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Sustaining Social Science Research Culture Colloquium series

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has been hosting the Sustaining Social Science Research Culture Colloquium series since Fall 2019. Our speakers have included faculty from within the department and from other campuses who have given talks on a variety of important topics, such as criminal justice, inequality, race, class, gender, gentrification, and health disparities.

If you would like to view the recordings of any of the virtual talks or if you are interested in presenting your research for the colloquium series in the future, please contact Dr. Xuanren Goodman (xsgoodman [at] desu.edu) or Dr. Tanya Whittle (twhittle [at] desu.edu). 


  • Oct 12th. Mr. Mark Booker (Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice) “What’s your gogy: pedagogy and andragogy in prison higher education programs.”
  • Nov 14th Dr. Leela Thomas (Department of Social Work). “Can a mother’s neighborhood determine the outcome of gestational diabetes mellitus?”
  • Nov 28th Dr. Erin Perchiniak (Department of Biological Sciences) and Dr. Joseph Fees (Department of Language and Literatures). “Transforming learning and education through experiential learning.”

Spring 2022 Virtual Talks Schedule

  • Feb. 24. Dr. Guadalupe Marquez-Velarde (Utah State University) “A challenge to the epidemiological paradox: racial identification and health among Mexicans in the U.S.”
  • March 24 Ms. Patty Lovera (Organic Farmers Association).  “How can we fix our broken food system?”
  • April 14 Dr. Jesus Smith (Lawrence University). “Tiger Mandingo and black male vulnerability.”
  • April 7 Dr. Knolan Rawlins (Delaware State University) “Water competency: a matter of perspective.”
  • April 21 Dr. Nii Tawiah (Delaware State University) “Maternal job loss effects on child’s academic achievement.”

Please email xsgoodman [at] desu.edu for the links to the virtual talk recordings.  

Fall 2021 Virtual Talks Schedule 

  • 9/23 “An Invitation to Sociology Research with DSU’s Sociology and Criminal Justice Faculty” presented by Drs. Tanya Whittle, Kevin Ralston, Xuanren Goodman, John Balzarini, and Raymond Tutu.

  • 10/7 Dr. Charles Cange (DSU). “The Rise Up Project: How to Engage the Community on Homophobic Bullying, Trauma, Sexual Health, and Resilience in Delaware.”
  • 10/23 Dr. Danny Malone Jr. (Coker College). “Neutralization Theory and the NFL’s Domestic Violence Issues: A Case Study Analysis.”
  • 11/4 Mr. Perry Phelps (DSU). “Department of Correction Examined and Explained.”
  • 11/18 Dr. Dorothy Dillard (DSU). “Action Research: A Key Element of Creating Change.”

Please email xsgoodman [at] desu.edu for the links to attend the virtual talks.  


Spring 2021 Virtual Talks

  • Dr. TaLisa Carter (American University). ” One hundred tones. One decision: student motivations to work in criminal justice.”
  • Dr. Joan Maya Mazelis (Rutgers University – Camden). “The power of sustainable ties: how a Philadelphia organization builds lasting ties among the poor.” 
  • Dr. Christina Jackson (Stockton University). “Gentrification and the effect on neighborhood ecosystem.”
  • Dr. Chris Prener (St. Louis University). “Fundamental causes of COVID-19: race, class, and health disparities in St. Louis.”
  • Mr. Darryl Chambers (University of Delaware). “Using social capital to address social vulnerability: how credible messengers can promote health equity & address violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Fall 2020 Virtual Talks

  • Dr. Tanya Whittle “Justice Dissonance & Role Adaption: Prisoner Reentry Service Providers’ Roles, Perceptions of Justice, & Discretion”
  • Mr. Kimeu Boynton “Repeated, Ongoing, and Systemic Incidents of Racism and their Harmful Mental Health Effects: Addressing Trauma in the Lives of African Americans”
  • Dr. Xuanren Wang-Goodman “Education, Wage, and Mental Health Outcomes of Post-1965 Immigrants and Their Children”
  • Dr. Anwar Ouassini “Imprisonment through a Custom Lens: Mass Incarceration, Urf, and the Islamic Legal Framework. “
  • Dr. Kevin Ralston “It’s a power struggle: Examining the relationships between incarcerated individuals and correctional officers in a PA prison.”     

Spring 2020

  • Dr. Raymond Tutu “The Need to Centralize Health Literacy in the Sustainable Development Goals.”
  • Dr. Laurin Parker & Mr. Kimeu Boynton “Reducing Juvenile Offending by Reshaping the Juvenile Justice System.”

Fall 2019

  • Dr. John Balzarini “Gate Keeping Communities: Understanding how Landlords Make Sense of and Capitalize on Neighborhood Change and Gentrification.”