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Dr. Eric L. Hirsch,
professor of sociology;

Teaching at PC since 1990
  • Homelessness
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology of Disaster – 9/11
  • Urban Sociology






Dr. Cornelius Riordan, Riordan.jpg
professor of sociology;

Teaching at PC since 1972
  • Single-sex education
  • The Gender Gap in Test Scores and Educational Performance
  • Catholic and Public Schools: Comparative Outcomes
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Research Methods in both Undergraduate and Graduate School Controversies in American Education






Dr. Josephine A. Ruggiero, Ruggiero.jpg
professor of sociology;

Teaching at PC since 1972
  • International Adoption—with an emphasis on adoptions of
    older children (non-infants)
    and siblings from Russia and other Eastern European countries. 

* She also has a longstanding interest in minority groups (based on race, ethnicity, gender, and other variables) and social change in American Society, as well as globally.

Selected Courses Taught:
  • Social Change
  • Introduction into Sociology
  • Internship Focusing on Women’s and Family Issues



Dr. Eve Veliz,

assistant professor of sociology;

Teaching at PC Since: 2009
  • Latino Families
  • Parent-Adolescent Relationships
  • Latino/a adolescent risky behavior
  • Latino Mothers and Fathers
  • Race and Ethnicity, and Families.
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Latinos in the United States
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Inequality 
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