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  • Criminology
  • Demography  
  • Social Inequality
  • Family, Relationships, and Interpersonal Networks
  • Health and Life Course
  • Urban, Community and Spatial Sociology
  • Immigration and Incorporation
  • Social Institutions, Policy, and Culture
  • Quantitative Methods

R.S. Oropesa ("Sal")

  • Professor of Sociology & Demography


Urban social disorder and disorganization, immigrant incorporation and assimilation in new destinations, neighborhood mobilization

Richard Felson

  • Professor of Criminology and Sociology

(814) 865-8797


Social psychology of violence; race, regional, and national differences in violence

Roger Finke

  • Distinguished Professor of Sociology and International Affairs
  • and co-Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (theARDA.com)

(814) 867-1427


religion and state relations, comparative historical, democracy, global religions

Scott T. Yabiku

  • Professor of Sociology and Demography

(814) 863-0145


Demography, Family, Population and Environment, Migration

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

(814) 863-9721


Spatial and health inequality

Steven A. Haas

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography

(814) 867-2830


social stratification, demography of health and aging

Valarie King

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

(814) 863-8716


Father-child relationships, grandparent-grandchild relationships, child well-being, religion and family behavior

Wayne Osgood

  • Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Sociology