Dr. Nancy Mezey is the Dean of the Honors School. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College and Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University. Her areas of specialization are family sociology, race-class-gender studies, gender studies, the sociology of sexualities, and African studies. Dr. Mezey is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer; she served in Mali, West Africa, from 1988–1990.
Dr. Mezey's research focuses on the formation and experiences of diverse family forms. Her publications include scholarly articles and book chapters focusing on lesbian and gay families, intimate partner violence, and methodological concerns. In 2008, Dr. Mezey published her book, New Choices, New Families: How Lesbians Decide about Motherhood, with the Johns Hopkins University Press. In 2014, Dr. Mezey will see her second book, LGBT Families, published with Pine Forge Press.
Collaborations that I've been involved with
In writing my new book, LGBT Families, I asked a former student, Morganne Firmstone—who completed her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies and M.A. in Public Policy—to write the "Global Boxes" in the book. I have also collaborated with undergraduate student Michele Parisi on research regarding eminent domain that we presented at the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS). I also encourage students to present their own work at the annual ESS meetings, particularly after students have completed their senior theses.
Why I'm proud of Monmouth
I am proud to be part of Monmouth because Monmouth provides students and faculty the creative space to develop both personally and intellectually. MU is a university that continually looks for ways to improve the learning process and create an engaging and rigorous learning environment through high-quality classroom experiences, research, and a hands-on education.
My favorite Monmouth memory
I have many favorite Monmouth memories. Attending events at the United Nations with students, as well as taking trips to Philadelphia and New York City as part of the Sociology Club's "Stratified Streets: A Visual Tour of Inequalities" stand out as some of my favorite memories. Meeting several renowned speakers and guests, such as Mary Robinson, Brendan Byrne, Christine Todd Whitman, David Sanger, Nicholas Kristof, Asra Nomani, and Charles Bolden, stand out as well. On a personal level, a favorite MU memory was when I received the Distinguished Teacher Award. I am truly humbled to join the ranks of other distinguished professors at Monmouth.