was born in
Lynn, Massachusetts of working class parents. My father escaped
Lithuania in 1939, just before World War II. His entire family was
killed there by German Einsatzgruppen who followed the Nazi troops.
I was the first born child after that family trauma. It is for this
reason that I have dedicated my life to remembering and speaking
for the disenfranchised and marginalized members of society.
was the class actress when I graduated high school in 1962. I then
attended Northeastern University in Boston, where I majored in Sociology
with a minor in Psychology.
then went to Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University
where I received an MSW in 1969. In 1975 I obtained a Masters in
Public Health from University of California at Berkeley and a PhD
from Cornell University in 1985.
love to write books, and I have also written articles on globalization,
radical women's history, treatment of child abuse perpetrators,
domestic violence perpetrators and spirituality. For more information
about this, see my expertise page.
1977-2001 I taught Sociology at Ithaca College, where I also coordinated
the Social Work Minor. Now I am the Dean of Social Science at
Sonoma State University and a professor of Sociology.
Mathabane and me at IC, November 2000. Photo: Eskil Sivertsen
partial list of my courses include Introduction to Sociology, Social
Change, Family Violence, American Jewish Life, Sociological Theory,
The Holocaust: The Sociology of Genocide, Treatment and Prevention of
Family Violence and Social Policy.
love to teach and I truly enjoy engaging in growthful dialogues with
young people.I know that Sociology is a "terrible and magnificent
lesson" and I want students to be challenged by those lessons.
Now as a dean I hope to impact change at the university level but most
of all I want to help students make sense of a changing society and
to help them influence it.