Associate Professor – Sociology, Coordinator of Human Service
PhD and MA University of Oregon; BA Oklahoma City University
Echo received a PhD as well as an MA from the University of Oregon after receiving a BA from Oklahoma City University. Her primary research and teaching interests include studying organizations, non-profit sectors, politics and public policy, as well as social inequality.
Research Anthropologist – Sociology and Anthropology
MLS and BA Rutgers University
Maureen’s research interests involve cultural studies of Southern Oregon grape growers and winemakers, land use changes and heritage agriculture, as well as culinary narrative and regional foodways. She received her MLS and her BA from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Assistant Professor – Sociology and Anthropology
PhD Bowling Green State University; MS and BS University of the West Indies
Larry Gibbs received his PhD in Sociology (specializing in Demography) from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Prior to joining SOU, Dr. Gibbs completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has taught several foundational and substantive sociology courses including Introduction to Sociology, Social Research, Sociology of Health and Health Care Professions and Families and Society. Dr. Gibbs goals for teaching are to have students develop critical thinking skills, comprehensive knowledge of sociology and the ability to apply this knowledge to their lives. His current research focuses on family demography and sociology of health. Specifically, he explores the reproductive behaviors of heterosexuals by relationship type during different developmental stages of the life course. In another strand of research, Dr. Gibbs examines the determinants of diabetes care outcomes among adults.
Katie is a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) specialist at the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology, and has published a few articles in the Jacksonville Review about her archeological findings. Along with being a staff archaeologist, some of her research interests involve GIS, cultural resource management, zooarchaeology, cartography, and photography.
Associate Professor – Sociology, Program Chair – Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
PhD and MA Southern Illinois University – Carbondale; BA Antioch University – Santa Barbara
Kylan received his PhD as well as his MA from Southern Illinois University. Kylan’s interests and research includes topics such as intersectionality, which spans across disciplines not limited to transgender studies, queer studies, queer of color theory, critical race studies, and critical mixed race studies. He is also interested in the sociology of gender, social psychology (with emphasis on identity, collective identity, and symbolic interactionism) and qualitative research methods.
Associate Professor – Anthropology
PhD and MA University of Arizona; BA Guilford College
Jessica acquired her PhD and MA from the University of Arizona, after receiving her BA from Guilford College. Jessica’s main interests and teaching curriculum include topics such as conservation, environmentalism, applied anthropology, and border and migration studies, surrounding countries like Mexico, the US, as well Latin American studies.
Assistant Progessor – Anthropology
PhD and MA University of California – Los Angeles; BA Barnard College
Amber R. Reed’s background and interests are in the areas of South Africa, youth, democracy, race, nostalgia, apartheid, and visual media. Her most recent project, currently under review for publication as a book, investigates how rural South Africans teach and learn about democratic ideals and human rights just after the fall of apartheid. She is also beginning a new project that will examine both the fantasies and realities of post-apartheid life in suburban Johannesburg. Dr. Reed earned her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014.
Research Archaeologist, Director of SOU Laboratory of Anthropology
MA Sonoma State University; BA University of Oregon
Chelsea Rose is a historical archaeologist who focuses on the settlement and development of the American West. She graduated with honors from the University of Oregon, and received her graduate degree in Cultural Resources Management from Sonoma State University. Rose’s recent work has included research in the Jacksonville Chinese Quarter, the homestead of frontier photographer Peter Britt, the native Hawaiian mining camp of Kanaka Flat, and the Historic Applegate Trail. Rose has been working with state and federal agencies to create a research partnership that focuses on Oregon’s Chinese migrant history, and regularly works with the media, students, and community volunteers in an effort to promote archaeological awareness and encourage historical stewardship. Rose serves on the board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and is a member of the governor appointed Oregon Heritage Commission. Rose was recently featured in a book teaching young women about careers in science, called “Archaeology: Cool Women Who Dig by Nomad Press.”
Chair – Sociology and Anthropology, Professor – Sociology
PhD, Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, 1993; MA, Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, 1989; BS, Sociology, University of Oregon 1985
Mark’s research interests include resurgent evangelical Protestantism, religion and politics, religion and environmentalism, environmental justice, and community-based social research. Recent projects involving students include surveys of Ashland Forest Resiliency Project stakeholders, small woodland owners in Oregon, Jackson County residents, and City of Ashland residents. These community-based projects measure perceptions and behavior ranging from public health concerns to the management of natural resources.
Research Sociologist, Director of Southern Oregon University Reserach Center
PhD and MA University of California – Davis; BA Univeristy of California – Berkeley
Eva’s research and teaching interests revolve around topics such as gender, feminism, work and occupations, organizations, regional studies, applied research, qualitative methods, as well as survey methodology. She received her PhD and MA from the University of California (Davis) after receiving her BA from Berkeley.
Associate Professor – Sociology, Chair of Environmental Science and Policy
PhD, Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2011; MS, Environmental Science and Education, Oregon State University, 2004; BA, Biology – Plant Ecology, Truman State University, 2001
Vincent’s research explores the complex coupled human-environment systems that shape the world in which we live. He is currently looking specifically at food system design, community food insecurity, and the relationships between food policy and health. He is also working on research with an undergraduate researcher exploring the nature of food purchasing decisions as they relate to local buying systems. Overall, his research is driven by community and/or regional problem-solving. He actively partners with communities to understand socio-environmental problems and then apply that research in decision-making contexts. His work spans several traditional disciplinary boundaries including human ecology, environmental sociology, landscape ecology, agroecology, and human geography.
Adjunct Instructor – Sociology, Interim Co-Chair – Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
PhD and MA University at Albany – SUNY; BA Luther College
Carey received her PhD and MA from the University at Albany (SUNY) and has a BA from Luther College. Her research revolves around sociological embodiment, sexuality, gender, race, transgender studies, queer theory, and feminism.
Professor – Anthropology
PhD, University of Oregon, 2000; MA and BA University of Connecticut
Mark Tveskov is an archaeologist and ethnohistorian interested in historical memory, colonialism, and conflict archaeology. He is the Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), and, in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies and Tribal nations, conducts applied and public anthropological projects across Oregon. His current research focuses on the Rogue River War of the early 1850s in southern Oregon and included the discovery of the site of the Battle of Hungry Hill. Tveskov is co-host of the monthly Jefferson Public Radio program Underground History, and is a member of the Governor of Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation.