Kristjane Nordmeyer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Utah in 2008. She also received master degrees in gerontology and sociology from the University of Utah. Kristjane's teaching and research combines her love of sociology, gender studies, care work, and aging. As a sociology faculty member, Kristjane is currently chair of the Gender Studies program at Westminster College and teaches in the Honors Program. She teaches a wide range of courses both on campus and internationally as part of Westminster College's May Term Study Experience.
Mark Rubinfeld, professor and chair of sociology, joined Westminster College in 2003 after previously teaching at Loyola University in New Orleans and Assumption College in Massachusetts. A native New Yorker, his advanced degrees include a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where, among others, he studied under Peter Rossi, Alice Rossi, Jay Demerath, and John Hewitt. Specializing in the sociology of popular culture, Mark's articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Journal of American Culture, International Journal of the History of Sport, Popular Music and Society, and Teaching Sociology. He is also the author of Bound to Bond: Gender, Genre, and the Hollywood Romantic Comedy and is currently working on two new books: American Pop: Exploring the Sociology of Popular Culture and About Love.
Julie Stewart joins Westminster after having taught at the University of Utah for seven years. Julie is committed to high-quality teaching and has won numerous teaching awards, including the Alpha Kappa Delta Professor of the Year award in 2009 and 2012 and the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Junior Superior Teaching Award in 2012. Her teaching and research interests broadly fall into four fields: public policy, social movements, migration and development. What unites them is a thematic focus on displacement – both voluntary and forced. She seeks to better understand how people re-build community, engage in the political process and strive for upward mobility after displacement. She has published broadly on Guatemalan refugees, Mexican immigrants and migration policy. Her research has been funded by grants provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the John D. Rockefeller Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Center for Border Security and Immigration.