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Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz   

Coordinator, Anthropology Minor  

Memorial Hall, 130                                                                                       

Anjana Mebane-Cruz is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology 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      

Knapp Hall, 22

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

Thompson Hall, 106

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.

Dr. Aaron Howell    

Knapp Hall, 37

Aaron Howell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College.  His research investigates a variety of topics in urban sociology including spatial analyses of urban populations, suburbanization, and processes of residential mobility, especially as it relates to the perpetuation of neighborhood related inequalities.  Howell's research interests also include: sociology of sport, race and ethnicity, the family, and immigration.  He received a BS in Sociology from Kansas State University and a MA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati.  Howell's work has appeared in Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and in the edited volume Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today.


Dr. Angela Jones        

Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor    

Memorial Hall, 124

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.


 Adjunct Faculty 

Dr. Matthew Brown

Prof. Anthony Cantiello

Prof. Julian Cornell

Prof. Elizabeth Coston

Prof. Laura DeGrande

Prof. Nancy Dimonte

Prof. James Dooley

Prof. Carol Fealey

Dr. Concetta Gallo


Prof. Donna Lee Granville

Prof. James Jailer

Dr. Orval Jewett

Dr. Stanley Linker

  Prof. Allison McGovern

Prof. Thaddeus Nelson

Prof. Susan Paraspolo

Dr. Hea Young Park

Prof. Trudy Phillips

Prof. Nancy Sacks

Prof. Robert Sardiello

Prof. Rose Sayre

Prof. Dominic Sclafani

Prof. Deborah Swartz

Prof. Sandong Tak

Prof. Kristina Veselak