Lynn M. Morgan

Chair of Sociology & Anthropology; Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology

Lynn M. Morgan, a medical anthropologist and feminist science studies scholar, has authored and edited three books including most recently Icons of Life:  A Cultural History of Human Embryos (University of California Press, 2009), and over 30 articles. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the School for Advanced Research. She is a founding member of the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS), and Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ). She is currently writing about the backlash against reproductive rights movements in Latin America.

Lynn Morgan

Patricia A. Banks

Associate Professor of Sociology

Patricia A. Banks studies culture, patronage, and markets with a focus on the African Diaspora. Banks will be at Stanford University as a CASBS Fellow in 2018-2019. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class she investigates the bi-directional relationship between art collecting and identity. Banks is completing Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption (Routledge) where she brings sociological theory to bear on race and ethnicity in the marketplace. She is also exploring philanthropy at African American museums, corporate support for the arts, and the market for contemporary African art.

Patricia A. Banks

Richard D. Moran

Professor of Sociology
Richard Moran

Eleanor R. Townsley

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology and Director of Nexus

Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise, and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Townsley served as associate dean of faculty from 2012 to 2016 and is the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program. 


Eleanor Townsley

Kenneth H. Tucker

Helen P. Bibbero Professor of Sociology

Kenneth Tucker’s teaching and research interests include sociological theory, historical sociology, social movements, social inequality, and contemporary media.  He is the author of five books, most recently Workers of the World Enjoy! (2010), and many articles, including The Political is Personal, Expressive, Aesthetic, and Networked: Contemporary American Languages of the Self from Trump to Black Lives Matter (2017).  His current research focuses on the creation of a distinctive upper class culture in late nineteenth century New England and an exploration of the rise and cultural significance of contemporary populism, in particular the appeal of Donald Trump.

Kenneth H. Tucker

Ayca Zayim

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ayca Zayim's research lies at the intersection of economic and political sociology, and the sociology of globalization and development. In particular, she studies power dynamics between global finance and central banks in emerging economies. Based on extensive field research in a global financial center, London, and two emerging economies, South Africa and Turkey, she explores how the power of finance operates in central banking under financial globalization. Her research has been supported by the Center for Engaged Scholarship, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowship. Her future research aims to unpack knowledge production by financiers at global brokerage firms and investment banks.

Ayca Zayim

Visiting Faculty

Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science
Timothy Malacarne

Nickie Michaud Wild

Visiting Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology

Nickie Michaud Wild conducts research on narratives in the media about popular culture, fandom, politics and political humor, culture, moral panics, conspiracy theories, and 9/11. She is currently developing her dissertation about the evolution of political humor on television, during the presidential elections from 1980 to the present, into a book. Michaud Wild has taught a number of popular interdisciplinary courses including 9/11 and the War on Terror, and Cults, Conspiracies, and Moral Panics.

Nickie Michaud Wild


Michelle Pietras

Academic Department Coordinator

Michelle Pietras is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.  Michelle manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, and events, and is located in Porter Hall, Room 102.

Barbara Bunyan