People

Faculty

Assistant Professor
Amie Bostic, PhD
Assistant Professor

(956) 882-8894
Brownsville, Main 1.436
Specialization: Social policy, poverty, political sociology, immigration, gender
Professor & Department Chair
William Donner, PhD
Professor & Department Chair

(956) 665-2367
Edinburg, ELABN 344A
Specialization: Environmental sociology, disasters, demography, quantitative methods, statistics
Curriculum Vitae
Lecturer I
Luis E. Espinoza, PhD, MPH, CHESĀ®, CPH
Lecturer I

(956) 665-3321
Edinburg, ELABN 329
Specialization: Social stratification, health education/promotion, public health, emergency risk management and women's health
Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor
Steven Foy, PhD
Associate Professor

Phone: 956-665-3705
Edinburg, ELABN 360
Specialization: Medical sociology, social psychology, race and ethnicity
Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor
Ramon Guerra, PhD
Associate Professor

Phone: 956-665-3339
Edinburg, ELABN 322
Specialization: Religion, race and ethnicity, Mexican Americans
Associate Professor & Disaster Studies Program Coordinator
Dean Kyne, PhD
Associate Professor & Disaster Studies Program Coordinator

Phone: 956-665-2572
Edinburg, ELABN 343
Specialization: Disasters, sustainability, environmental justice, nuclear power disasters, GIS
Curriculum Vitae
Assistant Professor
Arlett Lomeli, PhD
Assistant Professor

Phone: 956-665-3318
Edinburg, ELABN 350
Specialization: Race/ethnicity, gender, criminology, ecofeminism
Curriculum Vitae
Lecturer
Young-Rae Oum, PhD
Lecturer

Phone: 956-665-3321
Edinburg, ELABN 344
Specialization: Gender, life course and the family, food studies, diasporas and immigration, Korean Americans
Curriculum Vitae
Professor
Marla D. Perez-Lugo, PhD
Professor

(956) 665-8160
Edinburg, ELABN 353
Specialization: Environmental Sociology
Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor & Sociology Graduate Program Coordinator
Salvatore Restifo, PhD
Associate Professor & Sociology Graduate Program Coordinator

Phone: 956-665-8798
Edinburg, ELABN 333
Specialization: Race/ethnicity, immigration, political economy, collective behavior, mass media
Curriculum Vitae
Emeritus Professor
Chad Richardson, PhD
Emeritus Professor

956-665-3321
Edinburg, ELABN 344
Specialization: Race/ethnicity, Border Studies, Immigration, Education
Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor
Bienvenido Ruiz, PhD
Associate Professor

Phone: 956-665-7843
Edinburg, ELABN 362
Specialization: Race/ethnicity, U.S. Latino populations, international migration, social stratification, substance abuse policy
Curriculum Vitae
Professor
Igor Ryabov, PhD
Professor

Phone: 956-665-7874
Edinburg, ELABN 335
Specialization: Sociology of education, Sociology of health, immigration, race/class/gender
Assistant Professor
Katarzyna Sepielak, PhD
Assistant Professor

Phone: 956-882-7384
Brownsville, Main 1.434
Specialization: Cross-cultural communication, Accessibility in emergency management, Risk and conflict communication, Audiovisual translation, Language in field research, Quantitative methods, Mass media, Medical interpreting
Curriculum Vitae
Lecturer
Alma D. Trevino-Garza, PhD
Lecturer

956-665-2581
Edinburg, ELABN 338
Specialization: Social psychology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Stratification, Research Methods
Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor
Dawid Wladyka, PhD
Associate Professor

Phone: 956-882-7384
Brownsville, Main 1.434
Specialization: Sustainability, Disasters, Migration, Diversity, Ethnic Relations, Urban/Rural Studies, Field Research Methodology, GIS
Curriculum Vitae
Lecturer
Leticia Nevarez Zavala, MS
Lecturer

Phone: (956) 665-3579
Edinburg, ELABN 324
Specialization: Gender, Forced Sterilization, Eugenics, Race
Curriculum Vitae

Staff

Administrative Assistant II
Jesus "Jesse" Medina
Administrative Assistant II

956-665-8723
Edinburg, ELABN 344

Contact information for temporary and part-time faculty is available by calling (956) 665-3321 or emailing jesus.medina@utrgv.edu.