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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

Dr. Carol Ann MacGregor published two articles in April 2018.


Sociology Alum Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht '07 will be joining the University of California, Berkeley, as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Lead Office (student leadership). For the past several years, Anthony has been at Loyola Marymount University serving as the Director of Leadership Programs and LGBT Student Services. He is also working on his Ph.D. at Chapman University.

Lydia Voigt, William E. Thornton, Leo G. Barrile and Dee Wood Harper. (2017). Why Violence? Leading Questions Regarding the Conceptualization and Reality of Violence in Society. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

For more information click the link below.

More graduates going global! Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce that recent graduate Mathew Holloway ’16 is the second student selected as one of the 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipients. Holloway will teach English in Panama while pursuing a supplementary research project of his own.

Laurie M. Joyner ’86 (sociology), president of Wittenburg University in Ohio, has been chosen as president of St. Xavier University in Illinois. She previously served in multiple vice presidential and decanal roles at Rollins College in Florida and was on the faculty at Loyola. In addition to her Loyola undergraduate degree, she holds master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Tulane University. She is a two-time recipient of POWER 50 (in 2014 and 2015), which honors the most influential female executives in the Dayton, Ohio, area.


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