Sociology / Anthropology


Dr. Childers Chair, Cheryl D. Childers, Ph.D. Texas Woman's University (1996), is Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research focuses on race/class/gender issues in education, work, health, and disasters, popular culture, and race relations. She teaches courses on social inequality, race/ethnic group relations, research methods, sociology of disasters, organization, social movements, and aging.

Office: HC 218A
Phone: (785) 670-2103

Dr. Blank

Sharla Blank, Ph.D. University of California at San Diego (2005), is Associate Professor of Anthropology. Her research areas include female heads of household and parenting in the Caribbean, gender relations, gossip, and social support networks. She teaches on cultural anthropology, Caribbean studies, gender, qualitative methods, psychological anthropology, childhood, and sexuality.

Office: HC 218C
Phone: (785) 670-2104 

Chris Conner, Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2015), is Assistant Professor of Sociology. His research focuses on deviance, subcultures, popular culture, GLBT studies, and social theory. His teaching includes criminology, penology, deviance, and juvenile delinquency. 

Office: HC 218H
Phone: (785) 670-1610 

Dr. KP

Karen Kapusta-Pofahl, Ph .D.  University of Minnesota, is Lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research areas include gender, postsocialism, Czech Republic, Europe, knowledge production, European Union, and feminism. She teaches courses on cultural anthropology, introduction to sociology, and history and theory in anthropology.

Office: HC 214A
Phone: (785) 670-1781

Dr. Alexandra Klales

Alexandra Klales, Ph.D. University of Manitoba (2014), is Assistant Professor of Forensic Anthropology.  Her research includes improving biological profile methods, fatal fire recoveries, 3D imaging, statistical methods in forensic anthropology, and mummy studies.  She teaches courses on forensic science, forensic anthropology, and osteology.

Office: HC 2218H
Phone: (785) 670-1611


Dr. Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy, Ph.D. University of Kansas (2015), is Assistant Professor of Anthropology.  Her research focuses on Great Plains archaeology and geoarchaeology, hunter-gather subsistence strategies, and stable isotope and phytolith analyses from archaeological sites.  Her teaching includes introduction to archaeology, field and laboratory methods in archaeology, North American archaeology, and the archaeological field school.

Office: HC 214B
Phone: (785) 670-2105

Dr. Park

Sangyoub Park, Ph.D. University of South Carolina at Columbia (2006), is Associate Professor of Sociology. His research focuses on social capital/social networks, demographic trends, generations, social tolerance, East Asia, and quantitative research methods. His teaching includes social demography, the family, social class, sociology of East Asia, sociology through film, research methods, and social statistics.  

Office: HC 218D
Phone: (785) 670-1612 

Dr. Sundal

Mary Sundal, Ph.D. University of Kansas (2009), is Associate Professor of Anthropology. She conducts research in the areas of medical anthropology, African studies, maternal caretaking strategies, child health, and migration. She teaches on cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, peoples & cultures of Africa, culture, health & illness, religion, forensic anthropology, and magic & witchcraft.

Office: HC 218G
Phone:(785) 670-1613