Sociology & Anthropology

Two Sociology Faculty Members receive Promotions to Full Professor

Dr. Elgin Mannion

Dr. Oswald Warner

Two Sociology and Anthropology faculty members received Tenure/Promotion this year. Congratulations to Dr. Elgin Mannion and Dr. Oswald Warner on their promotions to Professors of Sociology.






Dr. Patrick J. W. McGinty Doubled Honored By Professional Peers

Dr. Patrick McGintyPatrick J.W. McGinty, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been twice honored in the past year by his disciplinary peers.  Elected as the Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) in May 2014 and having served the first of three years on the SSSI Executive Board, McGinty will begin his one year term of service as Vice-President for the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) in August 2015.  During his term as Vice-President Dr. McGinty’s primary responsibility to the society will be the planning and organization of the society’s annual meeting in August 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

The SSSI is the premier international professional society dedicated to the promotion of symbolic interactionism - a theoretical perspective derived from American pragmatism closely associated with the work of George Herbert Mead as interpreted by Herbert Blumer and other scholars associated with the first “Chicago School of Sociology”.   Further information about the SSSI and the official journal of the society, Symbolic Interaction, can be found online at:

McGinty’s second honor comes in the form of recognition for his recent work within the symbolic interactionist tradition.   McGinty’s recent article, “Divided and Drifting: Interactionism and the Neglect of Social Organizational Analyses in Organization Studies” (2014, Symbolic Interaction, 37:155-186), was recently identified as the winner of the 2014 David R. Maines Narrative Research Award.  The David R. Maines Narrative Research Award is one of seven research awards sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (CCCSIR) at the University of Northern Iowa that are publicly recognized at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual meetings each Fall and through numerous other professional society news updates throughout the year.  To be considered for the Maines Award, the nominated work must (1) interpret or address Maines’ pragmatist approaches, (2) apply Maines’ narrative concepts to a social/communication event, (3) develop aspects of Maines’ scholarship in new directions, or (4) integrate the humanistic development of narrative and Maines' pragmatist conceptual and theoretical direction.  As the author of the winning article, Dr. McGinty will receive a certificate from the CCCSIR and his name will be engraved on a plaque which is on permanent display at Oakland University (Rochester, MI).

In his article, McGinty argues that the analysis of organizational phenomena within interactionism has become bifurcated between social organizational analyses and organizational ethnographies.  McGinty indicates that this division has had the effect of allowing organizational ethnographies to more readily contribute to organization studies while marginalizing studies of social organization.  To end the continued neglect of social organizational analyses in the interdisciplinary field of organization studies, McGinty suggests a number of possible inspirations for promoting future research.


Congratulations to Ms. Shyan Edwards

1st Place Podium Presentation at the 2nd Annual Graduate Research Conference on March 6, 2015 at Western Illinois University.

Shyan Edwards

Three students represented Sociology and Anthropology at the Graduate Research Conference:

  • Ms. Vicki Darwin.  “The Impact of United States v. Windsor (2013) on the Legal Landscape of Same-Sex Unions. Faculty Mentor: Davison Bideshi, Ph.D.
  • Ms. Shyan R. Edwards.  “How Has Jamaican Dancehall Music Contributed to Hostility Towards Members of the LGBT Community?” Faculty Mentor: Davison Bideshi, Ph.D.
  • Mr. Azat Jumayev.  “Challenge of Islam with Democracy in the Modern World” Faculty Mentor: Oswald S. Warner, Ph.D.

Congratulations to all three of our graduate student presenters.