People

Faculty

Assistant Professor
Amie Bostic, PhD
Assistant Professor

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

Phone: (956) 665-2367
Edinburg, ELABN 344A
Specialization: Environmental sociology, disasters, demography, quantitative methods, statistics
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
Office: Edinburg, ELABN 344
Specialization: Gender, life course and the family, food studies, diasporas and immigration, Korean Americans
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
Qi "Phoenix" Sun, PhD
Lecturer

Phone: 956-665-3321
Brownsville Main 1.432
Specialization: Deviance, disasters, advanced statistics
Curriculum Vitae
Lecturer
Alma D. Trevino-Garza, PhD
Lecturer

Phone: 956-665-2581
Edinburg, ELABN 338
Specialization: Social psychology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social Stratification, Research Methods
Curriculum Vitae
Lecturer II
Billy Ulibarri, PhD
Lecturer II

Phone: 956-665-3321
Brownsville, Main 1.432
Specialization: Public sociology, victimization, critical symbolic interactionism, social problems, gendered violence, inequality, human trafficking, gender/sexuality, intersectionality, qualitative 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

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.