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Dr. Kenneth Culton

Dr. Kenneth Culton

Associate Professor; Chairperson of Sociology Department

Phone:
716.286.8094
Office Location:
Timon Hall

Dr. Culton joined the Sociology Department in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2006. His dissertation is titled "DIY Punk on Long Island: On the Development of Activist Identities." *Focus of Teaching* Social Theory, Deviance, Youth and Music Subcultures, Sociology of Sport *Current Research* Using music to teach sociological theory;...

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Dr.  Todd Schoepflin

Dr. Todd Schoepflin

Associate Professor

Phone:
716.286.8081
Office Location:
Timon Hall
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Dr. Schoepflin grew up in Niagara Falls and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1990. He received his B.A. in psychology from SUNY Fredonia in 1994 and attended graduate school at Stony Brook University. In 2004, he completed his dissertation at Stony Brook, entitled “A Sociological Analysis of Interracial...

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Dr. Sevsem  Cicek-Okay

Dr. Sevsem Cicek-Okay

Assistant Professor

Phone:
7162868080
Office Location:
timon hall

Dr. Cicek-Okay is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Niagara University. She received her B.S. and MA in Sociology from Cumhuriyet University in Turkey. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Cincinnati in 2020. Her dissertation is titled “Patterns and Trends in Spatial Assimilation of Middle Eastern and...

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Dina Martin

Dina Martin

Senior Lecturer

Phone:
716.286.8729
Office Location:
Bailo Hall

Dina is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Niagara University. She earned her B.A. in Sociology in 2008 at NU and then a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2010.  Focus of Teaching Introduction to Sociology

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Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah

Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah

Adjunct Professor

Phone:
716.286.8080

Dr. Jabbaar-Gyambrah is the senior assistant director of the University Honors College at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Prior to this, she served as the director of multicultural affairs at Hilbert College for six years. Focus of Teaching Black Families Part I and Part II, Hip-Hop in Society,...

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Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Bryan Whitley-Grassi

Senior Lecturer

Phone:
716.286.8080

My name is Professor Whitley-Grassi. I am a Senior Lecturer at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. in the Department of Sociology and a doctoral student at SUNY University at Albany. My current research interests include: LGBTQ+ History, Social Studies Education, Sociology of Education, Political Sociology, Social Policy and Public...

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Dr. John Murphy

Dr. John Murphy

Senior Lecturer

Phone:
716.286.8080

Dr. John Murphy is returning to teaching at NU after almost 14 years in higher education administration.  He has a Ph.D. in Policy Studies from SUNY @ Buffalo specializing in the organizational theory and policymaking in higher education administration.  His research includes the integration of instructional technologies in the college...

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Dr. Kimberly Silla

Senior Lecturer

Phone:
716.286.8080
 
Melanie Mayberry

Melanie Mayberry

Senior Lecturer

Phone:
716-286-8080

Dr. Melanie Mayberry earned her Ph.D. At the University at Buffalo in Biological Anthropology in 2017. Prior to her work in Anthropology, she completed her undergraduate work in Biology at Eastern Michigan University, and a masters at the University at Albany in Forensic Biology. She worked for years as a...

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Leslie  Pickering

Leslie Pickering

Lecturer

Phone:
716-286-8080
 
Rachel  Pitonyak

Rachel Pitonyak

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Film and Media Studies at Mercyhurst University, and an MA in Film and Media Study with a Secondary Concentration in Sociology at the University at Buffalo.  She is currently a PhD Candidate in University at Buffalo American Studies program.  Her current...

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Ibrahim  Berrada

Ibrahim Berrada

Phone:
716-286-8080

Ibrahim Berrada earned his BA in Political Science with a Concentration in International Relations from Carleton University. He completed his MA in Canadian-American Studies at Brock University and State University of New York at Buffalo. Ibrahim spent a number of years as a political staffer in Ottawa working for several...

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