Department of Anthropology and Sociology

College of the Sciences and Mathematics

102 Old Library Building
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2556
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Dr. Johnston, Chairperson

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology offers, on a limited basis, graduate courses in anthropology and sociology to graduate students from other areas as well as to advanced undergraduate majors and nonmajors.

All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

All students in graduate programs are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs(s) may be listed below.


Susan L. Johnston (2001)

Chairperson, Anthropology and Sociology

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.S., Hahnemann University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Douglas McConatha (1988)

B.S., University of Alabama; M.A., University of Atlanta; Ph.D., University of Utah; M.P.H., Yale University

Paul Stoller (1980)

B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Heather Wholey (2005)

B.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.A., Ph.D., Catholic University of America

Associate Professors

Valerian Desousa (2008)

B.A., Bombay University; M.A., Xavier Labour Relations Institute (India); Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

John Leveille (2006)

B.A., University of Rhode Island; M.A., Ed.M., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Lisa C. Ruchti (2007)

Chairperson, Women's and Gender Studies

B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Jacqueline Zalewski (2007)

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Parkside; M.A., Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago

Assistant Professors

León Arredondo (2011)

B.A., Montclair State University; M.Phil., Ph.D., City University of New York

Miguel Ceballos (2012)

Director, Ethnic Studies Program

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rebecca L. Chancellor (2013)

B.A., University of Nevada; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Michael A. Di Giovine (2013)

B.S., Georgetown University; A.M., Ph.D., The University of Chicago

Aliza D. Richman (2014)

B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., M.P.H., Northwestern University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Julie B. Wiest (2013)

B.S., University of Tennessee; M.A., University of Georgia; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

How to Read Course Descriptions


ANT 999. Transfer Credits (Graduate). 3-9 Credits.

Transfer credits.


SOC 590. Independent Studies in Sociology. 1-3 Credits.

Individual research projects, reports, and/or readings.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Repeatable for Credit.