sociology faculty

The Sociology faculty members are active in their professions and present papers, attend conferences, conduct research, and serve in professional organizations in their field.

Joseph C. Carroll

Professor, Social Sciences and Education
M. Roy London Endowed Chair

(603) 526-3654 | jcarroll@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined faculty in 1977. B.A. from Holy Cross College; M.A., Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Areas of teaching include sociology of race and ethnic relations, social problems, domestic violence and the sociology of the family. Professor Carroll's research interests include studies of family dynamics, ethnic conflict and genocide. He has recently completed a sabbatical research project that focused on the ethnic turnover of neighborhoods in Lawrence, Mass. over the course of the 20th century. In the fall of 2002, he was awarded the M. Roy London Endowed Chair for Community and Environmental Studies. He is a former Fulbright scholar to Eastern Europe and has taught in Israel.

Kathleen P. Farrell

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3660 | kfarrell@colby-sawyer.edu

Joined the faculty in 2009. Honors B.A. in sociology from Trinity College; M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University. Professor Farrell's primary research and teaching interests include gender and sexualities, with an emphasis on inequality studies. In her courses, Professor Farrell focuses on the interdisciplinary and practical implications of sociology.

Omari Jackson

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3322 | omari.jackson@colby-sawyer.edu

Professor Jackson joined the faculty in 2013. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Michigan and graduate degrees at Wayne State University. He teaches courses on race and ethnicity, social inequalities/stratification, and education. His specific research interests are in educational inequalities that persist among the African American middle class.

He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in what he thought, at the time, was a middle class environment. Professor Jackson is married to Kanika Nicole Jackson and is a father to Omari Jackson Jr.

Kate Turcotte

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Education
(603) 526-3750 | kate.turcotte@colby-sawyer.edu

Kate joined the Social Sciences and Education department at Colby-Sawyer in 2013. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and teaches Individual and Community, Social Problems, and Race and Ethnic Relations at Colby-Sawyer. She has also led courses in Research Methods, Statistics, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Gender, and Sociology in Film.

Kate's areas of interest include poverty, issues associated with economic and social inequality, and community well-being locally and more broadly. Specifically, she has worked extensively with Alaska native populations and has traveled extensively throughout the Northwest Arctic borough of that state speaking with village residents about individual and community sustainability, health, and well-being. She has also led a student-driven research project on local issues, community health, and coping strategies in the face of personal and community adversity. Moreover, she is excited to bring her enthusiasm for Sociology and community into the Colby-Sawyer classroom. As a native of New Hampshire and longtime resident of the Lake Sunapee region, Kate enjoys working within the community she loves.

Adjunct Assistant Professors


Eric Braun, Ed.D.

(603) 526-3988 | eric.braun@colby-sawyer.edu

Philip Eller, M.A.

(603) 526-3883 | peller@colby-sawyer.edu

Erica Webb, M.S.W.

(603) 526-3688 | ewebb@colby-sawyer.edu