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Sociology & Anthropology Department Faculty

Each faculty member in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at Shippensburg University brings unique experiences and interests to the classroom. The department holds memberships in the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the International Leadership Association. Students receive personal attention and mentorship from faculty for:

  • Advising
  • Research collaboration
  • Employment after graduation
  • Admission to graduate programs


Allison Carey

allison carey


Professor of Sociology & Chair

Grove Hall 430


Ph.D., University of Michigan


Professor Carey's areas of specialization include:

  • Medical sociology
  • Health and disability
  • Social problems
  • Inequality
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Cultural beliefs and practices related to people defined as having intellectual disabilities

Selected Publications

Disability and the Sociological ImaginationAllies and Obstacles



Lawrence M. Eppard

lawrence eppard


Associate Professor of Sociology

Grove Hall 437


Ph.D., University of Florida


Professor Eppard's areas of specialization include:

  • Economic and racial inequalities
  • Poverty and social welfare
  • Research methods
  • Media/post-truth America
  • Environmental sociology

Selected Publications

Check some of Professor Eppard's most recent published articles as well as his books:

The Poisoning of the American Mind book cover image 


(coming summer 2024!)



On Inequality and Freedom Rugged Individualism Misunderstanding American Inequality Poorly Understood

Connors Institute

Professor Eppard directs the Connors Institute for Nonpartisan Research & Civic Engagement at Shippensburg University.

Connors seeks to disseminate high-quality nonpartisan information to the American public around issues of news literacy, societal well-being, and democracy promotion.

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Chad Kimmel

chad kimmel


Associate Professor of Sociology

Grove Hall 431


Ph.D., Western Michigan University


Professor Kimmel's areas of specialization include:

  • Community studies
  • Restorative justice 
  • Deviance
  • Suburban sociology



Karl Lorenz

karl lorenz


Professor of Anthropology

Grove Hall 335


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Professor Lorenz's areas of specialization include:

  • The evolution of social complexity 
  • Regions of Native North America, Mesoamerica, and Egypt 



David Monaghan

david monaghan


Associate Professor of Sociology

Grove Hall 433


Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center


Professor Monaghan's areas of specialization include:

  • Higher education
  • Education and culture
  • Education policy

Selected Publications



Ying Yang

ying yang


Associate Professor of Sociology

Grove Hall 425


Ph.D., University of South Carolina


Professor Yang's areas of specialization include:

  • Immigration 
  • Housing wealth
  • Race and ethnicity 
  • Globalization 
  • Inequality
  • Quantitative research methods 





Contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department Grove Hall 428, Shippensburg University 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1735 Fax: (717) 477-4011

Contact the Sociology/Anthropology Department Grove Hall 428 Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1735 Fax: (717) 477-4011