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Johanna E. Foster, PhD

Assistant Professor

Director, Sociology Program and Gender Studies Program

PhD, Rutgers University

Office: Bey Hall, Room 247

Phone: 732-571-5440


Fall 2015 Office Hours:

Regular Office Hours

Tuesday: 1 - 2 p.m.

Friday: 1 - 2 p.m.

Fall 2015 Courses:

SO 245: Classical Theory

SO 401: Seminar in Sociology

Regularly Taught Courses:

SO 101: Introduction to Sociology

SO/PS 107: Intro to Social Justice

SO/GS 225: Introduction to Gender Studies

SO 372: Social Stratification

SO 397: Sociology of Aging


Dr. Foster holds a PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Gender Studies (2000), and an MA in Applied Sociology/Social Policy (1994) from The American University, where she also earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Women's Studies (1992). She has taught sociology and gender studies for almost 20 years at a range of academic institutions, from private universities to urban community colleges, and with many of those years on the faculty at Monmouth University. She most enjoys sharing her love of sociology with students, and regularly teaches such courses as Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Gender Studies, Race and Ethnicity, and Social Stratification. For many years, she combined her teaching and research efforts in social inequalities with work to restore higher education to prison communities, co-founding The College Bound Consortium for incarcerated women in New Jersey, and the college connections program for incarcerated women in New York.

Research Interests:

Intersections of race, class and gender inequalities, feminist theories of gender, multiracial identities and inequalities, critical analysis of mass incarceration with an emphasis on women and prisons.

Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

(2010). "Conversations in Black and White: The Limitations of Binary Thinking About Race in America." in Julius Adekunle and Hettie Williams, Eds., Color Struck: Essays on Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective, University Press of America.

(2006). "Defining Racism to Achieve goals: The Multiracial and Black Reparations Movements" in David Brusma, Ed. Mixed Messages: Multiracialism in the "Colorblind Era," Lynn Rienner Press.

(2006) (with Rebecca Sanford) "Does Gender Shape Women's Access to College Programs in the U.S. State Prisons? in Equal Opportunities International, Special Issue on Democratizing Access to Education for Marginalization Populations. Vol 25, pp. 577-598.

(1999). "Invitation to Dialogue: Clarifying the Position on Feminist Gender Theory in Relation to Sexual Difference Theory, in Gender and Society, Vol. 13, Number 4, pp. 431-456.