Kenneth H. Tucker

Chair, Professor of Sociology & Anthropology
Kenneth H. Tucker

Patricia Banks

Associate Professor of Sociology

Patricia Ann Banks is a sociologist of culture who studies art patronage and the art market. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class (Routledge 2010), she traverses the New York and Atlanta art worlds to uncover how black identities are cultivated through black art patronage. Her current research addresses topics such as the market for contemporary African art, e-commerce in the art market, and patronage at African American museums.

Richard D. Moran

Professor of Sociology

Eleanor R. Townsley

Professor of Sociology, 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.

Visiting Faculty

Timothy Malacarne

Visiting Assistant Professor of Data Science
Timothy Malacarne

Nickie Michaud Wild

Visiting Assistant Lecturer of Sociology

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.


Michelle Pietras

Academic Department Coordinator

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

Barbara Bunyan