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Social Theory and Practice (STP) (Major)

The Social Theory and Practice Major is open to ALL LSA Students.

The RC Social Theory and Practice Major supports students in developing the analytical and practical skills necessary for active engagement in the world and for building careers that promote equality and responsible citizenship. Faculty whose work encompasses sociology, political science, history, anthropology, economics, education, environmental justice, sustainable agriculture, geography, and psychology provide students with multi-disciplinary approaches to current issues in U.S. society and the global environment. Students learn theories, methods, and strategies that enable them to understand and critique social structures and processes and to become effective actors in struggles for justice. They take core courses together, and create individual major plans tailored to their specific interests. Recent STP concentrators have pursued such topics as “Health Policy in the United States,” “Tracking Globalization in Detroit,” “Juvenile Justice in the U.S. and Senegal,” “Urban Youth Empowerment,” “Sustainable Agriculture in Michigan and Cuba,” “Peace, Policy, and Public Health,” and “Community Dialogues.”

The STP Major Advisor advises students about requirements and course options, tracks their progress through the major, and signs release forms.

The student’s faculty mentor is an intellectual guide and companion who shares the student’s academic interests. STP students are linked with an initial faculty mentor during the semester they submit a major proposal (See “c” below), however a student might have multiple faculty mentors over the years.

Make an advising appointment to explore or declare the RC Social Theory and Practice Major. 

Learn more about the STP major on the RC Podcast, December 2019 episode: 

Social Theory & Practice Faculty and their Research Interests

David Burkam schooling; gender, race & social inequities in educational access; research methods; statistics

Theresa Braunschneider critical pedagogies; gender, race, class, & higher education; feminist theory; history of sexuality

Sueann Caulfield Latin American & Brazilian history; gender, sexuality & human rights

Angela Dillard American & African-American intellectual & political history; critical race theory; religious studies; social movement history & theory; conservative thought

Jeff Evans creative process; clinical psychology; neuropsychology; arts in healthcare; narrative methods

Leila Kawar legal theory & culture; migration & citizenship; comparative social policy

Nora Krinitsky: United States and African American history, urban studies, crime and justice, policing, prison and incarceration, law and society

Ashley Lucas arts practice & incarceration; theatre for social change; impact of incarceration on families; Latina/o Studies; comparative ethic studies

Virginia Murphy environmental activism; American environmental literature & travel narratives; food justice, sustainable agriculture & agricultural labor issues; climate & environmental justice

Becca Pickus critical pedagogies; racial justice; restorative justice & incarceration; grief, loss & trauma; trauma-responsive practices

Ian Robinson comparative & international political economy; unions & labor movements; organizing for social justice; trade policy & alternative models of North American integration; Mexican labor migration; experiential & community service learning

Mabel Rodriguez linguistics (second language acquisition, bilingualism, translation); migrant outreach & education; experiential & community service learning

Teresa Sanchez-Snell Spanish language-based Internships; service learning within the Latinx community; study of Latinx experiences in the United States

Heather Thompson American history; crime & justice; policing; prisons; labor; Detroit

Stephen Ward African-American history; Black Power Movement; community-based political activism; urban studies; Detroit

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

Charlie Bright

Helen Fox

Hank Greenspan

Ann Larimore

Jennifer Myers

Frank Thompson

David Turnley

Thomas Weisskopf


Revised 11.10.21