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Social Science 102

Simply put, social science is the field of study concerned with society; here we use scientific methods to study human behavior and social patterns. Areas of study include anthropology, economics, political science, history and psychology, among others. Many Novo Collegians study the social sciences because they want to help improve our societies – and they do.

The faculty’s longstanding relationship with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota is of great benefit to New College students, who are frequently able to study at this world-class marine life facility in conjunction with classes, tutorials, or their professors’ funded research. Some students have also done internships. These provide unique, hands-on opportunities to conduct ocean science research, education, or support services under the mentorship of Mote scientists, educators, animal care specialists and other professionals.

Areas of Concentration in the Social Sciences Division

Social Sciences Faculty

Frank Alcock Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies
Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Environmental Studies Public Policy Office of the Provost
Anthony Andrews Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Anthropology
Uzi Baram Professor of Anthropology
Director of New College Public Archaeology Lab
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Anthropology Urban Studies Museum Studies Environmental Studies
Michelle Barton Associate Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Psychology
Gordon Bauer Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Psychology
Carrie Beneš Professor of History
Chart Your Course Director
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Medieval and Renaissance Studies History Urban Studies
David Brain Urban Studies Program Director
Professor of Sociology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Urban Studies Environmental Studies Sociology
Charlene Callahan Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Provost Emerita
Contact (941) 487-4380
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Psychology
Kathleen Casto Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Neuroscience Biopsychology Psychology
Richard Coe Professor of Economics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Public Policy Finance
Tracy Collins Associate Professor of Economics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Public Policy Finance
Peter Cook Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Biopsychology Environmental Studies Neuroscience Psychology
Duff Cooper Director of the Quantitative Resource Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods
Catherine Cottrell Associate Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Psychology Quantitative Social Science
Erin Dean Associate Professor of Anthropology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Environmental Studies Anthropology
Justus Doenecke Emeritus Professor of History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division
Emily Fairchild Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Program Advisor for Gender Studies 2021-2022
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Gender Studies Sociology
Barbara Feldman Professor of Sociology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Sociology
Amanda Fidalgo Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Quantitative Social Science
Keith Fitzgerald Associate Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Public Policy
Yidong Gong Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Health, Culture and Societies International & Area Studies Anthropology
Michael Gorup Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science
Steven Graham Associate Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Psychology
Heidi Harley Professor of Psychology/ Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair
Director Environmental Studies Program
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Environmental Studies Biopsychology Psychology
David Harvey Professor of History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division History
Sarah Hernandez Associate Professor of Sociology & Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Co-Director of the Initiative on Diversity and Equity in Academics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Public Policy Sociology
Barbara Hicks Social Science Division Chair
Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Public Policy
Tarron Khemraj Professor of Economics and International Studies
William and Marie Selby Chair
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Environmental Studies Public Policy Quantitative Social Science Finance
Eugene Lewis Emeritus Professor of Political Science
Contact (941) 487-4380
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science
T. J. H. McCarthy Professor of Medieval History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Humanities Division History Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Ana Maria Navas Mendez Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Anthropology
Mark Paul Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Environmental Studies Finance
John Perry Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division History
Jack Reilly Associate Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Public Policy Applied Data Science Graduate Program Quantitative Social Science Urban Studies
Rudabeh Shahid Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science
Xia Shi Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies
Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Humanities Division Gender Studies History
Maria D. Vesperi Professor of Anthropology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Anthropology Urban Studies
Sherry Yu Associate Professor of Economics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Quantitative Social Science Finance
Queen Zabriskie Associate Professor of Sociology, MacArthur Professorship 2019-2022
Interim Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Sociology Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Outreach and Inclusive Excellence