Associated, Adjunct, and Emeritus Faculty

Edmund R. Becker ( ) ( link to faculty webpage )

(Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1981); Rollins School of Public Health; organizational theory and behavior, medical sociology, health care organization and policy; unions and labor relations.

Current Research: health care organization autonomy and performance; returns of investment in public health; physician payment and productivity.

Selected Publications: "State Regulation and Hospital Costs," The Review of Economics and Statistics, 1995; "A Comparison of the Cost and Quality of Life after Angioplasty or Coronary Surgery for Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease: Results from the Emory Angioplasty versus Surgery Trial (EAST)," Circulation, 1995.

Vincent Carter

(Ph.D., Emory University, 2002); Office of Institutional Research; sociology of education, political sociology, social stratification, organizations.

Hannah Cooper ( ( link to faculty webpage )

(ScD, 2003, Harvard School of Public Health; SM, 1998, Harvard School of Public Health) Addiction/Drug Abuse Prevention, Behavior and Health, HIV/AIDS

Solveig Cunningham Argeseanu (

Kirk Elifson (

(Ph.D., Vanderbilt, 1973) Quantitative Methodology and Multivariate Statistics, Survey Research and Sampling, Qualitative Methodology and Analysis, Content Analysis, Deviant Behavior (Alcohol and Drug Abuse), Medical Sociology

Andy Francis (

(Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago, June 2006) Social Economics, Demography, Labor Economics, Law and Economics, Health Economics

Monique Hennink (

(PhD in Demography, University of Southampton, UK) Reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, sexual behavior, microcredit, sanitation & hygiene, infectious disease, diabetes lifestyle interventions, women’s empowerment, research communication.

Frank M. Howell (

(Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 1979); Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; research methods, demography, environmental sociology, public policy.

Current Research: emphasizing methods of scientific data visualization and geographical information systems (GIS).

Selected Publications: Howell, Frank M. and Jeremy R. Porter. Forthcoming. "Surveys and Geographical Information Systems," Handbook of Survey Research, 2/e, Peter V. Marsden and James D. Wright, Editors. Academic Press; Mathews, Todd L. and Frank M. Howell. 2006 "Promoting Civic Culture: The Transmission of Civic Involvement from Parent to Child." Sociological Focus 39(1): 19-35.

Carol Hogue

(PhD, University of North Carolina, 1973) Her ongoing research interests include the long-term effects of induced abortion, epidemiology of preterm delivery, and the impact of pregnancy complications on minority health. She has published broadly in maternal health, including studies of ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, unintended pregnancy, contraceptive failure, and reproductive cancers. She has a long-standing interest in environmental impacts on reproductive health.

Sun-Chul Kim (

Michael Kramer (

Nancy G. Kutner

(Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1965); Rehabilitation Medicine; medical sociology, aging, mental health.

Current Research: health behaviors and health outcomes in chronic illness and aging.

Selected Publications: "Issues in the Application of High-Cost Medical Technology: The Case of Organ Transplantation," in The Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives, 2004; "The Sociology of Disability," in The Handbook of 21st Century Sociology, Vol. 2, 2006.

Kay L. Levine (

Richard M. Levinson ( link to faculty webpage )

(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1975); Rollins School of Public Health; medical sociology, health behavior, health policy.

Current Research: financial barriers to health services; social determinants of health risk behaviors.

Selected Publications: "Physical Activity of Public Housing Residents in Birmingham, Alabama," (coauthor), American Journal of Public Health, 1993; "The Role of Family History of Disease and Personal Morbidity in Eating Behavior," (co-author), Psychology and Health, 1992.

Wesley Longhofer (

PhD, University of Minnesota, Sociology (2012)

Mike McQuaide

(Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1979); Oxford College; medical sociology, aging, social problems, social psychology.

Ajay Nair (

Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life, Emory University

Giacomo Negro ( 

(PhD, Bocconi University)

Molly M. Perkins

(Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2002); Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology; medical sociology, aging and chronic illness, housing and older adults, health disparities.

Current Research: Disparities in end of life care; sexual health in older adults; work experiences and health of low-wage direct-care workers.

Selected Publications: Frontline Workers in Assisted Living, (coauthor), The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010; Communities of Care: Assisted Living for African American Elders, (coauthor), The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Michael Alan Sacks (

Claire ) Office of the President

(Ph.D., Erasmus University, Rotterdam/City University of New York, 1990); President, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, anthropology, women’s gender, and sexuality studies; medical sociology, social epidemiology.

Current Research: community-based health-focused prevention interventions; women's health; addiction; health care systems.

Selected Publications:

  • Tricking and Tripping: Prostitution in the Era of Aids, Social Change Press, 2000;
  • Fast Lives: Women Who Use Crack Cocaine, Temple University Press, 1999; "Epidemiological Indicators and Ethnographic Realities of Female Cocaine Use," (co-author), Journal of Substance Abuse and Use, 1999.
  • Kushner, H. and Sterk, C. "The Limits of Social Capital: Durkheim, Suicide, and Social Cohesion." American Journal of Public Health 95(7): 1139-1143, 2005.
  • Sterk, C., Theall, K., and Elifson, K. "African American Female Drug Users and HIV Risk Reduction: Challenges with Criminal Involvement." Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 16(4): 89-107, 2005.
  • Klein, H., Sterk, C. and Elifson, K. "Predictors of suicidal ideation among 'at risk' cocaine-using Africa American women." Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviors, 36(3): 336-348, 2006.
  • Sterk, C., Theall, K. and Elifson, K. "The impact of emotional distress on HIV risk reduction among women." Substance Use amp Misuse, 41(2):157-173, 2006.
  • Boeri, M., Sterk, C. and Elifson, K. "Baby boomer drug users: Career phases, social control, and social learning theory." Sociological Inquiry, 76(2): 264-291, 2006.
  • Theall, K., Elifson, K. and Sterk, C. "Sex, Touch, and HIV risk among ecstasy users." AIDS and Behavior, 10(2): 169-178, 2006.

Paul Root Wolpe

(Ph.D., Yale University, 1987); Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Director, Center for Ethics; medical sociology, sociology of bioethics, sociology of science and technology, sociology of religion, sociology of knowledge.

Current Research: biotechnology and its impacts on medical care, medical ideology and the evolving health care system, psychopharmaceuticals and definitions of illness.

Selected Publications: Reasons scientists avoid thinking about ethics. Cell 2006; Emerging neurotechnologies for lie detection and the Fifth Amendment. American Journal of Law and Medicine 2007; Understanding "quality of life": Does it have a role in medical decision-making? In Zohar N. (Ed.) Quality of Life in Jewish Bioethics, 2006; What's in a cause? Exploring the relationship between genetic etiology and social stigma. Genetics in Medicine 2006.

Frank Yuan Wong (

(PhD Texas A & M University) Social Psychology,  Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Health in the United States, Community-based health, Global health, especially substance abuse, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases, Migration and health.

Shailendra Nath Banerjee (Ph.D., Emory University, 1982); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; demography, medical sociology, statistics.

Clark Denny (Ph.D., Emory University, 1996); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; demography, Native American health, surveys, cardiovascular disease, alcohol abuse.

M.V. George (Ph.D., Australian National University (ANU), 1966); formerly of Statistics Canada, Ottawa, and recently with Global AIDS Program, CDC, Atlanta; currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Health, Emory University; and Adjunct Associate, Center for Population Studies, University of Mississippi. Specialty/interest: internal and international migration; urbanization; demographic analysis; demographic estimates and projections; Canadian Aboriginal and visible minorities demographic studies; reproductive health, public health issues, and HIV/AIDS trends.

Amy Fasula (Ph.D., MPH, Emory University, 2005); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; social determinants of sexual health, gender, youth.

Deborah Holtzman (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1985); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; social epidemiology, AIDS, health education.

Karin Ann Mack (Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1995); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; unintentional injury, aging and life course; demography, family, gender, survey research.

James A. Mercy (Ph.D., Emory University, 1982); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; interpersonal violence, research methods, public health, policy.

Kim Miller (Ph.D., Emory University, 1989); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; AIDS, adolescence health risk behaviors, family, ethnic minorities.

Graham Scambler (Ph.D., University of London, 1983); University College of London; medical sociology, sociological theory.

Saswati Sunderam (Ph.D., Emory University, 1997); Georgia Division of Public Health; population-based approaches to community health analysis and health assessment.

Delores P. Aldridge (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1971); Grace Towns Hamilton Professor of Sociology and African American Studies; African American culture, intergroup relations, race, gender, families, stratification. (Link to CV)

John Boli (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1976); world culture and international organizations since 1850, Christendom and the origins of transnational culture and organization since 1100, structure and process in the world polity, global civil society and world citizenship.

Alvin Boskoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1950); sociological theory, comparative urban structures, stratification, social change.

Abbott Ferris (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1950); social indicators.

William L. Graves (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1969); Emory School of Medicine; medical sociology, population, research design.

Samarendranath Mitra (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1961); formal demography, mathematical models, statistics.