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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty members have expertise spanning many areas of sociology, including the following.

  • The Sociology of Conflict
  • The Sociology of Culture
  • The Sociology of Education
  • The Sociology of Gender
  • The Sociology of the Past
  • The Sociology of Migration
  • The Sociology of Power
  • The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • The Sociology of Religion
  • The Sociology of Urban Life

We are active and engaged faculty members who center teaching and advising in our professional identities. As sociologists, we publish books and scholarly articles, present, research, teach and learn in a community of like-minded colleagues and students. The close links between our students and our faculty members uniquely enhances the study of sociology at Davidson.

Natalie Delia Deckard

Natalie Delia Deckard
Ph.D. Emory University

I teach courses in political sociology, globalization, migration, critical criminology, and quantitative methods. In my classes, I focus on supporting my students' development as sociologists by grounding coursework in individual research interests.

Joseph C. Ewoodzie, Jr.

Joseph C. Ewoodzie, Jr.
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

As a teacher, I help students develop critical thinking skills for making sense of the social world. To do so, I spend a significant amount of time building trust in relationships with students, especially during one-on-one meetings in office hours. As I strengthen relationships with students, I learn about the varied cultural toolkits and learning styles they bring with them. To tap the potential of all students, I vary my teaching methods to maximize their learning. I teach courses on qualitative methods, sociological theory, culture, race, and urban sociology.

Gayle Kaufman

Gayle Kaufman
Ph.D. Brown University

My research examines aspects of modern marriage, parenting and family. I love teaching at Davidson because the college encourages professors to work with students on their research projects.

Hilton Kelly

Hilton Kelly
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

I am the chair of the Educational Studies department. I teach courses on the sociology of education, social inequality, critical race theory, and education in African American history and culture.

Gerardo Marti

Gerardo Marti (Chair)
Ph.D. University of Southern California

The focus of my research and teaching is race-ethnicity, religion, identity, and social change. I am most interested in uncovering the dynamics of contemporary issues like diversity, religious innovation and generational differences in self-understanding. My courses are often seminar style and are best characterized by a cooperative process of critical thinking and analytical dialogue.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

I am a media effects and health communication professor-scholar and my research focuses on intersectionality, racial/ethnic and gender stereotypes, entertainment media, effects on diverse audiences, and stigmatized health issues among minority populations. I teach cross-listed classes between Communication Studies and Sociology including Mass Media and Society, Media Effects, and Gendered Communication in Society.


Cheryl Branz

Cheryl Branz
Administrative Assistant

My work with faculty requires the use of multiple skills to cover their needs and the needs of each department, from ordering supplies to planning events and accounting needs. My goal is to help faculty be prepared to give Davidson students the best they have to offer in the classroom or on a trip with one of the programs abroad that we offer.