Department Head

Eric P. Baumer

  • Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology
  • Professor of Sociology and Criminology

(814) 863-5436

Associate Department Head

Valarie King

  • Professor of Sociology, Demography, and Human Development & Family Studies
  • Associate Head, Department of Sociology and Criminology

(814) 863-8716

Undergraduate Directors

Gary John Adler, Jr.

  • Director, Undergraduate Program in Sociology
  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Faculty Affiliate, PSU Rock Ethics Institute
  • Faculty Affiliate, PSU Social Thought Program
  • Member, PSU Society for the Study of Religion

(814) 863-5365

Caren Bloom

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Sociology and Criminology
  • Director, Undergraduate Program in Criminology

(814) 865-5768

Graduate Directors

David Baker

  • Professor of Sociology, Education, and Demography
  • Director, Graduate Program in Sociology

317 Oswald Tower

(814) 863-0955

Stephen A. Matthews

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography
  • Courtesy appointment in Geography and the School of International Affairs
  • Director, Graduate Program in Demography (Dual-Degree)
  • Faculty Director, Online Graduate Programs in Applied Demography

507 Oswald Tower, University Park, PA 16802 Tel: 814-863-9721 Office Hours: Spring 2022 SOC 423 (Wednesday 9:00am-11:00am) DEMOG 590 (Friday 11:00am-12:00pm, when possible) APDEM 802: (Monday 10:00am-12:00pm, when possible) Demography Training Program Please see above for DEMOG 590 and or e-mail me at to set up a meeting time if outside of the scheduled office hours.

(814) 863-9721

Sarah A Font

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Associate Director, Graduate Program in Sociology

612 Oswald Tower

(814) 863-2259

Thomas A. Loughran

  • Professor of Sociology, Criminology, and Public Policy
  • Director, Graduate Program in Criminology

1011 Oswald Tower

(814) 865-8668

Ahmet Guler

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Criminology
  • Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, World Campus

Department of Sociology and Criminology 1003 Oswald Tower

(814) 863-3671

Center Directors

Jennifer Glick

  • Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Professor in Sociology
  • Director, Population Research Institute

(814) 863-4719

Gary Zajac

  • Managing Director, Criminal Justice Research Center; Research Professor

(814) 863-6206