Department Chair:
Rick Baldoz, Associate Professor/Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Pat Armstrong

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758370
Fax: 440 7758644

King 305
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ADAMS , Gloria '02
After graduation I moved to Queens New York where I became a pre-school teacher.  Two years later I went to graduate school at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland and earned a MFA in Painting.  After graduate school I returned to New York City and worked for a non-profit called ArtsConnection as a Program Manager.  There I organized residencies for teaching artists in the New York City Public Schools. Since April 2007 I have worked as an art teacher at a small NYC public school called City College Academy of the Arts.  I teach various art-related classes in 6-12th grade. The school is an Early College School so the students begin taking classed at City College, CUNY in 9th grade and accumulate 60 credits by the time they graduate from high school. I also am an adjunct lecturer at City College were I teach Drawing I, Painting I, Painting II and Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar: Land Art and the Environmental Movement.  (2012)

AMBROZY, Lee '00
After living in Beijing for nearly a decade as a writer and translator, Lee Ambrozy became the first American to receive an MA in art history at Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Chinese art of the early PRC. She just started a PhD program at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her major translation was Ai Weiwei’s Blog (MIT Press, 2011) and she was the initiating editor for that publication, Lee has also written about contemporary art in and around China for Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific and many other publications since 2005. She was editor of Artforum’s Chinese language website from 2010-2012, and is currently editor-at-large, writing from New York City.  (2012)

ANDERSON, Krissy '00
I've spent some time getting a master’s degree in mental health counseling, and I should be able to qualify as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia in early 2013. I've been providing counseling and case management services to adults with serious mental illness for the past ten years. I'm currently the Clinical Supervisor of Community Supports at a non-profit in northern Virginia that provides rehabilitation and support services to adults with mental illness, emotional and behavioral disorders.

The organization I work for is always interested in working with students interested in supporting the mission of our organization. Experiences can be varied, depending on the experience of the individual and the needs of the agency. It's great experience working in the non-profit field and in supporting an social service organization.

Interested parties can contact me directly: I can put them in contact with our human resources department.  (2012)

I am the president of the Concord Scout House, Inc., a renovated 200 year old barn that provides space for scouting and other wholesome recreation activities. I also runs a consulting practice that provides project management and technical writing services to nonprofits. I have nearly twenty years of experience in the management of nonprofit organizations. I have worked at Tufts University in Medford between 1987-1999 and helped guide strategic planning and business development in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. My family live west of Boston. I enjoy singing with the Mystic Chorale, a community choir. The family is about to adopt its first dog, a mini golden doodle.

BARTOLF, Sasha '06
I always had a strong interest in both religious rights and education policy and was drawn to major in Sociology for that reason. After graduation, I moved to  D.C., where I worked as a researcher and journalist and then took a job as a lobbyist for the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy organization representing nontheistic Americans.  I am now a lobbyist for the American Association of School Administrators where I advocate on behalf of public school superintendents.  (2012)

BERMAN, Jonah '03
Since finishing Oberlin in 2003, I've done quite a bit of bouncing around. After graduation, I spent two years in Chicago working at a non-profit called Action for Children. There I worked with low-income families who were in need of subsidized child care. After that, I got the travel bug and spent 5 months in Santiago, Chile, volunteering in an orphanage for an organization called Voluntarios de la Esperanza. It was quite an eye-opening experience, and I've since joined the Board of Directors of Voluntarios de la Esperanza, which has expanded and is now known as VE Global.

After Chile, I came back to Boston and spent about a year working as an Associate Director of Development for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. From there, I moved to San Francisco to work in Development for SFJAZZ, a non-profit presenter of jazz artistic and education programs. After a short 6-month stint in San Francisco, I realized that I'm an east-coast boy at heart, and came back to Boston at the beginning of October, 2007. Currently, I am the Assistant Director of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College ( I am also pursuing my MBA here at BC in the evening program, and expect to finish in spring of 2011.

BONITTO, Chantal '04
After College, I followed up with a lead as a paid internship for Shore Fire Media, a PR Boutique Firm.  I met the President of Shore Fire while in the Philadelphia Center program as an intern at the Wells Fargo Center during a Bruce Springsteen Concert.  Shore Fire Media represented Bruce at that time.  From that internship, I was referred to a full time position at Universal Music in their PR Department. That was my first job and the beginning of my career.  I soon realized that I preferred to work in the non profit sector and moved away from entertainment and found my way to my current bio:

I am currently the Director of Events and Individual Gifts at the Ms. Foundation for Women.

As the Director of Events and Individual Giving, Chantal brings event planning and relationship management experience to build and develop support for the Ms. Foundation's programs. The diversity of her background including work in the nonprofit and for profit sectors provides an innovative approach to fundraising events and philanthropy.

Most recently, Chantal served as the Conference and Membership Manager at Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning where she planned events for policymakers and practitioners in education. Also her work as the Associate Director of Membership & Strategic Alliances at the Women's Leadership Exchange (WLE) as well as her work with the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center provided her with the passion around working for and with women and families.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Fundraising Strategy Certificate Program at The George Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, New York University, Chantal is very active in both Alumni networks. She is also involved in community work through her sorority activities and as a mentor with the Fresh Air Fund's College Connections Program.
There are opportunities to work with us as an intern.  This is a very progressive organization and I can see any Obie gaining a lot of knowledge around fundraising, non profit work and the women's movement.

They can email me with their resume and cover letter: The subject should be "Potential Oberlin Intern"  (2012)

BRODY, Ben '82
After 10 years working in public health in San Fransisco, Ca, with certificates in Substance Abuse and HIV counseling and prevention, I went back to school and received my MD from Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999. I completed my Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico in 2002 and am currently a primary care physician with Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, OR. My partner, Michael Martin, and I have been together for 6 years, have two dogs (both rescued), and got married two years ago by Multnomah County although the State of Oregon is currently not recognising our marital status.

BROWN, Jean Y. '54
I am a semi-retired reference librarian in the local public library. You say where's the sociology? Well, working with a variety of people sure fits. However, the first love is criminology, juvenile justice in particular. To that end, I have volunteered, off and on, for going on some 40 years. This has been in Tennessee - on local, regional and state levels; in Rhode Island on local, regional and state levels. For the library end, I have helped in organizing and setting up the classification systems for small libraries in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in Peshawar, Pakistan for NGOs. The library side tended to pay me. Now, in Rhode Island I am quite active in the local substance abuse prevention task form, which is funded by the state and we then use this money to support local initiatives to prevent teen use of ATOD. We used to fund programs for seniors so encourage them not to abuse prescription drugs and alcohol but the state, in its wisdom, decried that youth should ge the money, not senior. Very narrow thinking, in this day and age.

BUTLER, Ron '98
I'm in NYC working for the 311 project, a call center for municipal agency coordination and providing services and information to citizens. MBA '03 from University of Rochester in strategy, computer info systems, and e-commerce. more information and an obsolete resume is available at, RayThis is my 5th year as a history teacher at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, CA.

CAMMARATA, David '04
After graduation, I particpated in Teach for America and taught 7th and 8th grade special education for students with mild to moderate disabilities at Samuel Gompers Middle School in Los Angeles, Ca. Additionally, during this time I received a Master's degree as a Mild to Moderate Education Specialist from Loyola Marymount University. Currently, I am teaching a self-contained 1st through 3rd grade special education class at Think College Now Elementary School in Oakland, Ca.

CANTER, Alexis '03
I just started graduate school at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Design. I am getting a masters in Landscape Architecture.

CAPLAN, Jamie '08
 I work in advertising for Broadway shows, currently an Account Executive on the Disney account.  (2012)

CARROLL, Leah '83
Post-Oberlin, lived in Colombia for a year and a half, working as an ESL teacher and then a lecturer in Sociology at two universities in Bogota. The latter experience made me want to get a PhD in sociology. I married Gustavo Rojas, whom I had met during junior year abroad at the Bogota CEUCA program. We came back to the US in December '84, lived in DC and then in San Francisco, as we were trying to establish residency to go to grad school (me) and get an undergrad degree (Gustavo). I started Berkeley's PhD program in sociology 1986, while my husband started his BA at a community college, then transferred to Berkeley. Later he completed an MFA (painting) from SF State. I did my dissertation on the effect of the direct election of mayors on violence in four rural war zones in Colombia. Our first daughter was born in Berkeley in 1994. I took a job as a professor of sociology at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York in 1996, and stayed there for four years, giving birth to our second daughter in 1998. Disenchanted with life as an academic, I returned to Berkeley in 2000 (and, finally, filed my dissertation -- here's the link if you want to check it out: . I've been working since then in the Office of Undergraduate Research at UC Berkeley, helping undergrads find mentors and obtain research funding. I like the work a lot -- the students are lively, motivated, very intense people (not unlike most Oberlin students), and the 40-hour work week makes for a better life/work balance than in academia. (Here's my web site if you're curious: ) . Meanwhile, I've submitted my dissertation to University of Notre Dame Press and have received two positive (accept with revisions) reviews. I am now awaiting a contract to publish the diss as a book. We bought a house in 2001 in nearby El Cerrito, and our kids, now 7 and 11, are thriving in the public schools.

After graduating from Oberlin I began working for the College in the Community and Goverment Relations Office. After two years as a fellow, I started working for Lorain City Schools as a public relations consultant. After a year there, I began my current job with Hyland Software as a public relations specialist.Hyland has numberous paid interships available to current and recent graduates.  Please visit our website and apply if you are interested.  Email me and please follow up with me if I do not respond immediately.  (2012)

CHARNO, Jenny '78
I have a MTh degree in Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute and a New York State Massage license for 25 years. I have an advanced degree from the New York College of Wholistic Health and Education in Amma Therapy and an Advanced certificate from the Upledger Institute in Cranio-Sacral Therapy. I work part time doing healing work, and part time as the web-store manager of The Relaxation Company. I also lead graduate seminars for Landmark Education, open to people who have completed the Landmark Forum. I am married, live on Long Island and have a 12 year old daughter. I am the head of the Nutrition Committee and work upgrading the cafeteria food at the Locust Valley Middle School.

Ph.D., Social Psychology/Sociology, The Ohio State University, March 1997. M.A., Sociology, June 1993.

COHEN, Mary Louise '71

I moved to the DC area and went to George Washington University for a Master of Arts in Teaching. I taught elementary school for thirteen years, all grades and various types of schools, mostly in Montgomery County, MD. I spent eighteen years as a "staff developer", sometimes based in a school and other times at the central administrative offices. In 1984, I married Richard Alexander, a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey. We have two sons. I retired officially in 2004, primarily so that I could get to know my teenagers better before they left home. Now I work part-time training school administrators. I became part of a 4-person Scandinavian folk music group, Skandal. We have been playing together for almost 25 years. My family sometimes has an Oberlin student stay with us in January. Joel Katz '71 and his wife live down the street, so we gather the winter term students in the area for a dinner while they are in the DC area. It is invariably a delightful evening, reminding us of what a special place Oberlin is!

I am the Director of the Economic Justice and Empowerment Program for the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), based in Akron. AFSC is a Quaker social action organization. It seeks nonviolent solutions to human problems through participatory education on social issues and organizing people to change their conditions. I have been a staffperson with AFSC since 1983. I work with churches and with the community, neighborhood peace, citizen action, youth, environmental and labor groups. I have spoken statewide to more than 200 groups on a range of foreign policy and domestic justice issues; including the arms race, the federal budget, economic and social justice, U.S. military & foreign policy, campaign finance reform, U.S. trade policies, increasing corporate power, nonviolent social change, and U.S. social movements. I am currently involved in 4 projects: - Local and state campaign finance reform. In 1998, he was co-coordinator of a citywide ballot initiative to pass campaign finance reform in Akron. The initative passed by an overwhelming 68% of the vote. The law was struck down by a federal judge but upheld by the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals and affirmed in January, 2003 by the US Supreme Court. The law creates among the lowest contribution limits in the nation. In 2000 and 2001, he also helped coordinate campaigns, which gathered sufficient signatures to place full public financing (i.e. Clean Money) of municipal elections on the Akron ballot. - Researching the history in Ohio of the relationship between citizens and corporations. The educational project is part of the Ohio Committee on Corporations, Law and Democracy, a state group of environmental, labor, religious, justice and peace activists and individuals concerned with the growing governing power of corporations and dangers this poses to democracy and sovereignty. Coleridge is the major author of the booklet Citizens over Corporations: A Brief History of Democracy in Ohio and Challenges to Freedom in the Future. The booklet is in its third printing. He also was the main writer for the 2003 documentary based on the booklet, CorpOrNation: The Story of Citizens and Corporations in Ohio. - Working with a community group in Uniontown, Ohio to expose the presence and clean up of radiation in a toxic waste Superfund site. He is currently a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the US Department of Army, US Department of Energy and US Environmental Protection Agency concerning withheld documents on radiation at the dump sought by AFSC under the federal Freedom of Information Act [FOIA].- Educating and organizing in Akron and Cleveland against the war and subsequent occupation in Iraq. He currently serves as coordinator of the Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition (NOAC), which has organized more than a dozen major, demonstrations and teach-ins in Cleveland. In 1998, I was awarded the "Public Service Achievement Award" by the national group Common Cause. In 1999, I was elected to that organization's National Governing Board, serving through June 2002. I also serve on the national collective of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD) an organization, which instigates democratic conversations and actions which contest the authority of corporations to govern.

COLLINS, Shirley '47
Let's just say a few things about where I am now in my life. Yes, there were many activities in the decades before that played into my present interests. But I'm sure that is more than you want to know. First of all, I must stress how important Oberlin has continued to be in my life. I was fortunate enough to have Loren Eiseley as my major advisor. I have wished over the decades that I could go back and hear every lecture of his with more mature ears. His thoughts expressed in "The Immense Journey" have shaped my outlook on life. Also, we three Oberlin room-mates (Barb James Stonestrom'48, Peg Shively Lewis'47 and myself) are life long friends. In recent years we have planned a B&B retreat together with our husbands in the fall. This is a significant highlight of our year. Presently my most time consuming commitment is to the Duke University Health System Institutional Review Board. The federal regulations require a "community" member in order to approve medical research studies involving human subjects. This requires reading all the protocols submitted to the IRB and reviewing whatever ones are assigned to me for recommendation for approval, modification, or delay by the whole board. All the others in the room are scientists from Duke, a challenging group indeed. Beyond that my husband and I are very involved in both our retirement community and our Unitarian Universalist congregation, each of us with various responsibilities. Also one of my other regular activities is cuddling babies in UNC Hospitals neo-natal critical care unit. This experience continually causes deep reflection about our medical priorities and values in life. Ivor and I are coming up to our 58th anniversary, 3 thriving children, three thriving grandchildren. 'nuf said.

I live in Baltimore, my hometown. In 2003, I received an MS Degree in Organization Development/Human Resources from Johns Hopkins' School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. I work for Maryland State Government as an Employee Training Specialist in a state mental hospital.


I am married to Thad Gittens, an Oberlin graduate with a degree in Mathematics. I have three wonderful children, two girls and a boy. After graduation, I obtained a Masters Degree in Education and a Texas Teacher's Certification. Currently, I am the owner of four local Montessori Schools in the Houston and surrounding areas. My husband is the Principal of a local Middle School.

DOBBIN, Frank '80

DOLANE, Peggy '81
I started out thinking I wanted to work in alcohol/drug treatment, so I got a one-year degree from Seattle University in Alcohol/Drug Studies. Then realized I was more suited to administration than counseling so I went and got my M.S.W. from the University of Washington specializing in administration/community organizing. I worked for several years in non-profits doing volunteer management and public relations. Then I got hired by Washington Mutual to run their School Savings program in elementary schools. I did so well at it that I ended up becoming their ethnic advertising manager running Spanish and Chinese-language advertisements nationwide. I left the advertising business in 1999 when my partner and I adopted our first child. We joined our names when we adopted (Dole+Lane=Dolane) and I've been a stay-at-home mom for the last 6 1/2 years with two children currently ages 6 & 4. It's hard to imagine ever going back to the full-time work world because of what our children need and starting late in parenting. By the time they leave home, I'll be 60! But I do hope to soon start doing some free-lance copy writing, editing and proofing. Now if I can just get some time between parent/teacher conferences, working out and doing the laundry to drum up some business! I've attached a photo of me and my daughter Libby.

DUPEE, Joyce '58

Hillsboro Street School for Exceptional Children, Fayetteville, NC - Educable Class; 1958-1959
The Springfield Day Nursery, Springfield, MA - Four Year Olds; 1959-1961
Springfield College, M.Ed., Elementary and Early Childhood Education, 1961
The Berkeley Institute (now the Berkeley Carroll School), Brooklyn, NY - K; 1971-1974
Bank Street college of Education, Ed.M., Supervision and Administration, 1986
The Bay Ridge Day Nursery, Brooklyn, NY - Director; Public Day Care, 3 year olds-K; 1974-1976
The Brick Church School, New York, NY - Director; Toddlers-K; 1976-1983
The Marymount School, New York, NY - Head of Lower School; Girls, N-VI; 1983-1987
The Buckley School, New York, NY - Director of Admissions; Boys, K-IX; 1987-1992
The Brearley School, New York, NY - Director of Admissions; Girls, K-XII; 1992-1998
My husband and I retired 12 years ago and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North, South and Central America and Antarctica. We have two adult children and six grandchildren.

EASTON, Barbara '69
I have been serving as a mission co-worker of the Presbyterian Church (USA) teaching in the Department of English at Kwassui Women's College in Nagasaki, Japan, since 1983. Prior to that, I earned a M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Ball State University) and a Ph.D. in Linguistics (University of Hawaii at Manoa) and also taught English at Kwassui and part-time at Ball State University.

ELFSTROM, K. Miriam '06
Since graduating from Oberlin, I worked in NY for several years for Teach For America. After that, I decided to go back to school and completed my Master of Public Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. My focus was on reproductive health and population studies and my thesis addressed community level factors associated with contraceptive use in low-resource settings.  Following my masters, I moved to Stockholm, Sweden to pursue a PhD in epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet. My research focuses on optimizing cervical cancer prevention through screening and vaccination.  I am currently working on the PREHDICT project, an EU-funded study that seeks to determine the prerequisites and strategies for HPV vaccination in European countries and to predict the impact of vaccination on cervical cancer screening programs. (2012)

ELLIOTT, Ginny '80
Since I graduated from Oberlin, I've worked for non profits, for the Foreign Language Department at Lewis and Clark College, World Bank in Washington, D.C., have spent 14 months living abroad in Dijon, France. Currently, I am running my own typing business, Affordable Typing Service. I do manuscripts and transcribe tapes. I have also finally gotten involved in births, as a birth and postpartum doula, which means labor support for moms and/or families; and after the birth, to help the mom and families out with their baby(ies), etc. I am also currently studying midwifery here locally in Portland, Oregon. I married Steve Mcrea, a Chemistry Major from the class of 1980, Oberlin College, as well. We have three lovely sons together, Patrick, almost 22, Sean, almost 17, and Kevin, who just turned 10 today. If anyone wants to contact me, I can be reached at: Home: (503) 236-7564 or Work: (503) 235-5054.

ENGLE, Jane '72
I'm an assistant travel editor at the Los Angeles Times, where I write news and the weekly "Travel Insider" consumer column in the Sunday Travel Section. The column also appears as a podcast. I've worked in various capacities at the Los Angeles Times since 1983. Before that, I worked at the Chicago Tribune. I live in Los Angeles with my partner of six years. How does my sociology education help me today? Actually, as a consumer report, I do make use of it. A basic knowledge of statistics helps me evaluate the validity of opinion surveys. Sociology taught me to think scientifically about what does on in society, business and government. I've found that a little skepticism goes a long way. I especially miss all my roommates at the former Hebrew House. Not to mention the goodies at Gibson's. I can be contacted at All travel news tips welcome!

FALK, Lisa '82
MAT in Museum Education, George Washington University. Have worked in various museums across the country including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Director of education at the Arizona State Museum, an anthropology museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A teaching affiliate in the Language, Reading and Culture Department in the College of Education at UA. Have written two cultural resource guides. One focused on New Mexico and the other on Bermuda that help students investigate and document the cultural heritage of their communities and become engaged members of those communities giving back in some format. Have traveled extensively and given workshops on museum education and cultural investigation projects, including being a guest lecturer for USIS in Costa Rica and El Salvador. I am also a photographer and my work has been included in about 40 shows and published. Since leaving Oberlin, I've moved a great deal; DC, KY, CA, FL, NM. I now reside in Arizona with a wonderful 5 year old son and we have 3 rambunctious cats.

FREIMAN, Jonathan M. '87
I work jointly as a Senior Schell Fellow at Yale Law School and as Counsel to the National Appellate Practice Group at Wiggin and Dana, LLP.

One of my majors was Sociology/Anthropology (the departments were combined at the time). I very much enjoyed the open-minded atmosphere and learning experience at college. I also found the professors to be very human and supportive. Since graduating from Oberlin, I have lived in Madison, Boston & Portland; I have worked in different capacities, including working in a neuroanatomy laboratory and practicing law. I have been married for 9 years and we have an amazing 4-year old son. I have been an attorney in Portland, Oregon for the past 16 years. Currently, I work for Disability Rights, which is a non-profit organization that provides protection and advocacy for people with disabilities. It's been a long time since I was a student at Oberlin, so there's quite a lot of nostalgia. If you are included, drop me a line.

GALLOPIN, Colleen '00
After receiving my law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (Class of '03), I practiced law in Maryland, representing survivors of domestic violence in civil protection order hearings. For the last 5 years, I have been working in Washington, DC for Break the Cycle, a national non-profit organization that empowers youth to end dating violence. I am currently the Director of Training, overseeing all of our adult training and capacity building programs.

We have internship opportunities for students interested in public policy, domestic violence non-profit work, adult training, or legal and policy research.

Interested students can email me at and I'll connect with the appropriate staff person.  (2012)

GANGSEI, Kira '03
I worked in non profit social service agencies for a few years. Then I went to SF State and got a Master's Degree in School Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy. I am currently working as a high school counselor at Half Moon Bay High School in California.  (2012)

GEBHARDT, Annie '03
After graduating from Oberlin, I worked for several years as a victim/survivor advocate and community educator in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. In 2008, I returned to school to pursue a Master's in Public Health with a focus on Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan. While completing my degree, I served as a Graduate Student Instructor in the Women's Studies Department and a Research Assistant through the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. I now work at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, where I develop online and in-person trainings related to the primary prevention of sexual violence. I and my partner, Erik Talvitie (OC class of '04), recently welcomed their first baby, Maxwell Talhardt, into the world. The family lives near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (2012)

GLEASON, Phil '70
I am a practicing lawyer in Portland, ME for the past thirty years. I am a partner at Bernstein Shur, a large firm by Maine's standards. Specializing in business law, including mergers and acquisitions, financing, commercial real estate and energy law. Be happy to discuss the relationship (if any) between an Oberlin B.A. in sociology and the private practice of law.

GOLD, Tomas '70

GOLDSMID, Paula (Lipnick) '64
Ph.D., 1972
MA, U. of Chicago, 1968
I taught primary in Graduate School of Social Work, and a couple of undergraduate sociology courses at U North Carolina-Chapel Hill 1968-74. I taught a very early 'Sociology of Sex Roles', 1970. My syllabus was in the first collection of Sex & Gender courses put out the ASA.
Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences at Oberlin 1974-81. I was involved in the early days of Women's Studies at Oberlin, also had some responsibility for Community on Status of Women.
Dean of the Faculty at Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 1981-1989.
Director of Women's Resource Center at U. of California-Irvine, 1990-2000.
I am currently Coordinator of Graduate Fellowships and Medical Sciences at Pomona College. I work with students and their faculty in the prestigious national fellowships; my office is also the central place for pre-med advising

I continue to live in lovely Madison, Wisconsin with my husband. I am finishing up a thesis for my Master's degree in Consumer Behavior and Family Economics at the UW. Instead of having a business or marketing perspective, the program looks more broadly at consumerism in society. (Thankfully, the program is not about learning how to better sell products to children!) My interest revolves around individuals as consumers of health care rather than merely as patients in a health care system.

HALL WARREN, Emily '02
Working in various Human Resources related positions - with focuses on employee training & insurance benefits. Now serving in a generalist role for a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm. I have also completed my Master's in organizational development from Antioch New England Graduate School, gotten married, have a son, and twin boys on the way!  (2012)

HARTFIELD, Edward F. '72
I have been privileged to have a 30+ years as a full time conflict  resolution professional, including service to the New Jersey Office of Citizen Complaints in an ombudsman capacity, the New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement as a State Mediator, Commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service in Washington, D.C. and Detroit. I have also served in all of the Board and Officer positions of SPIDR, the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, including International President in 1990-91, and two terms as a presidential appointee to the Federal Services Impasse Panel. I have been the Executive Director of the National Center for Dispute Settlement since 1988.

HERRING, Jacob H. '65

I received my degree in August '69 after taking my necessary 6 hrs. of French. I had to finish my degree in order to enter the University of Illinois in the fall of '69 to study for my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I left Illinois in 1974 to take my first post graduate school job as a staff psychologist at the University of CA-Berkeley's Counseling Center.

HOLZNER, Dan '84
I am married to Maria Sander, '84. We live in Richmond, outside of Berkeley, where we just bought a house together two years ago. We got married in a circle of oak trees on the top of Mt. Diablo just east of San Franciso. (There were about two dozen former Obies at the wedding.) I work for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in downtown San Francisco, a legal agencywithin the California staste judiciary that provides representation to postconviction death row inmates. There are a number of other obies who work here as well.

JONES, Tristan '07
After graduating Oberlin, I worked as a community organizer in NYC addressing issues of food justice, through a feminist activist center and bookstore located in Manhattan. After this work was done, I attended Columbia University for a one-year M.A. program in climate science and policy; with those credentials I helped to co-found a non-profit climate advocacy organization, the Human Impacts Institute which gave me the opportunity to become involved with the major group for youth and children at the UN sustainable development program. I am currently in my second year of a PhD program in cultural anthropology at Rutgers University, working under Dr. David M. Hughes. My research concerns tar sands development in Alberta, Canada, which I am using to explore issues of settler colonialism, race, alterity, and landscape in North America.  (2012)

JURADO, Marcus A. '92
I began my post Oberlin life by getting a Masters Degree in Education and Supervision from Baldwin Wallace College. I then moved to Maryland and started teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools at Springbrook High School. I have been teaching here since 1995, and currently teach AP Psychology. I am also working on a second Master degree from Johns Hopkins University in counseling. I am working towards becoming a guidance counselor. I have been married for 3 years, have no children, but have adopted 2 former racing greyhounds.

KANE, Emily (Wright) '83
Professor, Sociology Department, Bates College, Lewistown, ME.
Ph.D.University of Michigan, Department of Sociology, 1989
Preliminary Examination Field: Social Psychology; Minor Field: Social Organization; Dissertation: "Ideological Consensus in Gender Relations." M.A.University of Michigan, Department of Sociology, 1986. B.A.Oberlin College (Sociology-Anthropology major), 1983, (with Highest Honors); Honors Thesis: "Tolerance for Non-Conformity." My research and teaching interests encompass inequalities of race, class, gender and sexuality; gender and family; sociology of childhood; research methods; public opinion; and social psychology. Some of my recent publications focus on parental responses to children's gender nonconformity (forthcoming 2006), public opinion toward feminism (2004), the role of education in encouraging criticism of racial and gender inequality (2001), and racial variations in gender related attitudes in the US (2000). My current research projects include a qualitative exploration of how parents of young children think about gender, and a quantitative analysis of the predictors of support for gender-related affirmative action

KATZMAN, Lauren '02
In 2005, I moved from San Francisco to New York and started law school at Rutgers Law School-Newark. Since graduating in 2008, I have been working as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Brooklyn. I represent young people under 16 in juvenile delinquency cases.  (2012)

KAYE, Loni '10
Thanks for your email! Currently I'm a paralegal case handler in the Disability Advocacy Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group. I assist low-income New Yorkers with their social security disability appeals. I prepare cases and represent clients at social security hearings.

NYLAG accepts volunteers at any time. Resumes can be emailed to (2012)

KERR, J. Austin '96
I live in Davis, California with my wonderful wife and grumpy dog. I am an Air Quality and Noise Analysis for EDAW, Inc., an international urban design, landscape architecture, and environmental consulting firm. All students with interests in these areas shall consider applying to EDAW's summer intern program because it is awesome. I help local government agencies design developments that comply with applicable air quality and noise standards. I am not characterizing aircraft noise levels on some agricultural lands adjacent to the Sacramento Airport that the city is considering rezoning for residential use. I also help developers design projects that are less dependent on automobile use to limit air pollutant emissions. Many of my studies are included in Environmental Impact Reports required by the CA Environmental Quality Act. On bad days, I'm merely documenting environmental destruction before it occurs. On good days, I'm helping developers design creative innovations that will improve the way we live. In my free time, I mountain bike, play soccer, and hike in the Sierra.

MA, Public Policy, Duke Graduate Assistantship. Governor's Summer Internship. 1980-1982. BA Sociology/Anthropology and French Literature. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa. I am just now starting to consult with National Coalition on Aging (NCOA) after having recently moved to Nashville with my family.

KLEIN, Elana B. '05
I was the program Manager for "the Mattapan Family Service Center," an affiliate of Action for Boston Community Development from 2005-2007. I am currently enrolled in the Boston University School of Social Work and am working towards my MSW degree.

KLEIN, Joe '69

I was ordained rabbi from the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a Master of Hebrew Letters in 1975. I served as Assistant Rabbi at the Temple Israel in St. Louise, MO for three years. Before coming to my present position as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El (Oak Park, MI), I was Rabbi of Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, TN and United Hebrew Congregation in Terre Haute, IN. While in Indiana and Tennessee, I was Adjunct Faculty in Humanities at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana State University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, teaching courses on Genesis, Hebrew Scripture, First Century History, and New Testament. For ten years I served as the coach of the Rose-Hulman Fencing Club. My wife, Barbara, and I have two children: Ellie directs high school programs at Wilshire Blvd. Temple in Los Angeles, Adam is an attorney with the Public Defenders Office in Atlanta.

KLEIN, Joseph '04

I started out after college as an HIV testing counselor. I went for an MSW (Masters in Social Work) and through my internships got involved in child welfare.  I worked as a child protective investigator for the city of New York for a while and I am now a school social worker for the NYC Dept. of Education- I split my time between an elementary school and a middle/high school, so I get to work with kids from four years old, all the way up to eighteen.  (2012)


I'm a biostatistician and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Through the Sociology department, I worked one summer at Oberlin collecting data and programming SPSS. That led me eventually into a doctorate in Biostatistics, and I do both methodological statistical work and collaborate with several groups on epidemiologic and public heath research.

KLIGERMAN, Roger '12
I am currently working towards my MA in Urban Education Policy at Brown University (expected May 2013).  (2012)

KNAPP, Kristan '70
I graduated the year of the Kent State student killings by the National Guard. I had spent my junior year in Bogota, Colombia, on the Great Lakes Colleges Association program. I studied social change, agrarian reform, and the changing role of women in Colombian society. This was before personal computers. I put my data on punch cards that ran through a main frame in a special building somewhere on campus. Pretty hard to imagine such a world now. Currently I am Development Director for Bradley-Angle House, the West coast's oldest domestic violence shelter serving women and children escaping domestic abuse or sexual assault. I also have had a part time position for 25 years producing free summer concerts in Portland's city parks, and my partner and I have been professional musicians, touring nationally from 1984-1996. We perform as Musica Femina Flute Guitar Duo, specializing in classical and contemporary works of women composers, and as Trio Pan Dulce, playing tangos, flamenco, Latin American and French cafe music. Since graduating I moved back to Portland, Oregon, my hometown and promptly got involved in the burgeoning women's movement which I had sort of avoided on campus. But by this time I had also been to Cuba with the Venceremos Bridgade, which really introduced me to social change and gave me a chance to figure out that I am a lesbian. So by the time I got home from Cuba in the fall I had a much different consciousness of myself and of society. I spent several years doing odd jobs like cooking, phone sales, housecleaning, as I explored collective living and collecting community organizing. I joined a collective of women from Grinnell College who moved to Portland to start some project. We called ourselves the Red Emma Collective. Together we were involved in founding a halfway house for women coming out of prison (1973) which evolved into Bradley-Angle House, one of the first shelters in the country. I was not centrally involved in BA House at its founding because I was off doing music by then with the Izquierda Ensemble (1976-80), but I took the Development Position in November 2002 and really appreciate working somewhere that holds feminist values and consciously strives to be accessible to all women and to maintain a social change focus. This year Bradley-Angle House is celebrating 30 years as a grassroots social service and social change organization. The Red Emma Collective also founded the Portland Feminist Women's Health Clinic, which began as a pregnancy testing, pelvic self-examination storefront. The clinic closed its doors only two years ago. It was very sad to lose it and lose part of our herstory. In the early 1990s I took a position at the Lesbian Community Project, serving as interim director just prior to the first round of anti-gay ballot measures that changed Oregon forever in 1992. In the 1990s, after seeing what the ballot measures were doing to our community I was involved with our local Pride organization, with the goal of keeping women and political activism present on the committee and in the programming we did. Eventually my partner and I were pushed out of that group by those who preferred "a beer garden party" to anything else. Then in 1999 I was tapped to be interim director of LCP again, at a moment when the organization was about to fold and there were deep divisions in the community around issues of gender identity. I worked very hard to define the role for the Lesbian Community Project in an emerging world of queers who did not have feminist or lesbian identities. Today LCP is alive and well functioning as an all-volunteer organization, rather than struggling to pay a director. Our regional softball tournament is legendary and very competitive to enter. While at LCP I organized a Conversations Project to address the divisions between community members over gender identity and sexual orientation. It involved ongoing conversation groups with professional facilitators working to find common ground in our experience so we could then talk about our differences. The project was set up to report back to the community at large and we did so in the form of a play taken from the experiences we had shared with each other in the groups. It was performed at least three times as I recall and over 300 people saw it. Many of them were very moved and found it useful to hear stories of people they did not understand or think they liked very much. All of these projects I have helped develop or further in one way or another have given me the opportunity to work on issues of deep importance to me and, as I see it, to the world at large. I believe that individuals can and do make huge differences and I hope my work contributes to others learning, growing, and to the world evolving toward compassion, justice, and our true humanity. Of course there is more to say. I'm always open to connecting with others interested in activism and social change.

KNEE, Mark '05
After graduating from Oberlin in 2005, I worked as a paralegal specialist with the U.S. Justice Department's Antitrust Division.  I then attended William & Mary Law School, graduated in  2011, and became a Presidential Management Fellow.  I am currently working at the EPA in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.  (2012)

KRIHELY, Francesca '10
 I've been working as the community manager at 10gen, a software company that develops an open source database product, MongoDB. I was working out of the New York City office and was relocated to London, UK for 6 months as part of the company's growth. I will be moving back to New York City in November.

10gen is looking for undergraduate students to join the Marketing team this summer. Interns will be exposed to a variety of marketing processes and tools and have the opportunity to learn about the growing open source software industry.

Here are some of the activities that interns may be expected to assist with:
Training logistics and strategy
MongoDB conference logistics and promotion
Lead database management, organization, and cleanliness  using Salesforce and Marketo
Marketing automation
Lead nurturing
Public relations
Social Media marketing
Website development

About You:
Smart, driven, and hard working
Interested in technology, startup culture, and new tools
Organized and used to managing multiple tasks
Willing to learn lots of new things in a constantly changing environment

email me at  (2012)

KRUMME, Kate '03
I'm a 2004 grad (class of 2003) and just graduated in September with my MS in Communicative Disorders, which makes me a licensed speech-language pathologist. I wouldn't say it's a field which is directly related to sociology, though there is an important cultural/linguistic aspect to the field for which a background in sociology is helpful. (2012)

LAHETTA, Becky '02
   I am not in a sociological field. After graduation I worked for an outdoor company doing backpacking trips. We also did mountain biking (a program I managed for 2 years), climbing, kayaking,canoeing, team building (a fair sociological activity) etc. After 3 and half years, I started a bicycle shop in Roanoke, VA. I am currently the owner-operator of UnderDog Bikes. We do service, rentals and sales. We've been open since March 10, 2012. Its not sociological, but if any Obies want to work in a bike shop......

Becky Lahetta:

I am in oberlin and I became a teacher at oberlin high school. I am also the girl's varsity soccer coach.

LAIRD, Margaret
I received my MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in '92. I'm in my 14th year as a Clinical Social Worker at the Smith College Student Counseling Service. I am married and have three children, ages ten, seven, and four.

After graduation I moved to Sydney, Australia where I completed my M.A. in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney. I returned to New York City and worked for CBS News in their documentary unit, for Conde Nast Publications as a magazine temp, and have now been at Best Life magazine for three years, where I am an Associate Editor. Best Life is a luxury men's lifestyle magazine that launched from Men's Health. I have also written for Glamour magazine.

MANGSEN, Sandra '66
After graduation from Oberlin with a major in sociology, I was in the doctoral program at Stanford for one year, then withdrew and moved to Canada. Eventually I completed graduate degrees in music (harpsichord performance, M.M., McGill, 1981; musicology, M.M.A., McGill, 1976; and Ph.D., Cornell, 1989) while raising a couple of offspring. Since 1989 I have taught musicology and performance at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, where I also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Music for several years. Although I abandoned the discipline of sociology, my research in musicology has often drawn on my background and continuing interest in that field.

MCALLISTER, Jean Brown '42

I married Ken McAllister '41 two months after graduating in 1942. We had three children. After they were well along I fulfilled my long term desire and earned my MSW at Wayne State University. I worked as a hospital social worker, mostly in mental health, and retired in 1987. I am now a happy retiree, volunteering at several organizations, taking an exercise class, and visiting my kids and grandkids in Nevada and Montana.

MCEWEN, Craig '67
Dean for Academic Affairs
2nd Title Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology
A. B. (Oberlin College)
M. A. and Ph.D. (Harvard University) I specializes in the sociology of law and criminology. My research focuses on mediation and dispute resolution, courts and their operation, the legal profession, and the nature and consequences of imprisonment for adults and juveniles Many publications at
All the best to my colleagues at Oberlin!

MILLER, Claire '00
After Oberlin, I went to the Peace Corps in Guatemala from Sept. '00 to Dec. '02. I returned to work as an Environmental Educator in an urban community garden in the Atlanta area. I partnered with local agencies including the Boys and Girls Club, Refugee Family Services, and the local city recreation department. I now work as Program Supervisor with the City of Decatur managing afterschool and summer camp programs. We serve around 300 children per day from K-8th grades. During the summer we serve primarily K-8th grades but also have youth programs for our teens through the camp structure.

Interestingly, many of the managers/supervisors in this field seem to be from Sociology backgrounds. Who would've guessed?

MILLIKAN, Jane '82
I am Lead Chaplain at Hospice of the Red River Valley. I do direct patient care with people facing the end of life and their families, and coordinate the chaplains at our 6 offices which serve twenty-eight counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. I'm married and have a 9 year old son. My spare time passion is origami.

MIRBACH, Bill '71
I tried Social Psychology grad school at UCLA, just wasn't me. After a couple of years running my own business, I went to Harvard Business School '76. I spent 6 years at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati as brand manager. A couple more years doing direct marketing consulting, then started a direct marketing/marketing services agency (Westport, CT), partnering with my wife. After fifteen years, sold it to the employees and became CEO of an Internet Company and retired for a year. Then I went back four years ago as VP of Direct Marketing for Intuit - makers of quickbooks, quicken, turbotax. We have two daughters, ages 8 and 11. From my perspective, I'm doing applied Sociology - a lot of databases, persuasion based on what group a person belong to.

MITCHELL, Shayla '99
After graduating from Oberlin, I went to the the University of Pennsylvania for a Masters in Secondary Social Studies Education. I graduated from the program in the summer of 2000 and went on to teach World History at a high school in Washington D.C. I was only in D.C. for one year. I then moved to Decatur, GA where I taught for two more years at a high school in the burbs. Although I am still in Georgia, I am now a full time student working on my PhD in Educational Policy Studies with a concentration in Social Foundations of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. While at GSU I have been on a study abroad trip to Havana, Cuba (May 2004) and interned (awarded Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar) at the US Department of Education.

MOLDER, Joe '53
My work has not been in the field of sociology, but the general background it provided has been helpful in educational administration. I did marry another Oberlin sociology major, Beth McElroy, and we are still together after 45 years so perhaps the course that I took on 'Marriage and the Family' (I am not sure which department offered it) has made a difference.

MONDLANE, Eduardo '53
President of Mozambican Liberation Front from 1962 until his assassination in 1969. Memorialized by the oldest and largest university in Moazambique, Eduardo Mondlane University.

MORAN, Mary '02
I am in my fifth year of teaching fourth grade English and History at Trevor Day School in New York, New York. (2012)

MYERS, Sophia '12
As of right now I am in Vietnam teaching English and will certainly write a little bit more about that and send it to you in the coming days. Also, my home in Cambridge, MA is always open for Obies looking for a place over winter term.  (2012)

NEGROPONT, Ramona '12
After graduation, I began an eleven week summer internship with the International Rescue Committee in New York City. The IRC helps resettle refugees and my primary duties included accompanying refugees to a number of government offices, teaching them how to navigate the NYC transit system, helping them find housing, shopping for their household supplies, and helping case workers organize refugees' case files and finance reports. I enjoyed my time at the IRC and highly recommend the internship program. 

I currently reside in Cape Town, South Africa, where I am doing volunteer work at a government school. I arrived two weeks ago and will be here until the end of December. I work for a program called the Shine Centre, which focuses on teaching children from underprivileged backgrounds how to read in English. The literacy rates of South African children have decreased a great amount in the past few years and the government run schools need all the volunteer help they can get. 

I loved being a sociology major at Oberlin and know that it will influence my career path. That being said, I have no idea what I want to do. Thanks for the e-mail and I hope all is well at Oberlin!  (2012)

ORFALY, Liz '12
I am working as a kindergarten teacher in Washington, D.C. I'm part of an amazing program called Center for inspired teaching. I'm working towards a masters In education while teaching full time at a charter school. I was hired along with 21 other residents.

I hope all is well in Oberlin and especially with the Sociology department!  (2012)

PAINE, Abigail '00
I graduated in May 2005 with an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and an MSSW (Masters of Science in Social Work) from Columbia's School of Social Work. I got engaged last February to Peter Hadler (not an Obie) and moved to Boston this summer. I am now working for the Boston Public Health Commision as a Program Coordinator for the AIDS Program. I am sad to have left NYC after grad school, but I am starting to explore Boston and learning to like it!

I am presently a Doctoral Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University. My area of specialization is hazard resiliency and the built environment. I also teach Urban Planning and research at Florida Atlantic University. I live in Delray Beach, FL, with my husband and two sons, ages 12 and 8.

REICHGOTT, Heather W.  '01
After graduating from Oberlin as a Sociology and Religion double major I went on for an M. Div. and a Ph. D. in Christian theology. My work in theology is focused on issues of power and discrimination as they affect religious thought and practice. I think Oberlin's sociology program helped me clarify this direction of study early on. I just completed my Ph. D. (graduated from the Graduate Theological Union in May 2012) and am working on several potential article and book projects. I have been active for years in More Light Presbyterians, the LGBT caucus of the Presbyterian Church (USA) working for the full inclusion of LGBT people, and am glad to report that we succeeded in changing the rules regarding ordination in 2010. I am also a pianist, and learned to accompany dance classes at Ohio Dance Theatre in Oberlin. I have been working as a professional pianist and teacher since about midway through my graduate study. I live in South Hadley, a small town in western Massachusetts with a great arts community, with my wife Gillian and daughter Tovah.

If any sociology students are interested in issues related to Christianity and gender/sexuality I would be happy to help connect them with academic and church-activist resources.  (2012)

RIDLEY, Gordon T. '72
Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs I served as the UW Medical School's principal business officer since 1996. I received my master's degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. My responsibilities include oversight of all financial and administrative activities of the UW Medical School. I also give lectures on the American health care system in the school's Department of Population Health Sciences. My administrative experience spans 25 years, the majority associated with academic health centers. I am active in the Association of American Medical Colleges and community organizations.

ROTHENBERG, Aileen '76
I am one of your older alums. I was living in the Seattle, WA area untill just recently. Now I live in Martinez, CA. I didn't follow the path of what some might with a Sociology degree. I had thought I would go into Social Work, but that didn't happen. I have been working in college administration for over 20 years, first at a community college in Student Activities, during which time I also went part time to get my Master's in Education, then at a large university as a Residence Hall Director, then in Student Activities again at the same university. Lastly, I worked at a small private college as an advisor in their Teacher Preparation Programs. I left there in October 2005, when I moved to Martinez, CA. I am currently unemployed, but looking for work, mostly likely in college advising. I have enjoyed working in the college/university environment. It is extremely stimulating and I meet such interesting people who are at the cross roads in life. I also have been able to use and develop my couseling and advising skills most of the jobs I have had. It was a good career path for me.

SALADIK, Jennifer '08
I am currently teaching high school Spanish at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. (2012)

SALTER, Pamela '74
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Currently the Training Director and Associate Director for the Student Counseling Service at Miami University. Been with Miami University of 13 years. I am single and have three grown sons, one a clarinetist and two who do software design, one of whom is soon leaving that work to get his Ph.D., either in political science or psychology.

I work in downtown Berkeley, CA for a non-profit energy efficiency/community development organization, Smart Lights Program. I run an energy efficiency program that specializes in helping small businesses become more energy-efficient. My main motivation is saving the world from global warming, but I also get to help the businesses in my community. I now know more about lighting technology than I ever thought humanly possible. I recently married Dan Holzner and we are living in Richmond, California. We'd love to hear from old friends and also any folks who might be living in our neck of the woods.

SCHRIFTMAN, Lindsay (Adelsheim) '00
Since leaving Oberlin, I worked for several years in the student ravel industry. It was great fun and I got to travel a lot which was a huge perk of the job. After leaving that position, I moved back to Pittsburgh (my home town) to attend graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. In August 2004, I received an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) and I am now working as a Librarian at the Western School of Health and Business Careers here in Pittsburgh. I married Joshua Schriftman on August, 14, 2004 and we bought a house in the Greenfield area of the city this past May. For the past three years I have been the Regional Coordinator for the Oberlin Club of Pittsburgh; a position I love that allows me to stay in touch with Oberlin and fellow alums in the area. After attending several "What to do with your degree in Sociology" seminars while at Oberlin, I can honestly say that I use my degree every day in my profession. Being a Librarian requires you to have a wide range of knowledge about people, institutions, the government, and society. While working in the library at Oberlin, I loved that I had the opportunity to learn something new each day on topics ranging from Classics to Gender Studies. I would encourage currently Sociology majors to consider a career in Libraries and/or Information Sciences as a great way to pursue their interests.

SHERMAN, Abigail '98
I am a doctoral candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis and have recently moved to St. Paul Minnesota. I conduct adolescent health research in the department of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and am getting married in June. It seems appropriate to share that my interest in social research was cultivated at Oberlin. Oberlin taught me the value of good research and the impact it can have on socially just efforts.

SIEGLER, Anne E. '02
After graduation, I moved to Boston where I worked in the field of affordable housing for people with HIV/AIDS-- first in direct services and then in policy analysis. After 4 years in Boston, I moved to New York City where I am in the 2nd year of my masters in public health at
Columbia University.

SIRKIN, Alex '04
I'm currently in Software Sales. I graduated from Oberlin and went into the tech industry. From there I received a masters in Information Systems and then a MBA in Marketing. LOVED my sociology courses especially professor Vujacic!  (2012)

SMEBY, Anna '98
I worked in the San Francisco Bay area for 6 years on Early Childhood Education policy, mostly toward the goal of improving quality. I am currently at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (class of 2006) pursuing a Master of Public Administration with concentrations in Education Policy and Economic and Political Development.

SMITH, Evan '05
After college, I spent two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA doing community organizing related to water quality issues in the coalfields of Appalachia.  Afterwards I went to graduate and law school at the University of Pennsylvania (JD/MPA).  I am now working for a law clerk for a judge on the federal court of appeals.  (2012)

SOPPELSA, Elizabeth (Betty) '68
I spent two years in the Peace Corps in Cote d'Ivoire 1968-70. MA in English, with emphasis on linguistics from Ohio State in 1977. Instructor in English as a Second Language at Ohio State, 1973-1980; Assistant Director 1977-80. Director, Applied English Center, University of Kansas, 1980-2000. Deputy Executive Director, NAFSA; Association of International Educators, Washington, D.C. 2000-present.

STEFFEN, Mark '11
I just finished serving 15 months on the Scott Brown for US Senate campaign in Massachusetts. I'm in the process of applying for other full time positions in the consulting world or on Capitol Hill. I'm happy to direct any sociology majors toward a Winter Term project in Boston if it concerns politics, however I doubt there are many moderate Republicans in the department :) Thanks for everything!

STEINFELD, Sarah '06
Thanks so much for reaching out! I actually just graduated from Columbia Law School in May and started a job about three weeks ago as a Judicial Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review.  I spend most of my time researching and writing opinions for the six immigration judges in the Boston Immigration Court.

It's a fantastic job that my Oberlin education absolutely prepared me for.  I learned to research and write, but perhaps more importantly I learned about the circumstances in peoples' lives that contribute to their appearance before the immigration judges.  I think that gives me an important perspective as I aid the judges in making crucial decisions. 

Although we've been hiring exclusively legal interns, I will investigate to see if we can coordinate a Winter Term internship.  If we can, we may not be able to start until 2014 because all positions require a rather extensive background check and there may not be time to complete it this year.

I would be happy to speak with any students interested in pursuing government work, the legal field, or immigration issues.  (2012)

STREETS, Billie '86
I graduated from Ohio State University with an MBA (Marketing and Sports Management) in 1989. I'm working on my Doctorate in Management and Marketing and hope to be completed by Spring, 2007. My career has been in the sports and entertainment industry. Since I left Oberlin I've worked with the National Basketball Association, New York Knicks and currently work for Madison Square Garden as the Vice President, Corporate Events.

SWANN-JOSEPH, Syreeta '01
Since graduating from Oberlin in 2001, I've held several positions at United States Copyright Office: Division Secretary, Senior Copyright Information Specialist, Chair of the USCO Social Media Project, Copyright Information Technology Specialist (Change Management), and Special Project Administrator. None of my career choices have been in a sociology-related field.  However, understanding society and human development has been central to each position and all of my work with the United States Copyright Office.
SWARTZ, Rebecca '00
I work for Target Corporation as a Manager of Sourcing Operations. In my role, I work on technology strategic planning in order to support our sourcing process. Prior to joining Target in 2006, I was a manager of human rights at Reebok International, Ltd.  After completing my Bachelor’s degree at Oberlin, I graduated from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, earning my MBA with concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Sustainability. I serve as the treasurer on the Board of Directors of Camp to Belong International, a nonprofit organization that provides programming support to connect siblings separated through foster care.  (2012)

TOBIN, Harper Jean '03
I married Lee A. McKeever, OC '04, in August 2004. I received a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in May 2007. I have written:
Against the Surgical Requirement for Change of Legal Sex, 30 CASE W. RES. J. INT'L L. 343 (2007);
Confronting Questionable Abortion Information: Informed Consent, Deference, and Fetal Pain, 16 COLUM. J. GENDER & L. (forthcoming).
I took the Maryland Bar Exam in July 2007. I am now a Federal Rights Attorney at the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Washington, DC.

UEMURA, Nana '03
After graduating in 2003, I went to work for a non-profit in a rural village located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. My job duties included interpretation, promoting eco-friendly tourism practices to foreign delegations, and coordinating cultural events in the rural community where I lived. Soon after, I enrolled in the Masters of Social Work Program at Columbia University in NYC, where my concentration was in social work administration. I graduated in 2006, then got a job working in a settlement house located in the south Bronx. I was the Coordinator of Operations for the Department of Workforce Development, where their main focus was to enable individuals on public assistance obtain employment. After a year of working for that department, I was promoted to become the Assistant to the Executive Director. My main duties have been to oversee the 120+ contracts the agency has with the government, supervise 13 Masters of social work interns, assist in grant writing, participate in the agency's strategic planning process, among other projects. I currently reside in Brooklyn.

UNGAR, Lauren '81
I am living in Ann Arbor, MI with my husband, Ram Mahalingam and our daughter, Jeeva Muhil, who is 10. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist working for Saint Joseph Mercy Outpatient Behavior Services, and working toward starting a small private practice.

VINOKUR, Diane Kaplan '70
Associate Professor of Social Work B.A. (cum laude), Sociology, 1970, Oberlin College, OH; M.S.W., Social Policy, 1972, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; M.A., Sociology, 1973, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Ph.D., Social Work and Sociology, 1975, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI I have scholarly interests in the application of social psychological and organizational theories to human service organizations and their personnel. I study the implications of such findings for nonprofit management and social work practice. I have collaborated with colleagues in the analysis of national surveys, comparing work satisfaction and job stress among social workers employed in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. My most recent study, "The Under One Roof Project," investigates the development and impact of nonprofit co-locations on organizations and communities. My publications are authored as Diane Vinokur-Kaplan. Currently, I am the director of the UM Nonprofit and Public Management Center, a collaboration of the Schools of Social Work, Business, and Public Policy, which I and Professor Janet A. Weiss co-founded in 1997.

WALLACE, Tiana  '06
Upon graduation from Oberlin, I began working in the Non-Profit educational sector.  I have been with Boston Public Schools for the past 5 years in various programming capacities to close the achievement gap.  Working with the Gates Foundation, Massachusetts DESE, and the Department of Youth Services.  Over the last year I have begun my Master's in Education in Special Education/Autism.  I have transitioned into classroom teaching and love it!    Home URL page:

Went to law school.  Work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts doing energy law. (2012)

WELSH, Sandy '87
I am currently an Associate Professor Sociology at the University of Toronto since 1994. I did my Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University. The past two years I've been the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in my department. My main areas of research are work and occupations and gender. I've focused on the study of sexual harassment as well as the professionalization of complementary and alternative medicine occupations. My work has been published in a variety of journals (e.g. Annual Review of Sociology, Gender & Society, Sociological Quarterly, and Social Science and Medicine.)

WOLFF, Kristina '03
I taught Spanish to middle school students in Connecticut from 2003-2005. I went to the University of Michigan in 2005 and pursued a Masters in Social Work. I graduated in April 2007. I co-led an undergraduate trip to Costa Rica in Summer 2007 and am now working at Southwest Solutions, a community mental health agency, in Detroit, as a clinician.

WOODWARD, Alison E. '72
After an Oberlin Master of Arts on Skid Row Men in Cleveland I went to Sweden (from 1973-1987) leading research on housing and energy while working on a Ph.D. on new towns which I defended at the University of California, Berkeley. Today I am Research Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB)Belgium and co-director of RHEA, the Center for Gender Studies and Diversity Research.  Since 2007 I work as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for European Studies of the VUB. Research interests are in the field of comparative European Union public policy and organization, especially in the areas of civil society, transnational mobilization, gender, migration, and equality. Most of these interests were triggered at Oberlin (Al McQueen, Milton Yinger, James Walsh, Kyoshi Ikeda, R. Myer...)Latest books are  co-edited volumes with M. Franken, A. Cabo and B. Bagihole Teaching Intersectionality: Putting Gender at the Center, Central European University Press/University of!

Stockholm Gender Studies (2010) and (with Jean-Michel Bonvin and Mercè Renom, eds.) (forthcoming 2010) Transforming Gendered Well-Being: The Impact of Social Movements, Ashgate. A recent article is "'Too Late for Mainstreaming: The View from Brussels." European Journal of Social Policy 18, no. 3 (2008).

We can offer internships (no funding) at the Institute of European Studies during the Summer, or eventually Winter Term for students with research projects on EU issues. My field is now Political Sociology with focus on Migration, minorities, social policy and Diversity in the EU.
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YAGER, Kathleen M. '04
In 2005 I entered Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Social Work. I will graduate in May 2008 with a dual degree in social work and nonprofit management. I am employed full time at Catholic Charities as a Quality Administrator and I work part time - two evenings a week- for Hispanic UMADAOP, a small nonprofit on the West side of Cleveland, as a data manager for a federally funded grant the agency received.