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Faculty and Staff

Erik Larson
  • Erik Larson
  • Professor of Sociology and Chair
  • Works at the intersections of Sociology of Law, Economic Sociology, and Political Sociology. Interests include emergence and operations of the rights of Indigenous peoples, development of new financial markets, and political contention, rule of law, and coups.
  • 651-696-6309
Khaldoun Samman
  • Khaldoun Samman
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Focuses on world historical-comparative and urban sociology, globalization, sociology of religion, and modes of identities in the Middle East
  • 651-696-6845
Erika Busse-Cardenas
  • Erika Busse-Cardenas
  • Associate Professor
  • Areas of interest include international migration to cities, racialization, family, and reproductive justice, and urban ethnography.
  • 651-696-6518
Christina Hughes
  • Christina Hughes
  • Assistant Professor
  • Drawing on diverse methods to better understand how everyday social life is embedded within the global political economy, her research broadly demonstrates how racial and gendered labor and punishment are organized within and across the Global North and South. 
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Aspen Chen
  • Aspen Chen
  • Visiting Professor
  • Areas of interest include family, education, immigration and quantitative methods.
Vanessa Phelan