Meet the Department: E. Moore Quinn

"I am a linguistic anthropologist with a strong interest in oral traditions, folklore, and verbal art. Like many of my colleagues, I aim in my teaching and writing to use the insights of Anthropology to stress human equality, to expose injustice – especially linguistic injustice – and to demonstrate how marginalized groups attempt to use the verbal resources available to them to improve the circumstances of their lives. My recent research focuses on how women express their agency through oral and written forms."

#cofc #sociology #anthropology

Meet the Department: Allison Foley

Allison Foley is a biological anthropologist who specializes in health and disease research, studying both the living and the dead. In the classroom, Dr. Foley focuses heavily on biocultural evolution: how human biology and cultural developments interact with one another. She incorporates these evolutionary and biological models into her teaching of Medical Anthropology, showing how social and cultural factors interact with, and influence human biological health, and in her teaching of Evolutionary Medicine, how our species’ evolutionary history and co-evolutionary relationships with pathogens has shaped modern patterns of health. In addition to these topics, Dr. Foley studies a lot of teeth (they tell us so much about people and evolution) and thinks a lot about social identity and how it related to mortuary treatment.

#cofc #sociology #anthropology

Meet the Department: Hector Qirko

“I am an anthropologist and associate chair. I focus on cultural anthropology, and one of the joys of my job is sharing the realization that anthropology can be used to help people solve real world problems. My current research areas are cooperation, human factors in conservation, and music and identity."

#cofc #sociology #anthropology

King's challenge to the nation's social scientists

“For social scientists, the opportunity to serve in a life-giving purpose is a humanist challenge of rare distinction.” Full text of Martin Luther King's address to the APA convention attendees in September 1967 which urged a change in society regarding racism.

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