Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Program Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program
Courses: Introduction to Women’s Studies; Language and Culture; Cultures and Peoples of Latin America; Medical Anthropology; Political and Legal Anthropology; Sex, Work and International Capital; Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective; Gender, Race and Inequalities
Dr. Alvey’s teaching and research is inspired by critical traditions in socio-cultural anthropology, feminism, and political-economy. Her work in Nicaragua focuses on the spatial formation of the state, gendered-class and property relations, and social movements. She is also interested in issues of food sovereignty and food justice in Michigan and in comparative perspective.
Kenneth J. Litwin
Associate Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Honors Program Advisor for Criminal Justice
Courses: Sociology of Deviance, Senior Seminar in CRJ, Policing Contemporary Society, Punishment and Social Control
FULL TIME FACULTY
Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Office: 516 French Hall
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Courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice; Corrections; Critical Issues in Probation and Parole; Processing Offenders; Social Inequality and Crime
I received my Ph.D. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. My primary research focuses on treatment and programming for marginalized populations under correctional supervision. However, my research interests include women in prison, prisoner reentry, and the intersection of race, class and gender. Some of my most recent work can be found in Journal of Crime and Justice and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.
Daniel Andrew Birchok
Courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Social Theory; Anthropology of Religion; Anthropology of Islam; The Indian Ocean World; Anthropology of Political Violence; Anthropology of Value and Exchange; Culture, Personality, and Beyond
Dr. Birchok is an anthropologist of religion interested in religion and public life, especially Islam in Indonesia. His research focuses on everyday engagements with religious concepts, and he is especially interested in genealogical authority, religious temporalities, and ritual. Currently, when he is not teaching or taking students on field trips in southeast Michigan, he is writing about a group of Sufis (Islamic mystics) who reside on the west coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province, with special attention to how their changing forms of genealogical authority and evolving notions of orthodoxy reflect the place of religion in the Indonesian state.
Honors Program Advisor for Sociology
Courses: General Statistics; Introduction to Social Research; Senior Seminar
Sasha R. Drummond-Lewis, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology in the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Drummond-Lewis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Wayne State University and her M.A (in Sociology) and B.A. (in Sociology and Criminology) degrees from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Canada.
Her current research explores public attitudes towards women who work in the sex industry. She also conducts research on various aspects related to children the Caribbean (suicide, obesity, media viewing habits, etc.). She enjoys teaching statistics, research methods, senior seminar and courses on intersecting inequalities (race, gender, sexuality, and class).
Courses: Introduction to Sociology; Social Movements in America; Sociology of Families; Gender and Society
Dr. Laube identifies as a feminist sociologist and her scholarly, teaching, and service activities reflect that perspective.
Dr. Laube’s current scholarly work centers around the ways the gendered (and raced, classed, etc.) structures of academia shape the experiences of women, especially feminists, and other marginalized groups.
Courses: Introduction to Sociology; Cities and Society; Urban Sociology; Social Theory; Senior Seminar
Dr. Lederman is a scholar of cities, politics, and urban governance. He regularly teaches Urban Sociology, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Lederman’s past research has examined the political economy of urban change in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work has centered upon the local adoption of new urban policies and planning models and their transformation of existing territorial patterns and forms of inequality.
More recently, Dr. Lederman has started a new project examining the role of public participation in the making of Master Plans for urban development in Flint and Detroit.
Courses: Criminology; Special Topics: CRJ Internship; Law and Society; Criminal Law
Joan Mars' teaching and research interests include immigration and the protection of human rights, global criminology, crime and justice in the Caribbean, and the sociology of law.
Beverley A. Smith
Honors Program Advisor for Anthropology
Courses: Human Origins and Prehistory; Introduction to Archaeology; Native Americans; Eastern North American Archaeology; Mesoamerican Archaeology; Historic Archaeology; Archaeological Field Work; Museum Techniques
Dr. Smith is an anthropologist and archaeologist whose research interests are focused on the relationship between human cultures and animals in subsistence and ritual contexts. She is a zooarchaeologist whose primary interest concerns understanding past cultures of the Great Lakes region. Recently, she has worked with NSF partners in tDAR to address aquatic resource use in the Archaic period and this work is proposed to extend into the Woodland period. She recently supervised the recovery of ancestral remains disturbed in downtown Flint, MI, working with and for the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, resulting in repatriation. Her work intersects anthropology, ethnohistory, evolutionary biology, wildlife ecology, and osteology.
Charles B. Thomas Jr.
Courses: The Black Family; Race & Ethnic Relations; Intro to Sociology
Charles Thomas teaches, among other courses, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Psychology, Black Families, and Religion in American Society. His principle research interests include the study of human values, and racial and gender inequality. At the University of Michigan-Flint, he is a past recipient of the Faculty Distinguished Service Award, and the Olivia P. Maynard and Olof Karlstrom Faculty Award for Civic Engagement.
He is active in the Michigan Sociological Association, is a member of its board, and has served as Vice President of the organization.
Courses: Sociology of Families
Courses: Introduction to Sociology
Courses: General Statistics
Courses: Gender, Crime & Justice, Juvenile Law and Justice
Courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SACJ - Anthropology
Middle East, Gerontology
Courses: Intro to Sociology, Sociology of Families, Social Theory
On April 16, 2015, the Regents of the University of Michigan adopted the following memorial statement for Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Ph.D.
The Regents of the University of Michigan acknowledge with profound sadness the death of Ananthakrishnan Aiyer, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, program director, and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Michigan-Flint. Professor Aiyer died on March 20, 2015.
Professor Aiyer received his B.A. degree from St. Xavier’s College in 1989, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Temple University in 1993 and 2004, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan-Flint faculty as a lecturer in 2000, and was promoted to assistant professor in 2004, and associate professor in 2008.
An inspiring and accomplished teacher, Professor Aiyer researched the international political economy; Latin America; South Asia; crime, corruption, and capitalism; resources and environmental politics; and cultural studies. He edited, with his undergraduate students, the notable book Telling Our Stories: Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in Flint published in 2007. Professor Aiyer authored a number of influential journal articles in the leading scholarly publications and was a frequent invited speaker at national and international symposia. He was a valued student advisor, respected leader in his department, and served many years a chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and director of the International and Global Studies Program. Professor Aiyer expanded course offerings in the anthropology program, developed interdisciplinary learning opportunities, and attracted new student majors. He designed and taught numerous courses including Cultures of South Asia, Third World Cultures Through Film, Terror and Violence, and Seminar on Contemporary Global Issues.
As we mourn the loss of our beloved colleague, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Jennifer and his many loving relatives and friends.
A fund has been established in Dr. Aiyer's memory. Please contact the department office for more information.