Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall, Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371

Faculty and Staff

Linda Bzhetaj
Special Instructor
Graham Cassano
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Brandeis University, Sociology
Urban sociology, theory, labor history, mass media, race, gender and class
Dennis Condron
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Sociology
Sociology of education, social stratification
Heidi Lyons
Associate Professor and Advisor
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Sociology 
Family, population, social demography, life course, sex and gender, quantitative methods 
Matthew May
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Sociology 
Religion, mental health, organizations, and work-family issues
Terri L. Orbuch
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Sociology
Interpersonal relationships, race/gender, interrelationships between relationships, marital stability and quality, sexuality and sexual norms, account-making and narratives
Maria Paino
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia, Sociology
Education, organizations, occupation and work, gender and inequalities, research methods, deviance
Jo Reger
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Ohio State University, Sociology
Social movements, gender, qualitative methods, organizations
George Sanders
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Sociology
Sociology of religion, stratification, research methods, theory
Jon Carroll
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Anthropology 
Cultural transmission, social interaction and integration, political organization, GIS and computer modeling, archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands of North America
Henri Gooren
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Utrecht University, Anthropology
Religion, Latin America
Dorothy Nelson
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Anthropology
Ethnic differences in skeletal health, bone mass and body composition in growth and development, osteoporosis

Mike Pytlik
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology—Judaic Studies
Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies, Spertus College
Archaeology of Israel, Archaeology of Sacred Sites in the Near East, formation of ancient states, leads Study Abroad archaeological trip to Israel.

Suzanne Spencer-Wood
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Anthropology
Feminist theory in anthropology and archaeology, archaeological theory and method, historical archaeology, industrial archaeology and cultural resource management

Theresa Anasti
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Social Work
Human trafficking, sex work, social welfare policy, & community organizing

Instructor of Social Work
MSW, University of Michigan
Doctoral Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Resilience, educational attainment or urban youth, restorative justice, children of incarcerated parents, mental health practice with racial/ethnic families.
Stephanie Brandimarte
Director of Field and Student Services
LMSW, University of Michigan
Gerontology, end-of-life care, family transitions, mental health
Maria Beam
Director of Social Work
LMSW, Michigan State University
Ph.D., Oakland University, Educational Leadership
Community and organizational development, program evaluation & food insecurity
Heather El-Khoury
Coordinator of Field and Student Support
Mount Clemens Campus Anton Frankel/Center
LMSW, Wayne State University 
At-risk youth, youth homelessness, crisis intervention
Angela Kaiser
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Wayne State University, Social Work
Organizational and community processes
Scott J. Smith
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Arizona State University, Social Work
Sexual health, health disparities, international social work
Kareen Tonsing
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong, Social Work
Immigration, children and family welfare, mental health, family violence
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., The University of Texas Arlington, Social Work
Refugees, Immigrants, trauma mental health, health disparities, international social work
Jacob H. Becker
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, Sociology
Communities and crime, quantitative analysis, urban sociology, neighborhood social control
Terressa Benz
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Criminology, University of California, Irvine
Critical criminology, firearm ownership and carry practices, criminological and sociological theory, law and society, elite and white-collar crime, community context of crime, crime and public policy, policing and self-protection, urban sociology, ethnographic field methods, deviance and social control
Amanda Burgess-Proctor
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Criminal Justice
Criminological theory, feminist criminology, intimate partner violence, juvenile justice
Lori Burrington
Associate Professor
J.D.,Ph.D., Ohio State University, Sociology
Contextual effects on adolescent and early adult crime, delinquency and health-risk behaviors; race, ethnic, class and gender disparities in problem and health-risk behaviors

Kimberly Byrd
Director of Field Services & Student Support
MSW, Wayne State University
Post Master Certificate in Higher Education

Wendi L. Johnson
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Sociology
Criminological theory, delinquency, health and well-being, family and parenting, inequality, adolescence and emerging adulthood, quantitative methodology
Albert J. Meehan
Ph.D., Boston University, Sociology
Policing, ethnomethodology, conversation analysis

Watoii Rabii
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University at Buffalo, Sociology
Crime, Law, Deviance, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Urban Sociology, Masculinity

Peter Bertocci
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Anthropology 
William E. Bezdek
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Psychology 
Judith K. Brown
Ed.D., Harvard University, Human Development
James W. Dow
Ph.D., Brandeis University, Anthropology 
David R. Maines
Ph.D. University of Missouri, Sociology
Curriculum Vitae 
Jacqueline Scherer
Ph.D., Syracuse University, Sociology 
Gary Shepherd
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Sociology
Curriculum Vitae 
Richard B. Stamps
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Anthropology
George Constance

George Constance has been an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Michigan for the past 2.5 years. Prior to that, he was an attorney within the City of Warren City Attorney office for 25 years. He has taught at the community college and university level for 25 years. Also, he was the Macomb County Public Service Institute (Police Academy) Instructor of the year in 2010.

William Cousins

William Cousins has over 35 years of law enforcement and security experience.  In 2006, after serving over 22 years, he retired as an Assistant to The Special Agent in Charge in the United States Secret Service.  Upon retirement, he worked in a consulting capacity for Deloitte before joining the security department at Chrysler, where he rose to the position of Director of Corporate Security.  He then went on to become the Head of Security for American Axle Manufacturing.

Mr. Cousins is the founder and Managing Director of the firm WJ Cousins & Associates.  In this role he is able to leverage his experience and expertise in the areas of security, investigations and consulting.  Mr. Cousins has been selected as the lead security consultant for projects in both the public and the private sector. 

Mr. Cousins earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Madonna University and Master of Science from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University-Police Executive Leadership Program.   He is an adjunct professor at Oakland University teaching courses in Security.  He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, Oakland County Sheriff’s Advisory Council and the Domestic Security Advisory Council. 

Christopher Dingwall

Beverly Fogelson

Beverly Fogelson is a Special Lecturer in both the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of International Studies. She received her Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from Wayne State University where she was a Lecturer and the Department Graduate Advisor. Her primary interests are in Globalization, Legal Studies, Urban Anthropology, Psychological Cultural Anthropology, Human Evolution, and Latin America. She served on several Business Anthropology research projects at General Motors as a consultant. Prior to becoming an Anthropologist she was a Certified Court Reporter working in all levels of both the local and federal court systems.

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy, Ph.D., began his career in criminal justice and security administration as a civilian crime analyst with the Detroit Police Department in 1966. Over the next decade, Dr. Kennedy also served as a counselor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a probation officer in Detroit, and as a senior administrator of two police academies in southeastern Michigan. While serving in these capacities, he studied sociology and criminology at Wayne State University, earning B.A. (1967), M.A. (1969), and Ph.D. (1971) degrees along the way. Since completing his formal education, Dr. Kennedy has had extensive specialized training in various aspects of criminal behavior, policing operations, corrections operations, and private sector security management. For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Kennedy has developed expertise in forensic criminology: the application of criminological knowledge to matters of immediate concern to various courts of law.

Samuel Lucido

Sam Lucido served as Chief of Police for the Oakland University Police Department. He also served for 25 years as a member of the Detroit Police Department. He experienced the full range of working in an urban policing environment while assigned to patrol operations, criminal investigations, training and staff/administration. He served in the ranks of police officer, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant and retired at the rank of inspector in 1997.Following his retirement from DPD, he taught for two years full-time as an assistant professor of criminal justice and undergraduate student advisor at Madonna University. He then served for four years as Chief of Police in Northfield Township (near Ann Arbor) and the next eleven years as Chief of Police here at Oakland University. He earned a BS in Police Administration and an MS in Criminal Justice, both from Wayne State University. He also attended numerous professional training programs, including additional graduate work at Northwestern University and coursework at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has also taught part-time at Wayne County Community College, Henry Ford Community College and here at Oakland University in the MPA Program.

J. D. Macri

Joseph D Macri, Ph.D. began his career as a sworn Probation Officer in the city of Detroit. After 10 years he moved to the University of Detroit as full time faculty and became Department Chair and Program Director in the Criminal Justice Department of the Graduate School. He then went to Oakland Community College as District Wide Director of Public Safety and Campus Police, also serving as Academic Dean for all Criminal Justice/Public Safety programs, including the Oakland Police Academy and the Oakland Fire and EMT Academies. After taking an early retirement from OCC Dr Macri spent 2 ½ years at a comprehensive Medical Center in Miami FL (Jackson Memorial Hospital-Public Health Trust) where he was Vice President for Safety, Security and Emergency Management. Dr Macri has served in both the US Army and US Navy Reserves and is currently a Marine Safety Staff Officer in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, working primarily in Planning and Analysis roles. He is also a certified instructor/facilitator in the US Coast Guard TCT(Team Coordination Training –Operational Risk Management) program. His formal education includes BA, MA (Eastern Michigan University) and Ph.D. (Wayne State University),all in Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice Education, in addition to several specialized Police Academy and Military programs,primarily in criminal justice, planning and data analysis topics. 

Elizabeth Rose Paré

Elizabeth R. Paré graduated from Wayne State University in December 2009, earning a Ph.D. in Sociology. Her dissertation, “Mother and Student: The Experience of Mothering in College,” explored the nature of student motherhood and whether educational institutions are equipped to handle students who have full-time parenting responsibilities. She is currently working on publishing parts of this dissertation in article form. Her primary research interests include family, gender, and education. Her work has been published in the Michigan Family Review, Journal of Family Issues and Advances in Gender Research.

Teddi Setzer

Teddi Setzer received her Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology at the University of South Florida in 2010. She is a bioarchaeologist who researches biocultural adaptations to malaria infections and changing climates. She is also interested in archaeological science, disease theories, European prehistory, mortuary analysis, skeletal biology, and the analysis of mummified remains. Her hands-on teaching and service to the City of Pontiac has gained attention throughout the United States by the Associated Press.

Matthew Switalski

The Honorable Matthew Switalski was elected to the Macomb County Circuit Court in 2002. The youngest of seven children, he graduated from Roseville High School in 1987, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1991, and his J.D. from the University of Detroit in 1994. He served as Assistant City Attorney for St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe, and Grosse Pointe Farms from 1995 to 1998. As a Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor for 1999 to 2002, Judge Switalski won jury convictions for murder, rape, arson, carjacking, kidnapping, and armed robbery. As a Circuit Judge, he presides over criminal and juvenile matters, including adoptions and the Macomb County Juvenile Drug Court.

James Windell

James Windell, M.A., teaches criminal justice classes at Wayne State University and Oakland University. Previously he was a court clinical psychologist with the Oakland County Circuit Court's Psychological Clinic for more than 25 years where he conducted group therapy with delinquent adolescents and co-led the high-conflict post-divorce group ADEPT. He was a probation officer in juvenile court and a supervisor in Oakland County Youth Assistance, a delinquency prevention program. As a psychotherapist, he specialized in work with disruptive and oppositional children and teens.

Randall Wyatt

Donna Lackie

Donna Lackie, LMSW ACSW is a social worker with 30 years experience in Parenting and Early Childhood Programs. At Oakland Schools, Donna is responsible for Great Parents education programs and also serves as Co-Coordinator of Great Start Collaborative-Oakland. Her area of expertise include “protective factors” that strengthen families ? resiliency, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support of basic needs and social/emotional competence. According to research, these factors promote optimal child development. Since 2004, Donna served as the Early Childhood Consultant for United Way for Southeastern Michigan. In 2006, Donna was awarded the Collaborative Champion Award by the Human Services Collaborative Council. Donna also actively participates on the Parent Education and Family Support state advisory board for the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. In 2011 Donna was named the recipient of the Great Start “Fierce Heart” established by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). Ms Lackie teaches Social Work Field Seminar and serves as a field liaison.
Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox, MSW is a part time lecturer of social work for Oakland University’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. He received a BA in Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and an MSW from West Chester University in West Chester, PA. Ryan has 10+ years of field experience in hospice care working with terminally ill patients and their families providing education in end of life care. He has held various positions in the hospice industry including: Social Worker, Director of Supportive Services, and Executive Hospice Director.

In addition to teaching the social work practicum seminar class, Ryan currently serves as a Hospice Care Consultant for a local hospice in Southeastern Michigan educating the community about the benefits of hospice and palliative care. Mr. Fox teaches Social Work Field Seminar and serves as a field liaison.
Katharine Morgan

Katharine Morgan, MSW, LMSW received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Policy, Planning and Administration from Western Michigan University. She is a fully Licensed Masters Social Worker who has worked as a collegiate academic advisor and community mental health practitioner for over 10 years. Katharine is vested in the development and implementation of social service programming and outcome measures to ensure effective service delivery with emphasis on: federal grant writing, program planning/ design, creating/ facilitating community trainings related to treatment planning and supervision, staff recruitment/ development, fiscal audits/ reviews and event planning/ marketing tasks. Katharine currently works for a local community mental health agency supervising the coordination of over $2.1 million dollars in federal public housing funds designated throughout Michigan. She sits on various committees related to public housing and currently volunteers her time as a civil court mediator with the Oakland Mediation Center facilitating conflict resolution and legal negotiation. Ms. Morgan teaches Social Work Field Seminar and serves as a field liaison.
Megan Widman

Megan Widman, MSW has worked in the domestic violence / sexual assault field for more than a decade, as an advocate, an educator, and in administration. She is currently a trainer with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards where she is responsible for training law enforcement across the state on how to effectively respond to domestic violence incidents. Megan also worked at HAVEN of Oakland County for ten years, first as the Director of Prevention Education, later as the Director of Social Action and Advocacy. 

Megan holds a Master's Degree of Social Work with a concentration in Community Practice and Social Action from Wayne State University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.  Megan teaches various courses in the Social Work and Sociology programs. 

Maureen Okasinski

Maureen Okasinski, MSW has 19 years experience in leadership, program development, research, design and evaluation, employee and intern supervision, grant writing and reporting, team work, budget management, case management, counseling and group work. This includes nine years of social work teaching, fourteen years of direct social work practice and five years in consulting. She has an MSW from the University of Michigan with a major in policy and evaluation and a BA in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She has taught at the University of Michigan and Madonna University. Ms. Okasinski teaches Social Work Field Seminar, serves as a field liaison, and Introduction to Social Work.
Elizabeth Montemayor

Elizabeth Montemayor, LLMSW is a social worker with 10 years experience working with the Department of Human Services for the State of Michigan, as a Foster Worker in Genesee County, a Children's Protective Services Investigator in Ingham County, and is currently a Children's Protective Services Supervisor in Ingham County. In this capacity, she supervises investigators, ongoing services, and maltreatment in care investigations. Her area of expertise includes extensive knowledge in the foster care and child protective services systems, knowledge of judicial court systems involving abuse/neglect matters, providing casework services to dependent, neglected, abused, and delinquent children and youths, children with disabilities, socially and economically disadvantaged and dependent adult clients, and other individuals and families. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Leadership Academy through DHS. During her time in the academy she completed extensive work regarding Human Trafficking, participating on a committee to develop and write the formal Human Trafficking Protocol for the State of Michigan. Elizabeth currently participates in the county's Child Death Review panel, the Children's Protective Services Statewide Advisory Committee, the Family Dependency Treatment Court Committee, and the Statewide Continuous Quality Improvement Team. Elizabeth studied at Michigan State University earning both a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services and Master of Social Work degree. Ms. Montemayor teaches Child Welfare (SW 360).
Cassandra Barragan

Cassandra Barragan, LMSW Ms. Barragan currently serves as Oakland University’s Assessment Coordinator through the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment in a part-time capacity. She earned a BSW and MSW from the University of Illinois School of Social Work in 1994 and 1998 respectively and is a Ph.D candidate at Wayne State University. She currently teaches part-time with Baker College and has more than fifteen years of social work practice experience as a geriatric social workers. Ms. Barragan is interested in the policies and legislation that impact the nursing home industry and specifically, the effective use of social workers in health care as part of interdisciplinary teams. Additional areas include community based program implementation of services for seniors. Ms. Barragan teaches HBSE I & II (SW 310 & SW 311) and Practice II Macro Social Work (SW 406).
Clerical Staff
Courtney Byers
Office Assistant II
Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Sonia Evans
Office Assistant
Social Work