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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.

Social Sciences Division AOCs

Social Sciences Faculty & Staff

Frank Alcock Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies
Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects
Anthony Andrews Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Anthropology
Uzi Baram Professor of Anthropology
Director of New College Public Archaeology Lab
Michelle Barton Associate Professor of Psychology
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Psychology
Elizabeth Bates Psychology Technician
Carrie Beneš Professor of History
Chart Your Course Director
David Brain Urban Studies Program Director
Professor of Sociology
Charlene Callahan Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Provost Emerita
Contact (941) 487-4380
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Psychology
Kathleen Casto Assistant Professor of Psychology
Richard Coe Professor of Economics
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Economics Public Policy Finance
Nat J. Colletta Adjunct Professor of International Studies
Tracy Collins Associate Professor of Economics
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Economics Public Policy Finance
Duff Cooper Director of Social Sciences Research Lab
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods
Catherine Cottrell Associate Professor of Psychology
Erin Dean Associate Professor of Anthropology
Justus Doenecke Emeritus Professor of History
Barbara Feldman Professor of Sociology
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Sociology
Amanda Fidalgo Assistant Professor of Political Science
Keith Fitzgerald Associate Professor of Political Science
Yidong Gong Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Michael Gorup Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Political Science Philosophy
Steven Graham Associate Professor of Psychology
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Psychology
Heidi Harley Professor of Psychology/ Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair
Director Environmental Studies Program
David Harvey Professor of History
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration History
Sarah Hernandez Associate Professor of Sociology & Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Co-Director of the Initiative on Diversity and Equity in Academics
Barbara Hicks Social Science Division Chair
Professor of Political Science
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Political Science Public Policy
Hannah Hoogerwoerd Laboratory Technician
Yoga Instructor
Tarron Khemraj Professor of Economics and International Economics
William and Marie Selby Chair
Eugene Lewis Emeritus Professor of Political Science
Contact (941) 487-4380
Office or Division Social Sciences Division Area of Concentration Political Science
Ana Maria Navas Mendez Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Jack Reilly Associate Professor of Political Science
Xia Shi Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies
Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies
Maria D. Vesperi Professor of Anthropology
Erik Wallenberg Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Sherry Yu Associate Professor of Economics
Queen Zabriskie Associate Professor of Sociology
MacArthur Professorship 2019-2022