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Sociology Faculty

Virginia McGovern
Department Chair

Virginia McGovern

B.A. Luther College; M.A. Ph.D. Bowling Green State University (Vita)

Areas of Interest: Organized Crime, White Collar Crime, Drugs and Crime, Sociology of Sport, Social Psychology

Dr. McGovern has been at Mount Saint Mary's University since August, 2005. She is the University's Faculty Athletic Representative and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has three publications in scientific journals and is currently working on a book about drug abuse. Dr. McGovern teaches Cyber Security, Criminology, Foundations of Sociology, White Collar Crime, Drugs and Crime, Organized Crime, and the Sociology of Sport. Dr. McGovern is also a volunteer and auxiliary police officer with the Gettysburg Police Department and has taught English as a Second Language to inmates at the Adams County Prison.

Kim Hansen

B.A. and B.S. University of North Dakota; M.A. Ph.D. University of California San Diego

Areas of Interest: Religion, Medicine, Military

Is religion a force for unity or division? What's the difference between Sunni and shi'a Muslims? What does "freedom of religion" mean in practice? Why do young men and women enlist in the military? Should the United States government pay private companies to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why are so many veterans homeless? Why do more than 45 million Americans lack health insurance? Where is the line between healing and "playing God"? How are doctors shaped by their experiences in medical school? These are just some of the questions raised in Dr. Hansen's classes about the Sociology of Religion, Military and Society, and Sociology of Medicine. Kim came to the Mount by way of California and North Dakota, but is originally from Norway (which is why he has a "girl's name".) His personal interests include soccer and history, and he's always up for intramural volleyball.

Martin Malone

B.A. New York University; M.A. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D. Indiana University (Vita)

Areas of Interest: Martin Malone has taught at Mount Saint Mary's since 1985. He has regularly taught Foundations of Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Deviant Behavior, and Social Theory.

He has also taught a variety of special courses on Native Americans, face to face interactions, and social psychology. He teaches two courses (Maya, Aztecs and Incas; and Autobiographies and Non-Western Cultures) in the Mount's Non-Western Studies program, which he also directed for four years. He also teaches a course called Capitalism and Globalization, as a contribution to the college's Modern Civilization program. He has served as Faculty Director of the Intercultural Center; Secretary, and Chair of the Faculty; and Chair of the Department of Sociology for nine years. In 2006, he was honored with the opportunity to present the Distinguished Faculty Lecture at the Honors Convocation. He is also the recipient of the Class of 1950 Medal. His research focuses on a variety of areas all related to the self, social identity, and social interaction. He has studied and published books and articles on cross-cultural research, conversation analysis, and the sociology of emotions. He is currently studying the sociology of body image and eating disorders. He has taken students to Costa Rica, London, and Peru on Mount sponsored study and service trips. He has two children and three grandchildren and lives in Gettysburg, PA with his wife Jane.

Timothy Wolfe

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B.A. Roanoke College; M.S. Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Vita)

Areas of Interest: Sociology of Jazz, Deviance, Research Methods

How and why did jazz develop in the U.S.? What does jazz reveal about race and social class? The study of jazz, one of America's greatest contributions to the world, provides important insights into our history and culture. When one understands the world of jazz and jazz musicians, they understand more about the interplay between social structure and race in the United States.

Joe Vince

B.A. Youngstown State University: M.A. University of Detroit (Vita)

Areas of Interest: Mr. Vince has 30 years of policing experience at both the Federal and state ranks having extensive expertise in the area of violent crime prevention, intervention, and enforcement. He continues to be an active member of the law enforcement community by consulting to various police agencies, prosecutors, and city managers. In addition, Mr. Vince is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and serves on the Associations' Fireman's Committee. He is the Mount's Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) faculty advisor, which assists students in finding employment in the Criminal Justice field upon graduation. Students know that they can always find a great cup of coffee at Mr. Vince's office, however, donuts are optional.

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