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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.                                                                                                                                                  

Office -  Brittain Hall  214  Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2471 E-mail cboylste@coastal.edu


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.                                                                                                                                                                   

Office -  Brittain Hall  221 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2470 E-mail brallier@coastal.edu


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

Office -  Brittain Hall  215 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2393 E-mail  jeastman@coastal.edu


Dr. Robert B. Jenkot earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. He came to the Coastal Carolina University in 2009. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, criminological theories, the history of crime, illicit drug and alcohol use/sales/manufacturing, organized crime, race and ethnic relations, and minorities & social justice. His primary interest is how race, class, gender, and ethnicity can affect a person’s offending behavior. In particular, how these factors influence a person’s illicit drug use, sales, and manufacturing. He is also interested in media constructions of crime, criminals, and how these categories interact with a person’s gender. He has also conducted research regarding: historical aspects of organized crime, sexuality & gender, internet fraud/crime/cons, prisons, the civil rights movement, drug and alcohol use/abuse among college students, school shootings, and policies regarding carrying firearms on college campuses.  Dr. Jenkot is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Sociology at CCU.                                                                                                                                      

Office -  Brittain Hall  208 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2274 E-mail rjenkot@coastal.edu


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. 

Office -  Brittain Hall  227 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2693 E-mail dperkins@coastal.edu


Dr. Hephzibah Strmic-Pawl earned a Ph.D in 2012 from the University of Virginia.  She teaches introduction to sociology, social inequality, race and ethnic relations, and African American communities.  Dr. Strimc-Pawl specializes in race and racism with a particular interest in biracial identity.  Her current project investigates the interacting forces among multiracials, racial ideologies, and the racial hierarchy.  Her project shows how multiracialism is maturing into a dominant force in the racial landscape, yet at the same time persisting racial discrimination and racist ideologies prevent multiracialism from leading to racial reconciliation.  Dr. Strmic-Pawl is a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), the Association of Humanist Sociology (AHS), and the Southern Sociological Society (SSS).  She is currently the pedagogy editor for the ASA sponsored journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, she is the Chair of the SSSP Teaching Social Problems Division, she serves on the SSS Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and she is associate editor for the AHS sponsored journal Humanity and Society.  You can visit Dr. Strmic-Pawl's website at www.hephzibahvsp.com

Office - Brittain 233  Campus Telephone/Extension 843-234-3489   
Email  hstrmicp@coastal.edu


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.

Office -  Brittain Hall  230 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-2933 E-mail  sewebb@coastal.edu


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.                             

Office -  Brittain Hall  223 Campus Telephone/Extension 843-349-6440 E-mail mwilkins@coastal.edu

Contact Us

Main Office
Brittain Hall 231


Department Chair
Bob Jenkot
Assoc. Professor of Sociology
rjenkot@coastal.edu ‌


Administrative Specialist
Amy Haggard


Mailing Address
Department of Sociology
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC  29528

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