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Dr. Erin L. Rider


  • Texas Woman's University, Ph.D. in Sociology
  • Texas Woman's University, M.A. in Women's Studies
  • Eastern Oregon University, B.A. in English, Minor in Gender Studies


  • Assistant Professor of Sociology

Tenure at JSU

  • Since August, 2010

A product of Seattle, WA, Dr. Rider teaches in a somewhat Socratic style - she throws out ideas, students respond, and then an interesting dialogue begins. Throughout the process everyone learns.

Classes Taught

 • SY 221 Introduction to Sociology
 • SY 223 Social Problems
 • SY 315 Deviant Behavior
 • SY 368 Theories of Gender

Dr. Rider has published on mass rapes occurring during war, and has researched asylum seekers. She also has conducted research on the BP oil disaster and its impact on families and communities in the fishing industries. 

Dr. Rider has presented on the hurricanes in Haiti vs Hurricane Katrina to effectively demonstrate that natural disasters do not impact everyone equally. 

Dr. Rider is faculty sponsor for the Sociology Club; her office is located in Brewer Hall 327.

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