The Sociology and Anthropology faculty are actively engaged in scholarship that creates knowledge and aids in developing student research skills. Here are some examples:
- Christina Brooks returned this summer from Historic Williamsburg, Virginia where she carried out research in mortuary archaeology and African diaspora studies as an NEH Challenge Grant fellow. Upon returning to Winthrop, she and her students began the final phase of an archaeological survey of Historic Brattonsville’s enslaved African cemetery which was recently completed by Brooks and her students. She published an article on the subject in SC Antiquities (2011). She also published an article in Southeastern Archaeology (2011) on her research at Hobcaw Barony’s enslaved cemeteries. She will be traveling to Jamaica during the spring semester to continue her research in mortuary archaeology.
- Rick Chacon recently co-edited a 19 chapter interdisciplinary work dealing with some of the many ethical dilemmas stemming from the reporting of Amerindian-induced environmental degradation and/or warfare.
- Douglas Eckberg published a research article and presented two papers in 2011, all on the broad topic of historical changes in homicide. He published “Homicide Rates in the Old West” in Western Historical Quarterly 42 (Summer), pp. 173–196 [with Randolph Roth and Michael Maltz]. He read “Murder, Medicine, and Measurement: The Absence of NCVS-Based Lethality Reduction, 1973-2009” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology; and he read “Historical Homicide Versus Historical Violence: Final Estimates of Survivable Homicide Deaths in Charleston, County, South Carolina, 1883-1912.” At the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association.
- April Gordon has submitted 2 papers for publication, one on the politics of race in South Africa, the other on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policies in South Africa (both 2011). She has 2 encyclopedia articles, one on nationalism in Africa for the Encyclopedia of World History (2011) and one on African immigration to the US for the Encyclopedia of World Immigration (2012). She has published 2 book reviews in Journals. Her current effort is writing and editing the 5th edition of her best-selling textbook, Understanding Contemporary Africa, coming out in 2012.
- Jeannie Haubert is organizing an upcoming paper session at the Southern Sociological Society meetings in 2012 on Service Learning. She and Dr. Williams will present some of their research from Rocha Nicaragua titled “Dirt Floors, Pickup Trucks, and Latrines: Assessing Service Learning in a Developing Country”.
- Kelly James is a qualitative researcher interested in the intersection of gender and deviance. Rule-making and rule-breaking are the most interesting parts of the social process of deviance - what society considers wrong or bad in any historical or contemporary period and why people do what they do. Both areas offer a rich world of exploration. My current projects include an exploration of original understandings of sexuality heard in the 'first stories' people remember being told about sex and also how students feel about the philosophies of punishment.
- Jonathan Marx published two paper in 2011, “The Presentation of the Student Role in Everyday Classroom Life” (with departmental colleagues Jennifer Crew Solomon and Bradley G. Tripp) in Assessment Update: Progress, Trends and Practices in Higher Education, 23 (January-February) and “Excluding Mothers-in-Law: Research Note on the Preference of Matrilineal Advice” (with colleagues Lee Q. Miller and Scott Huffmon) in Journal of Family Issues 23(9) 1205-1222. He has an additional paper under review on institutional grade inflation (with David Meeler) that is slated for presentation at the Southern Sociological Society meetings this spring 2012.