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Sociology & Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology Faculty

Daniel Chaffee - Visiting Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D., Flinders University
  • M.A., University of Kent
  • B.A., Wesleyan University


Hillary K. Crane - Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Education: M.A., Ph.D. Brown University (Anthropology); B.A. Seattle University (History)

Hillary Crane joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. Her courses examine sociolinguistics and linguistic theory, medical anthropology, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, love, East and Southeast Asians.

Professor Crane's research explores areas where religious and medical discourses intersect or conflict, primarily on the subject of gender construction; the relationship between self-inflicted pain and communication in various religious contexts; the masculine self-identity of Taiwanese Buddhist nuns; and the complexities of living with celiac disease - particularly for Catholics who cannot consume communion wafers. She recently co-edited a collection on the subject of conversion pressures on anthropologists who research religious communities:  Missionary Impositions: Conversion, Resistance, and other Challenges to Objectivity in Religious Ethnography, with Deana L. Weibel. Some of her publications are available at Linfield's Digital Commons.


Robert Owen Gardner - Associate Professor of Sociology; Program in Environmental Studies (Chair)

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Education: B.A. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1997; Ph.D. University of Colorado- Boulder 2004.

Rob Gardner joined the faculty of Linfield College in 2004. His dissertation research examined the growth of temporary or “portable” communities cultivated within the vibrant bluegrass music festival scene in the Rocky Mountain West. In his other graduate research, he examined competing discourses framing social conflicts related urban growth along Colorado’s Front Range. Since arriving at Linfield, Rob has continued his research on music communities, scenes, and subcultures but has also branched into the study of disaster volunteerism and community resilience. His current research examines the emergent organizational dynamics and political motives driving grassroots volunteer relief activity in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast.

Driven by a pedagogy rooted in service-learning and civic engagement, Rob's teaching interests include community sustainability, environmental sociology, community, social theory, and music subcultures. He has developed month-long travel courses to post-Katrina New Orleans to study disaster induced community change and to Mumbai and Varanasi, India to examine the role of NGOs in addressing persistent poverty. He has also led several groups of students serving the local community through studies of rural homelessness.


Thomas F. Love - Professor of Anthropology; Member Environmental Studies Faculty; Coordinator of Latin American Studies

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Education: BA Columbia University; MA, MS, Ph.D. University of California, Davis

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Thomas Love joined the Linfield faculty in 1983; he teaches anthropology, environmental studies and Latin American studies courses, including human ecology, South America, global political economy, and socio-cultural change and collapse.  

Working in the central Andes and the Pacific Northwest, he has written on energy, human ecology and rural livelihood issues in Anthropology Today, American Ethnologist, Ambio, and the J of Sustainable Forestry. He co-edited Cultures of Energy:  Power, Practices, Technologies (Left Coast Press, 2013), a reader in energy anthropology, with S. Strauss and S. Rupp, State, Capital and Rural Society: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Economy in Mexico and the Andes (Westview Press, 1989) with B. Orlove and M. Foley, and is completing both a monograph The “Independent Republic of Arequipa”: The making of regional culture in the central Andes (U Texas Press), and Energy and Economy, an edited number of the J of Economic Anthropology (with Cindy Isenhour).

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Amy J. Orr - George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology; Co-Coordinator, Gender Studies (on sabbatical spring, 2017)

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Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Notre Dame; M.A., Sociology, University of Notre Dame; B.S., Sociology-Anthropology;Psychology, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Amy Orr joined the Linfield faculty in 2001. She teaches a wide range of courses for the department, including Fundamentals of Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Education, Gender and Society, Social Policy, Families in Comparative Perspective, and Social Research Methods. She recently co-taught a travel course to Scandinavia during which students examined the education systems in Sweden and Norway, and is planning a future Jan-term course to Ghana. She served as the senior thesis coordinator from 2003 to 2015.

Professor Orr’s primary research focus is educational inequality, with a specific emphasis on racial/ethnic and gender differences in academic achievement. Her work has been published in journals such as Sociology of Education and Sex Roles. While she focuses primarily on educational inequality in the United States, she has also examined issues surrounding immigration and education in Scandinavia. In addition, Orr has published several manuscripts that address issues in undergraduate research, including two that have focused specifically on engaging students in undergraduate research while studying abroad. Orr’s collaborative research projects with students have examined gender issues in both education and politics.

Orr is actively engaged in a number of professional organizations, including the Pacific Sociological Association, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and AAUP-Oregon. She has also served on the editorial board of Sociology of Education (a journal of the American Sociological Association).


Jeff Peterson - Director of LCN/Associate Professor

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Education: BS Washington State University; MA, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Jeff Peterson joined the Linfield faculty in 1994. He teaches a broad range of courses based on his research interests, including Urban Society and Culture, Latinas/Latinos in the U.S., Mexico, Central America & The Caribbean, and a senior-level capstone course, Social Movements, Citizenship and Dissent. He also teaches courses more broadly supportive of the major, including Social Theory, Social Research Methods, and Sociology of Deviance. He also has taught a Utopias and Dystopias course, which takes on various forms, including a focus on science fiction, and most recently, Impact of the Zombie Apocalypse on the Pacific Northwest. He regularly takes students abroad through January Term courses and semester programs, including 8 trips with students to Nicaragua, Honduras, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Professor Peterson also has a broad range of research and professional interests. His initial research focused on urban social movements in Mexico, where he did two years of field research. Subsequently, he has worked on projects involving Latinos in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, on indigenous groups in Costa Rica, and a three-year study for Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala, looking at the impact of a Habitat house on the health and economic well-being of families. He is also Director of the Linfield Center for the Northwest, a center that focuses on connecting students to the Pacific Northwest through research, service learning and internship opportunities that focus primarily on the areas of local enterprise, local communities and environmental issues. He initiated the Oregon Wine History Project™, and has worked on various interdisciplinary projects that focus on the sociology and history of the Oregon wine industry. More about the Linfield Center for the Northwest may be found at the LCN website.


Scott Vandehey - Visiting Assistant Professor (OCE)

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Education: B.S. Computer Science, Anthropology Linfield College; M.A. University of Chicago; Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Anthropology

Scott Vandehey earned his PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. His research focuses on suburban citizenship and politics in the United States and he has conducted extensive fieldwork in suburban communities surrounding San Diego, CA and Portland, OR. He has recently tuned his attention to suburban sustainability issues and is currently investigating how sustainability, citizenship and politics come together at the local level. He teaches at Willamette University and Linfield College and resides outside of Portland, Oregon.

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