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What is Sociology?

Sociology focuses on the role of social organization in human interactions, societal structure and the dynamics of social life using both applied and conceptual methods. Ethnic Studies offers a critical and interdisciplinary approach to the study of various ethnic groups within our nation highlighting the history, literature, and perspectives of various ethnic groups. All of our degrees and majors aim to create a more just society by preparing our students to engage as adept critical thinkers and global citizens.

Learn more at: This is Sociology 

The site includes information about the discipline, the skills and careers sociologists can have, videos on professional development, and how to become a sociologist. The site is a part of the American Sociological Association


Sociology at LAVC

At LAVC, a wide variety of courses are offered in Sociology for both general education credit and for satisfying lower division transfer requirements. Most courses are UC and CSU transferable and an AA degree in Sociology may be earned. For more information, see the College Catalog.

Keidra Morris
(818) 947-2486
Office Location
BSC 111D 

Office Hours

Email for availability

Sociology & Ethnic Studies

Social and Behavioral Sciences



The Sociology Department at Los Angeles Valley College aims to provide a variety of courses, giving students a holistic approach to the field. Students investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts.

Associate of Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Sociology is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Sociology. The AA-T also satisfies the UC Transfer Pathway.

Sociology AA-T

Sociology Club

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The LAVC Sociology Club is a non-chartered, student driven collective endorsed by the Sociology Department of Los Angeles Valley College. Currently, the faculty advisor is Laura Scott. The goal of Sociology Club is to foster a space for students to discuss current events, create community, and engage with the world through various campus events. 



Sociology Faculty

Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, Ph.D.

Phone: 818-947-2812 
Office: BSC 111A

AnneMarie Hassan, Ph.D.

Email: @email
Phone: 818-947-2814
Office: BSC 111B

Sally Raskoff, Ph.D. 

Email: @email
Phone: 818-947-7256
Office: LARC 200

Laura Scott, M.A.

Email: @email
Phone: 818-947-2330
Office: BSC 111B

Darby Southgate, Ph.D.

Phone: 818-947-2527
Office: FL 119A


Adjunct Sociology Faculty

Click below for a list of adjunct faculty. For a complete list of LAVC faculty search the LAVC Directory.

Name Contact
Michelle Fowles, M.A. @email
Emal Gerami, M.A. @email
Erika Holiday, M.A. @email
Leslie Labertew, M.A. @email
Steven Sherwood, Ph.D. @email
Alyssa Stenberg, M.A. @email
Tremaine Truitt, M.A. @email
Jesse Valadez, M.A. @email

Faculty Profiles

Click below to learn about the Sociology faculty.

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  • PhD, MA in Sociology, UC-Riverside
  • Teaches Introduction to Sociology, American Social Problems, Sociological Analysis, Race and Ethnic Relations, Human Sexuality, Sociology of Gender, Popular Culture 
  • Interested in race, class, and gender inequality; social movements and social change; volunteerism and civic engagement; media and popular culture; political sociology
  • Role in department: Program Effectiveness and Planning Committee (PEPC) Chair
  • Fun Fact - When I was in high school, my grandfather was a track and field coach at LAVC and he taught me how to drive in the parking lot on campus.




  • PhD, MA in Sociology, The Graduate Center-City University of New York
    • Certification in Geographic Information Systems, Penn State University
  • Teaches Introduction to Sociology, American Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Relations, Human Sexuality, The Labor Movement
  • Interested in class dynamics, race, masculinity, sexuality, labor movements, privacy rights
  • Role in department: Club Co-Advisor
  • Fun Fact - ​​​​​​Fun is overrated. 

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  • PhD in Sociology, University of Southern California
    • MA Sociology, BA Sociology & Social Work, CSUN
  • Teaches Statistics, Sociology of Gender
  • Interested in Gender, Race, Class, Intersectionality
  • Role in department: Teaching & Learning Workgroup 
  • Fun Fact - First generation college student & USAF veteran


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  • MA in Sociology, CSUN
  • Teaches Marriage & Family Life, Crime & Delinquency, Intro to Sociology
  • Interested in family, gender, stratification, delinquency
  • Role in department: Club Co-Advisor; SimSoc Chair
  • Fun Fact - I am a graduate of Los Angeles Valley College!


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  • PhD in Sociology, The Ohio State University
  • Teaches Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Sociological Analysis
  • Interested in Stratification/Inequality, Education, and Culture
  • Role in department: Academic Senate, SBSCAP Completion Team
  • Fun Fact:  I have been a self-taught musician since about 10 years old. My favorite instruments are guitars and analog synthesizers.

Faculty Profiles

Click below to learn about the Sociology adjunct faculty.

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  • MA in Sociology, Cal State Fullerton
  • Teaches Introduction to Sociology; Marriage and Family Life; Race and Ethnic Relations; Human Sexuality; Crime and Delinquency; Directed Practice in Social Welfare; Introduction to Social Services; American Social Problems 
  • Interested in Gender/Sexualities; Race and Ethnic Relations; Qualitative Research Epistemologies; Food Studies; Social Welfare ​​​​​​
  • Fun Fact - ​​​​​​When I am not teaching you can find me in the kitchen making everything from my own salsa all the way to chocolate chip cookies! 


  • MA in Sociology, Princeton
  • Teaches Introduction to Sociology; Marriage and Family Life; Race and Ethnic Relations; Crime and Delinquency
  • Interested in Race, Culture, Stratification, Educational Systems, and Qualitative Research
  • Fun Fact - ​​​​​​First-Generation college student. My first Sociology class was at LAVC as a high schooler. I love puzzles!



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  • MA in Sociology, CSUN
  • Teaches Intro to Soc, Marriage and Fam, Human Sexuality, Social Problems




  • Psy.D., QME in Clinical & Forensic Psychology, Philips Graduate Institute 
    • MA, Pepperdine University
  • Teaches Introduction to Counseling; Marriage and Family Life; Introduction to Sociology 
  • Areas of interest: Sociology/Psychology 
  • Fun fact: I have been vegan my entire life. 





  • MA in Sociology, Cal State Fullerton

  • Teaches Race & Ethnicity, Intro to Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, Criminology, Human Sexuality

  • Interested in Race, Ethnicity, Social Stratification, Criminology

  • Fun fact: I love seeing my students defy the odds. 




Brandon Hildreth
Academic Dean (Adult Education, Workforce Development, and Dual Enrollment)