Sociology Faculty Mentors

Rick Eckstein, Ph.D.

State University of New York, 1990
Professor of Sociology
Office: SAC 285; Phone: 610-519-4772
E-mail: rick.eckstein@villanova.edu

Dr. Eckstein’s teaching and research emanate from a critical perspective about the relationship
between human beings and the society which creates them and is created by them. This critical
perspective examines how social institutions often perpetuate and legitimize unfair distributions
of wealth, power and prestige. All social  institutions are fair game for this critical analysis, but he is most interested in exploring how corporations, the government, the media and education actually serve parochial class and organizational interests rather than universalistic community interests. Dr. Eckstein is currently working on two projects. The first is an ongoing examination of publicly financed Sport Stadiums and how these projects are generally bad for local communities. The second is an exploration of how and why we culturally exaggerate the importance of sports in the United States.

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Bernard Gallagher, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania, 1972
Professor of Sociology
Office: SAC 290; Phone: 610-519-4785
E-mail: bernard.gallagher@villanova.edu

Dr. Gallagher’s field is psychiatric sociology which centers upon identifying groups at risk for
mental illness. Over recent years, his research has included a number of psychiatric syndromes
including childhood autism, schizophrenia, transsexualism, psychopaths and sexual predators. Presently, he is concentrating on the birth patterns of schizophrenics with an eye toward uncovering prenatal health problems as possible causes of the debilitating psychosis.

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Brian Jones, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania, 1979
Professor of Sociology
Office: SAC 276; Phone: 610-519-4784
E-mail: brian.jones@villanova.edu

Dr. Jones is a student of the patterns of interpersonal relationships (A.K.A.: social networks) as they bear on your behavior. His approach is through research methods, a set of applied skills for dissecting complex social phenomena. Over the past two years, he has been working on a book entitled Buried Treasure: The Pursuit of Social Capital in America. It presents empirical evidence of the past and present state of society at the level of work, family, social networks and group memberships.

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Satya Pattnayak, Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University, 1990
Professor of Sociology & Political Science; Director, Center for Latin American Studies
Office: SAC 273; Phone: 610-519-4773
E-mail: satya.pattnayak@villanova.edu

Dr. Pattnayak’s research interests include political sociology, political economy, comparative
international development, and comparative ethnic identities and conflict. He has been a consultant to the World Bank on Informal Credit transactions. He is academic advisor to the Government of Canada’s Refugee Board. His recent book publications include: The Return of the State: Globalization, Capital, Coercion, and Development (Yash, 2006); National and Human Security Issues in Latin America: Democracies at Risk (Mellen, 2006); and Economic Performance under Democratic Regime in Latin America in the Twenty-First Century (Mellen 2006, with Lowell Gustafson). In addition, he has published research articles in the International Studies, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Review of Modern Sociology, among others.

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