"The last thing a fish would ever notice would be the water." Ralph Linton
You swim in social and cultural worlds more complex than you are used to noticing. We all do. In the department of Sociology and Anthropology, we seek to help students see and understand those worlds.
Learn About Critical Issues
in our Society and Beyond
Meet the Faculty
Argentine-born anthropologist Terry Hoops (Ph.D. Michigan State University) leads courses which teach students to ask questions and unpack tangles of cultural, historical, and material complexity, with a focus on Latin America, urban centers, food, and the politics of water.
Bart Dredge (Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill) is a sociologist who guides students through analyses of social institutions at the heart of American public life, past and present through courses on labor, law, social movements, and education.
Brian Watkins (Ph.D. Michigan State University), Department Chair, is a sociocultural anthropologist who focuses on issues of language, human rights, and the law, and he teaches courses which highlight the transnationality and intersectionality of forms of everyday life, with topics from American Indians to race, gender, and language.
After Austin College
Students who study sociology and anthropology earn well rounded degrees in which they hone their abilities in reading, writing, and thinking on a daily basis. They also learn to navigate human difference and social distance with grace and humility and to critically analyze issues of complexity and supreme relevance to the world around them. Learning to see the social fabric of everyday life can be an empowering part of your education.
Erica attended Austin College and received a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine.
Nicole graduation from Austin College in 2013 and attended Law school at Texas Tech. She specialized in mediation and labor law. Nicole is now Employee Relations Coordinator for the Austin (TX) Independent School District.
Ana Maria Rea graduated from Austin College in 2017. While still a student, she did research in Querétaro, Mexico among Otomi communities, and she now works as an immigration advocate for RAICES: the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.
Aven graduated from Austin College in 2016. She attended Texas State University and received her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration.
After majoring in anthropology at Austin College, Roger Stroope furthered his Austin College education at Northern Arizona University with an MA in Anthropology and Sociology, doing his fieldwork in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a visiting researcher with The Queen’s University. He taught anthropology classes at the Navajo Nation’s Dine’ College, and is now a full-time… [Read More]
Cayce graduated form Austin College in 2012. She received her Masters in Education from SMU and is now a teacher with the Allen (TX) Independent School District.
Since graduating from the Austin College Anthropology and Theatre programs, I’ve joined the Peace Corps in Madagascar as a TEFL certified English teacher. During my first 2 years of service, I taught English to over 400 middle and high school students in the highlands of Madagascar and took part in many secondary projects including: massive… [Read More]
Tabatha Keton graduated from Austin College in 2016 with Honors in anthropology. She worked for the Choctaw Nation writing millions of dollars of grants, and she is currently attending UCLA’s American Indian Studies program for her MA.
Laura Chadwick obtained an MA in Anthropology in 2008 from the University of Illinois in Chicago and another in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She has worked in a law firm for ten years doing background research for asylum and refugee cases and is now self-employed as an acupuncturist and herbalist.
Victoria graduated from Austin College and went on to receive her Masters in Counseling Education from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Alexander graduated from Austin College in 2013. He is a 3rd year student at SMU law school, specializing in corporate law.
Majors: Spanish & Music Ph.D., Sociology, Harvard University Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Faith in Texas Lydia is a Harvard-trained sociologist and author of The Politics of Evangelical Identity. As Executive Director and founder of Faith in Texas, she works to raise civic participation among low-income and moderate-income people of faith. Lydia writes… [Read More]
Sherry graduated from Austin College. She received a Master of Arts in Accounting from SMU and will begin law school in Fall 2018.