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Staff Contacts

Deborah Perkins, Ph.D.

Dr. 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 theSociety 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.



Jason Eastman, Ph.D.

Jason T. Eastman, earned a bachelor's degree in human relations from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000, a master's degree in sociology and a doctorate degree in equality and social justice from Florida State University in 2003 and 2007, respectively. His research focuses on Southern rock music and how this music depicts poor, rural white men, and how social inequities across all status groupings are perpetuated through those representations. His areas of expertise are inequality and social justice. jeastman@coastal.edu

Lisa Winters, Ph.D.

Dr. Winters earned a Ph.D. in 2012 from Louisiana State University.  She teaches courses in introductory sociology, social problems, and social inequality.  Her primary research interests are in the areas of social stratification, and the sociology of health and illness.  Recent and ongoing research projects examine the influence of community economic and social development (e.g. income inequality, religious ecology, Latino immigration) on various demographic outcomes, including population health, civic participation, and crime.


Matt Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Dr. 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. mwilkins@coastal.edu

Sara Brallier, Ph.D.

Dr. 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. brallier@coastal.edu