ACADEMICS

Alex Briesacher

Associate Professor

My research hovers around the intersection of sociological social psychology and psychological social psychology with specific applications primarily focused on racialized experiences in different educational setting. Working within a department with a focus on public sociology and social justice has provided opportunities to fuse more traditional scholarship approaches with the application of my research to both the University community and Worcester at large.

Education

2006-2014
Kent State University
Sociology
AA
2002-2006
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Sociology
AA
1998-2002
Illinois State University
Mathematics
AA
Skills Race and Ethnicity Social Psychology Quantitative Sociology

Courses

SO100

Introduction to Sociology


The nature of group behavior and social interaction viewed through analysis of structure, norms, and values.
3 credits
SO201

Prejudice, Privilege, and Power


This course is an introduction to the social psychological foundations of identity and its relation to prejudice, privilege, and power in micro-interactions and social structures. Students will engage with social psychological understandings of categorizations and their implications at the individual and structural levels.
3 credits
SO275

Social and Behavioral Statistics


Data tabulation; graphing; measurement of central tendency, variability, and correlation; hypothesis testing applied to psychological and sociological data. Hand and computer analysis.
SO320

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity


This course focuses on historical and contemporary discussions of Race and Ethnicity within Sociology. The course will familiarize students with central threads in the study of race and ethnicity and work to identify gaps, particularly as they are relevant for the academic and social sphere of today.
3 credits
SO340

Social Psycholgy


Dynamics of small group involvement and other environmental influences on the shaping of an individual's personality.
3 credits
SO350

Wealth, Poverty, and Power


Sociological examination of economic stratification; focuses on the translation of class into power via politics, education and collective struggle.
3 credits