Watch the video below for more information on the CDIR, it's staff, and some of their current projects.
Director: Dr. Jim Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell joined the East Carolina University Department of Sociology in 1980. As a Professor of sociology, his research and writing is based in Eastern North Carolina, describing and explaining health disparity and access to assistive services among community-dwelling older people.
Dr. Mamadi Corra
Dr. Corra has been teaching with the university Sociology department since 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor and his research focus examines transnational migration contexts as well as race, gender, social and class inequalities.
Dr. Bob Edwards
Dr. Luci Fernandes
Dr. Edwards joined the ECU team in 1995 with the Sociology department where he is currently a Professor of sociology. His research focus is on political sociology, social movements, the environment and organizations.
Dr. Fernandes is a Professor in ECU's Anthropology Department. Her research interests include Cuban history and culture.
Dr. Melinda Kane
Dr. Kane joined the university in 2008 and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research focus looks at social movements, political sociology, and gay and lesbian politics.
Dr. Holly Matthews
Dr. Linda Mooney
Dr. Matthews is a Professor of Anthropology. Her areas of study include cognitive and medical gerontology.
Dr. Mooney joined the university in 1986 and currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research areas of interest include criminology, deviance and sociology law.
Dr. Susan Pearce
Dr. Rebecca Powers
Dr. Marieke Van Willigen
Dr. Pearce joined the East Carolina University faculty in 2008 as a part of the Sociology Department. Her research focuses on the cultural contexts of politics, particularly concerning ethnicity, migration, gender, and social movements in the United States and in European countries undergoing democratic transformations.
Dr. Powers joined the ECU faculty in 2000 and currently works as an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department. Her research areas of interest include gender, work, inequality and immigration.
Dr. Van Willigen joined the ECU faculty in 1997 and currently serves as the Interim Chair of the Sociology Department. Her research interests include mental health, volunteering, gender and environmental sociology.
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