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Dr. Marcus Kondkar appears on NPR’s “Your Call,” to discuss the Visiting Room Project, an initiative he founded that invites people to sit face-to-face with men serving life without the possibility of parole.

Dr. Cody R. Melcher, assistant professor of sociology,  has recently published an article in American Politics Research (APR) entitled: "Economic Insecurity and the Racial Attitudes of White Americans."

Malaika Saleem is a junior originally from Seattle, Washington. She is majoring in Sociology and double minoring in African and African American Studies and History. Malaika received the  Frugé Fellowship this fall for her demonstrated commitment to service within the New Orleans community and commitment to social justice advocacy. As a  Frugé Fellow, Malaika joins the Loyola Social Justice Scholars Program and will continue her service and activism work.

Congratulations to the following students for completing their capstone. Below you will find the students who finished their A480/A481 course in Fall 2022 divided by their capstone advisors. Also included is a short description of each student's research.


Dr. McGlynn-Wright:


Natalie Butler, “The Age of Burnout: How New Orleans Charter School System is Failing Teachers”

Dr. Marcus Kondkar and Calvin Duncan’s “Visiting Room Project” was recently featured in The Guardian and Louisiana Considered.

Daisi Rivera, ENVS ’23 + SOCI ‘23, is a double major studying the
mainstream news media in relation with social media of environmental
issues. She is currently serving as Theta Phi Alpha president, working two
jobs, and just began her research studying the MIGS Community Garden on
the Loyola campus. She has spent the past two years volunteering with
Greenlight Nola by painting rain barrels for members of the community. She
is passionate about reducing her water impact in the New Orleans area. In

Zarya Curran recently studied abroad at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Quito, Ecuador) in Spring 2022. During their trip, they were also featured in a CIE spotlight video. Spot them at 0:35, 2:08, and 6:17!

Check out the video here!



Dr. Cody Melcher and Dr. Annie McGlynn-Wright have joined the Sociology Department. Dr. Melcher joined the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans in 2022 after receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York. His research broadly examines the intersection of class and race, specifically the effect of economic well-being on public opinion and political behavior.

Dr. Lydia Voigt, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, has recently published an article in the Journal of National Collegiate Honors Council (JNCHC) entitled: “Linking Academic Excellence and Social Justice through Community Based Participatory Research” (2018, Vol. 19, No. 1: 68-83).


Formal citation:   Voigt, Lydia. 2018. Linking academic excellence and social justice through community based participatory research. Journal of National Collegiate Honors Council  (JNCHC). Vol.19, No.1, Spring/Summer, 68-83



Dr. Angel Parham, Associate Professor of Sociology, was awarded two American Sociological Association awards for her book entitled "American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race".

* Co-Winner, Barrington Moore Book Award. Comparative-Historical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association, 2018


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