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Sociology Faculty

Dr. Craig Boylstein earned a Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Florida. He worked as an Associate Investigator/Health Research Scientist in the Veterans Affairs Health System for over six years conducting research on stroke recovery outcomes. He teaches introductory sociology, medical sociology, sociology of aging and social policy, and comparative police studies. His research is currently focused on reciprocity and narrative continuity among spousal caregivers of people with chronic illness conditions. He has co-authored more than twelve articles related to stroke recovery, organization studies, and caregiving and presented papers related to his research over the past eight years at national conferences such as the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, and Health Services Research & Development Annual Conference.


Dr. Sara Brallier earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Buffalo. She teaches introductory sociology, sociology of religion, sociology of aging, sociology of death and dying, and research methods for the social sciences. Her research is currently focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. She and her students and colleagues have published several articles and presented over a dozen papers on her research comparing learning outcomes of students in web-based courses to those in traditional lecture-based courses.


Dr. Jason Eastman. Visit Dr. Eastman's web page.


Dr. Robert B. Jenkot earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, criminological theories, the history of crime, organized crime, race and ethnic relations, juvenile delinquency, and minorities and social justice. His primary interest is in how race, class, gender, and ethnicity can affect a person's offending behavior, and in particular, how these factors influence a person's illicit drug use, sales, and manufacturing. He is also keenly interested in the way that criminals and deviants overcome the moral and ethical boundaries learned through socialization in order to take part in non-conforming behavior. In his spare time Bob builds computers, plays video games with his friends and family, and likes to fish. Visit Dr. Jenkot's class blog.


Dr. Deborah Perkins earned a Ph.D. in 1999 from The University of Tennessee. She teaches social problems, majority-minority relations, environmental sociology, community development, and poverty. Dr. Perkins' research interests are in the areas of community-based participatory research and development, social justice, political theory, and critical education/pedagogy. Her past research includes evaluation studies to assess implementation and impact of various governmental programs and policies. Dr. Perkins is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, where she currently serves as Chair of the Conflict, Social Action, and Change Division and member of the Social Action Award Committee.


Dr. Susan E. Webb earned a Ph.D. in 1985 from North Carolina State University. Professor Webb has been on the Coastal faculty since 1984. She teaches social demography, sociological analysis, victimology, sociology of the family, and seminars on AIDS and on the American South. Dr. Webb's research focuses on changes in the South Carolina coastal region as people move to the area. She also writes and conducts professional workshops about issues in teaching sociology and on faculty governance. Dr. Webb serves on the Committee on the Status of Students for the Southern Sociological Society. Dr. Webb is Past-President of the South Carolina Sociological Association and was President of the National Council of State Sociological Associations, 2005-2007. She served as Vice-Chair and then Chair of Coastal's Faculty Senate, 2007-2009. Dr. Webb is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology at CCU.


Dr. Matt Wilkinson earned a Ph.D. in 2008 from Louisiana State University. He teaches introductory sociology, social problems, deviance, sociological theory, and sociology of consumer culture. His research is currently focused on the role of social integration in the construction and maintenance of identity and its subsequent influence on mental health. Dr. Wilkinson's other research interests include strain-anomie theory, delinquency, consumerism, popular culture, and social identity. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, the Southern Sociological Society, and the Mid-South Sociological Association.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Department of
Psychology and Sociology
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528


Penny Hall, Rm 231

Department Chair: 
Susan Webb
Professor of Sociology

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