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Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz                                                                                            Coordinator, Undeclared Major Program

Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz is an assistant professor of Anthropology and the Chair of the Undeclared Major Program at Farmingdale State College, SUNY. Her scholarly concentrations are in the Caribbean and among Native American peoples, centering on issues of identity, history and memory. She is a senior scholar with Islands of Change, an international research project in the Caribbean and North Sea. Her most recent publications include: "The Caves of Barbuda's Eastern Coast: Long Term Occupation, Ethnohistory and Ritual" in the Caribbean Connections Journal of the Field Research Centre, Nelson's Dockyard Museum, English Harbor, Antigua, Volume III, Issue 1 March 2013.

Dr. Evan Cooper
Sociology and Anthropology Chairperson

Evan Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1988 with a B.B.A and received his PhD in sociology from SUNY-Albany in 2004. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of the Family, Multiculturalism, Youth Culture, Research Methods, as well as several other courses. His research focuses primarily on representations of minority groups in the mass media, particular in comic works. He has published in several journals: his most recent article, "I'm a Little Scared of Elaine: Representations of Gentile and Jewish Women on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm" appears in Studies in American Humor.


Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director, Social Science Research Institute

Miriam Deitsch has been a member of the Farmingdale State College Community since 1977. She is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor. Earning her Ph.D. from New York University, she has served the campus for the last thirty-four years in many capacities, currently as Director of the Social Science Research Institute (formerly known as Social Science Research Center), which Dr. Deitsch opened in 2004. Service to others and improvement of the human condition form the basis of Dr. Miriam Deitsch's personal philosophy. In 1997 she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York; in 2000 with the American Heart Association's Volunteer of the Year Award; in 2003 was named Woman of the Year in Education by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.Among her publications, she writes books for her Silver Story Book Series—a series of books for which Dr. Deitsch holds a registered trademark and is about and for the senior population.

Prof. Mary Kirby-Diaz

Professor Kirby-Diaz is a Full Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, SUNY. She has an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and two Master's degrees – Sociology and Liberal Studies. She has completed additional graduate studies in Sociology toward the Ph.D. at New York University. Professor Kirby-Diaz has been a member of the FSC faculty since 1974, when she was hired by the (now defunct) Social Science Department to teach Introductory Social Science, a course which surveyed all social science courses. She has been teaching Sociology courses exclusively since 1975, and is one of the founding members of the Sociology-Anthropology Department, created at FSC in 1978. She has written/co-authored over fifteen courses and has re-written four courses since 1978. Kirby-Diaz is the author of three books, including: Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on Online Fandom (2009), Case Studies in Contemporary Marriage (1998, 2000, 2006), and Student Research in Social Problems (1979). Her professional endeavors include having written chapters for seven books, eleven articles for scholarly journals, and delivering more than two dozen scholarly presentations at national and international scholarly conferences. She is a past chair of the Sociology-Anthropology Department and the Undeclared Major, and Co-Director of the College's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Her most recent work You've Got a Friend: The Fandom Project: A Long-Term Study of Internet Fans of Buffy and Angel (working title) will be published in the Spring 2014.


Prof. Nancy G. DiMonte

Nancy G. DiMonte has been at Farmingdale State College for 16 years. She is currently an Associate Visiting Professor of Sociology. She first started out as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the College Studies Department where she taught Freshman Seminar and Human Growth and Development. Nancy DiMonte coauthored a textbook for Farmingdale students entitled "Keys for Success at Farmingdale State College." Soon after, she joined the department of Sociology and Anthropology where she taught Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of the Family, Minorities in American Society, and Society and Sport. More recently Nancy helped launch a required course for Sport Management majors called Sport in Society: A Sociological Analysis. In addition, Professor DiMonte is a co-advisor to the Sociology and Anthropology Club. Her interests include substance abuse addiction and prevention and AIDS awareness. Her educational philosophy is to enhance students' potential through critical debate and analysis of sociological institutions as they view them through their role in society.

Dr. Angela Jones                                                                                                                Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

Angela Jones is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York. Jones obtained her PhD from the New School for Social Research. Her research interests include: African American history, gender, sexuality, and social movements. Jones is the author of three books African American Civil Rights: Early Activism and the Niagara Movement (Praeger, 2011) and The Modern African American Political Thought Reader: From David Walker to Barack Obama (Routledge, 2012), and A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias (Palgrave, 2013).She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, which have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as: Interalia: a Journal of Queer Studies, the Journal of African American Studies, the Journal of African American History, and The Journal of Historical Sociology.