Anthropology and Sociology Faculty
Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Monica Edwards
Dr. Monica Edwards is a Professor of Sociology at Harper College. She received her M.S. in Sociology from Illinois State University and her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Edwards has been at Harper College since 2010, and has been teaching Sociology since 2000.
Dr. Monica’s areas of sociological interest include: critical and compassionate pedagogies, food systems, the sociology of the climate crisis, gender, sexuality, intersectionality theory, and social inequalities. Monica's dissertation focused on how popular culture is used as a tool/resource in negotiating relationships across sexual differences. Her current work focuses on social justice pedagogies.
In her free time, Dr. Monica enjoys camping, hiking, biking, travelling, reading and listening to and playing music.
- Edwards, M., & Grippe, A. (2019). Assimilation in Suburbia? Geographical and Cultural Barriers to Working With LGBTQ+ Students in Suburban Community Colleges. New Directions for Community Colleges, 2019(188), 29-41.
- Edwards, Monica. "Left Behind By the Alter: Why Queers and Sociologists Need Materialist Feminism." Socialist Studies 11.1 (2016).
- Edwards, Monica. "Transconversations: New media, community, and identity." LGBT identity and online new media (159-172). New York: Routledge (2010).
At Harper College Dr. Edwards regularly teaches:
- Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101) -- in person and online sections offered. This class is taught through the lens of food systems, environmental racism and environmental sustainability. We will focus on exploring the reciprocal relationships between social structure, culture, and human agency.
- Family in Contemporary Society (SOC 120 -- in person and online classes offered. This class is taught through the lens of intersectionality (race/class/gender) and the household division of labor within historical context.
- Sociology of Sex & Gender (SOC 230) -- in person and online sections offered. This class is taught through the lens of gender and the body and policing. We explore multiple theoretical perspectives: materialist feminism, social construction theories, and “doing gender” (symbolic interactionism).
Dr. James Gramlich
Dr James Gramlich is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. He earned his BA from Oklahoma State University and his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Gramlich began teaching in 1998 and has been a faculty member at Harper since 2008.
Dr Gramlich has broad, interdisciplinary interests, but his sociological areas of focus include social psychology and symbolic interaction, international and comparative sociology, race and ethnicity, and the role of place and space in social organization. His PhD thesis focused on adaptation and self-presentation among people experiencing homelessness in Chicago and London.
He is currently completing an Open Educational Resource—a zero-cost online textbook—for use in teaching sociological social psychology and symbolic interaction.
- SOC101: Introduction to Sociology (On-Campus/Blended/Online LIVE): The focus of this course is the development of a sociological imagination, critical reasoning skills, and an appreciation of empiricism. Students learn how these skills enable them to take a skeptical stance toward features of the social world normally taken for granted. Particular attention is paid to exploring the role of stratification and inequality in shaping social organization.
- SOC205: Social Problems (On-Campus/Blended/Online LIVE/Study Abroad): This class is organized around assessing the origins and nature of problematic features of society. Emphasizing how social problems emerge and how they are constructed allows students to identify and appreciate the role of history, place, culture, and material conditions. The study abroad version of the course is capped with two weeks of fieldwork and immersion in London as part of a comparative analysis of social problems.
- SOC215: Social Psychology (On-Campus/Blended/Online LIVE): This course explores the influence society has on the individual and how interaction impacts social organization. This relationship is explored through the lens of homelessness and the constraints on interaction created by social conditions as well as by the design and use of public space.
- SOC235: Race and Ethnicity (On-Campus/Blended/Online LIVE): The focus of this class is on intergroup relations in the US and other multi-ethnic and multi-racial societies. The history, social construction, and consequences of racial and ethnic categories are explored and contextualized. A broad set of theories explaining prejudice and discrimination are considered and critiqued.
Dr. Tiffany Jones
Dr. Tiffany Marquise Jones obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina. However, before that, she received her first Masters in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State University, where her thesis explored the in-group rejection of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). This research motivated her to pursue a second Master's in Linguistics at UofSC and, ultimately, a doctorate in Linguistic Anthropology.
While at UofSC, Dr. Jones received several grants and fellowships that sponsored her research, an ethnographic project based on 16 months of immersion in Washington D.C.’s Spoken Word poetry community. These awards include UofSC's Institute of African American Research fellowship (2017-2018), UofSC's Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship (2019-2020), and the American Anthropological Association's (AAA) Minority Dissertation Award (2019-2020). Her dissertation entitled Place-Making Through Performance: Spoken Word Poetry and the Reclamation of “Chocolate City" documents the interactive model of Spoken Word poetry while showcasing how D.C. poets’ performances embody and preserve “Chocolate City” as well as affirm a sense of belonging that has been threatened by gentrification.
Currently, Dr. Jones is working towards completing an ethnographic film short that will examine the oral histories and performances by artists that host and perform at well-known D.C. venue Busboys and Poets as well as the District's longest-running open mic series SpitDat D.C. This venture will also highlight the result of redevelopment projects around the U Street Corridor, formerly known as Black Broadway, including Native Washtonian's grief and loss suffered as a result. Dr. Jones' long-term pursuits in social justice teaching and advocacy research work to produce inclusive pedagogies and public scholarship as well as curate a virtual archive that showcases the richness of AAL verbal art traditions for diverse audiences. She also hopes to coordinate field schools focused on ethnography and community-based participatory research as well as travel abroad opportunities for students of all backgrounds.
Sean Noonan holds a B.A. in sociology from Culver-Stockton College (1994), an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) in sociology from Kansas State University. He joined the Harper College Sociology faculty in August 2002.
Over the years Professor Noonan has taught all of the sociology classes that Harper College has in its catalogue. More recently, teaches Introduction to Sociology (Soc101), Social Problems (Soc205), and Race and Ethnic Relations (Soc235).
Professor Noonan has served as a faculty senator and was Vice-President of the Harper College Faculty Senate for six years. He currently serves as Legislative Chair of Cook County College Teachers Union (AFT 1600) where he works on policy issues such as dual credit, and other educational policy issues.
Professor Noonan’s own research focuses on placed-based political-economy. He examines the multiple intersections between capital accumulation, state policy and changing class relations. His current research examines the contradictions of capital accumulation unfolding in the City of Chicago.
In his free time Professor Noonan enjoys going bird watching with his wife, riding his bike, and hanging out on the porch with friends.
Professor Noonan has published the following peer reviewed scholarly works:
- Stephanie Farmer and Sean Noonan. (2019) “Chicago Unions Building a Left-Labor-Community Coalition, United Working Families.” Labor Studies Journal. 44 (4): 388 –395.
- Farmer, Stephanie and Sean Noonan. (2014) “The Contradictions of Capital and Mass Transit – The Case of Chicago, USA.” Science and Society. 78(1).
- Farmer, Stephanie and Sean Noonan. (2013) “Neoliberal Public Transportation Effects on Residential Neighborhoods.” in Edward Murphy and Najib Hourani (eds.) Infrastructures of Home and City. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
- Farmer, Stephanie and Sean Noonan. (2011) “Post-Neoliberalism or Deepened Neoliberalism? An Examination of Chicago Public Transportation Service and Elite Response during the Great Stagnation" Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. 10(1):73-84.
- Goe, Richard and Sean Noonan (2006) The Sociology of Community in the edited reference collection titled21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook. Edited by Clifton Bryant and Dennis Peck. Russell Sage Foundation for the American Sociological Association. Thousand Oaks California.
- Goe, Richard and Sean Noonan (2003). From Extraction to Amenities; Restructuring and (In)conspicuous Consumption in Missoula Montana in the edited collection titled Communities of Work: Rural Restructuring in Local and Global Contexts published by University of Ohio Press.
Professor Noonan has also published the following NON peer reviewed research briefs:
- Sean Noonan. 2019. “Policy Brief: City Pension Systems.” United Working Families.
- Sean Noonan, Stephanie Farmer and Fran Huckaby. 2014. “A Sea of Red: Chicago Teachers Union members reflect on how the social organizing model of unionism helped win the union’s 2012 contract campaign.” Chicago Teachers Union research report.