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Kathleen E. Odell Korgen William Paterson University, USA

Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. In addition to her research on racial identity and race relations, she has written extensively in support of the public sociology movement. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how “Sociologists in Action” make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include Race Policy and Multiracial Americans; Multiracial Identity and Social Class (2010); Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships between Black and White Americans (2002); and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity among Americans (1998, 1999). Her works on public sociology include The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Jonathan White, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014) and Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (2011, 2014) and Sociologist in Action: Inequalities (with Jonathan White and Shelley White, Forthcoming).


Kathleen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group and received William Paterson University’s award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression in 2006 and the university's award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.