Montana State University

Sociology & Anthropology Faculty

Name Office Phone
Carucci, Larry Wilson Hall 2-124 (406) 994-5255
Eitle, David Wilson Hall 2-130  
Swinford, Steve Wilson Hall 2-112 (406) 994-5254
Fisher, Jack Wilson Hall 2-121 (406) 994-5250
Myers, Scott Wilson Hall 2-126 (406) 994-5249
Neeley, Mike Wilson Hall 2-122 (406) 994-7195
Knight, Kelly Wilson Hall 2-127 (406) 994-7224
Swinford, Steve Wilson Hall 2-125 (406) 994-5254
Warner, Cody Wilson Hall 2-114 (406) 994-4180
Pop, Cristina Wilson Hall 2-120 (406) 994-7288
Mahoney, Nancy Wilson Hall 2-115 (406) 994-4229
Hidalgo, Danielle Wilson Hall 2-115 (406) 994-4229
Ellis, Colter Wilson Hall 2-112 (406) 994-4219
Thorsen, Maggie Wilson Hall 2-109 (406) 994-5248
Greene, Kaylin Wilson Hall 2-116 (406) 994-5243
Rasch, Sara Wilson Hall 2-118 (406) 994-5251


David Eitle, Professor of Sociology and Department Chair

David Eitle earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University. Professor Eitle's research interests include exploring the institutional and community factors associated with school disorder and violence, the etiology of criminal and deviant behavior among late adolescents and young adults, and the risk and protective factors associated with substance use and HIV-risk behaviors. He is a joint principal investigator on two National Institute on Drug Abuse research grants. His work appears in such journals as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Social Science Quarterly.

Curriculum Vitae


Laurence Marshall Carucci, Professor of Anthropology

Laurence Carucci is a social and cultural Anthropologist (Ph.D. University of Chicago) who specializes in the study of the Pacific Islands and is a noted authority on cultural concerns and social life of residents of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Dr. Carucci's contributions to the discipline have focused on issues of symbolic power in the domains of historical and cultural self-fashioning. Dr. Carucci's maintains an ongoing research agenda, having spent over five years in residence in the Marshall Islands since 1976. In addition to his lengthy tenure at MSU, Dr. Carucci has been a professor at the Wesleyan University and the University of South Carolina.

Curriculum Vitae


Colter Ellis, Assistant Professor of Sociology

I received my PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. As a researcher, I focus on the way people understand and interact with the environment and animals. Specifically, I study the human dimensions of unconventional oil and gas exploration, animals and animal agriculture, and invasive species management. My work takes both an applied perspective, focusing on local perception and action, and a theoretical approach, that connects local perspectives to larger historical contexts. I publish in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, including The Sociological Quarterly, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Society & Animals, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. One of my recent publications received the Rural Sociological Society’s award for best paper published in their journal Rural Sociology. I teach courses in Sociological Theory, Race & Ethnicity, and Animals & Society. I take great pride in creating an engaging, creative, and structured classroom experience.   

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Tami Eitle, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, College of Letters and Science

Associate Dean Tami Eitle, an Associate Professor of Sociology, earned her doctorate and master's in sociology from Indiana University. She has two bachelor's degrees - in sociology and personnel management - from the University of Kansas. Dr. Eitle's research focuses on racial and ethnic relations, education, health disparities and deviant behavior (crime and substance use). She is currently serving as the joint principal investigator on two National Institute of Drug Abuse grants. Dr. Eitle has been a faculty member at MSU since 2006, and has served in a variety of leadership positions at MSU. She served a two-year term on the executive committee in the Department of Sociology, three years on the Human Subjects Committee of MSU’s Internal Review Board, six years as a member of the Premedical Professions Advisory Committee and two years on the Faculty Senate Steering Committee. In addition, she mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students by chairing or serving on thesis and dissertation committees, involved students in her research projects, and served as an advisor for undergraduate research projects.



Kelly Knight, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Kelly E. Knight earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has held positions at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Her research interests include examining developmental, life course, and intergenerational patterns of offending, substance use, and victimization. Knight’s research is published in journals such as Criminal Justice and Behavior; Trauma, Violence, and Abuse; Journal of Youth and Adolescence; and Journal of Interpersonal Violence. She teaches courses related to Victimology, Criminology, Policing, and Statistics. Knight also serves on the executive board for the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Victimology.

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Scott Myers, Associate Professor of Sociology

I earned my PhD in Sociology and Demography from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997.Since then, I've cut my teeth at Iowa State University (1997-2000) and Washington State University (2000-2003) as an Assistant Professor. I currently teach classes in Population Problems, Environmental Sociology, Family & Society, and Research Methods. Presently, my research and grant agenda focuses on three areas: (1) Residential mobility and family processes, (2) Neighborhood environmental quality and family relations, and (3) At-risk school-age children, civic involvement, and academic outcomes. My previous research has appeared in American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Social Science Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, and Social Psychological Quarterly.

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Michael Neeley, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Michael Neeley is an anthropological archaeologist (Ph.D. Arizona State University) interested hunter-gatherer adaptations, lithic technology, and Near Eastern prehistory. His current research focuses on late Epipaleolithic hunter-gatherers along the inland lake environments in west-central Jordan and their relationship to the origins of agricultural communities. He is also involved in research of late prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies in Montana. In addition to fieldwork in Jordan and Montana, he has participated in archaeological research projects in Cyprus, France, Arizona, and Colorado. His work has appeared in journals such as Antiquity, Journal of Field Archaeology, and the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research along with numerous chapters in edited volumes.

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Jack Fisher, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Professor Fisher's archaeological research interests include lifeways and adaptations of prehistoric hunter-gatherer peoples of Montana and adjacent regions, and of southern Africa. He directs archaeological investigations in Montana, and collaborates with researchers in South Africa. Professor Fisher has, in addition, carried out ethnoarchaeological research among extant hunter-gatherer peoples of central and southern Africa.

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Steve Swinford, Associate Professor of Sociology

Steve's research focuses on the relationship between childhood and adolescent experiences of violent behaviors and the enactment of violent behaviors during adulthood. A second line of research involves manipulation of open-ended survey question formats and paper and web surveys to identify designs where response rate and response quality improves. Steve has published his research in the Journal of Marriage and the Family, Family Relations, and the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

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Cody Warner, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Cody Warner (PhD Penn State) is a sociologist studying the intersection of crime, incarceration, and social stratification. His current research examines how ex-inmates navigate the residential and housing markets following spells of incarceration. Additional research interests include crime and offending during the transition to adulthood, protest policing and social control, and quantitative research methods. His work appears in such journals as the American Sociological ReviewJournal of Marriage and FamilyCriminology & Public PolicyJournal of Interpersonal Violence, and Policing & Society. Professor Warner currently teaches courses related to crime, deviance, and corrections.

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Tomomi Yamaguchi, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Tomomi Yamaguchi is a cultural anthropologist (Ph.D. University of Michigan). Her research interests are the cultural construction of gender and sexuality; feminism and social movements; and popular culture in post-war Japan. She is working on a book based on her dissertation, about a Japanese feminist group and its attempt to represent the history of Japanese feminism from the 1970s to 1990s. She is also working on a more recent project on the ongoing backlash against feminism in contemporary Japan. She teaches general anthropology classes as well as courses with a specific focus on Japan Studies.

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Cara Sabo, Academic Advisor

Cara has both a B.A. in Sociology & an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Montana State University-Bozeman.  Her love of animals combined with her research interests in anti-animal cruelty methods & Law Enforcement practices stems from a background catering in service for others--people & animals!  Her passion for shaping individual interests into meaningful long-term goals makes her a great addition as the Academic Advisor for the Sociology & Anthropology Department. 

Leslie Crismond, Administrative Assistant

Leslie has a B. A. in Anthropology and English from the University of Delaware. She spent 16 years working for two different publishing companies in Washington, DC before coming to Montana. After an ill-fated stint as a retail business owner, she moved on to Patagonia Mail Order. She became the Sociology & Anthropology department administrative person after Patagonia left Bozeman in 1996.





Danielle Hidalgo (PhD UC-Santa Barbara)

Courses: Sociology of Gender, Social Difference

Office Phone: 9944229

Cristina Pop (PhD Tulane)

Courses: Anthropology & Human Experience, Culture, Language, & Society






Maggie Thorsen (PhD Penn State)

Courses: Introduction to Sociology

Office Phone: 994-5248

Curriculum Vitae

Sara Rasch (M.A. University of Montana)

Courses: Research Methods, Criminology, Criminal Justice System, Crime Prevention

Office Phone: 994-5251

Kaylin Greene, Research Scientist

Kaylin Greene received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies and Demography from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research examines the predictors and consequences of everyday activities and risky health behaviors during adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Kaylin’s work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Youth and AdolescenceAddictive Behaviors, and Addiction.

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Craig Lee (PhD Colorado-Boulder)

Nancy Mahoney (M.A. George Washington)

Paul Luwe (J.D. University of Montana)


  Departmental Documents for Faculty