Department of Sociology

Kathleen Odell Korgen

Office:   Raubinger 420
Phone:   (973)720-3563
Office Hours:   Tues & Thurs 10 a. m. - 2 pm., Wed 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and by appointment

Position: Professor

Kathleen Odell Korgen received her Ph.D. from Boston College and her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. Her primary areas of specialization are race relations, racial identity, and public sociology.

Professor Korgen's published works on race relations and racial identity include Multiracial Identity and Social Class (Routledge 2010); Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships between Black and White Americans (Praeger 2002); and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity among Americans (Praeger 1998, 1999). Her works on public sociology include The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Jonathan White, Pine Forge 2007, 2009, 2011) and Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Jonathan White and Shelley White, Sage, 2014). She has authored articles in various edited texts and in such peer-reviewed journals as Sociological ForumSociological InquiryThe American Sociologist, and Teaching Sociology.


Selected Books:

Korgen, K. (ed.) (Forthcoming) Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Bristol, England: Policy Press.

Ballantine, J. Roberts, K. and Korgen, K. (Forthcoming) Our Social World. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Korgen, K., J. White, S. White. (eds.) (2014). Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice. Second edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Korgen, K. and White, J. (2014). The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community, Fourth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Korgen, K.and Furst, G. (2012) Social Problems. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education.

Korgen, K. 2010 (Ed.) Multiracial Americans and Social Class. Abingdon, England: Routledge

Korgen, K. (2002). Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Korgen, K. (1998, 1999). From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity Among Americans . Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Selected Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:

Korgen, K. and White, J. (2010) "Public Sociology in the Classroom." Humanity & Society, 34, 3:252-254.

Korgen, K. (2009) Black/White Biracial Identity: The Influence of Colorblindness and the Racialization of Poor Black Americans. Theory in Action, 2, 1:23-39.

Korgen, K. and White, J. (2009) A “Comment” on “The Forum: Second Thoughts on Presidential Elections,” by Ruane and Cerulo (solicited by the journal editor) forSociological Forum, 24, 1, 197-198.

Korgen, K. and O’Brien E (2007). “I’m Colorblind But What Are You, Anyway?” Electronic Journal of Sociology

O’Brien, E. and Korgen, K. (2007) “ It's the Message, Not the Messenger: The Declining Significance of Black-White Contact in a ‘Colorblind’ Society” Sociological Inquiry 77, 3:356–382.

Odell, P., Korgen, K. and Wang, G. (2005) “Cross-racial Friendships and Social Distance Between Racial Groups on a College Campus.” Innovative Higher Education 29, 4:291-305.

Delucchi, M. and Korgen, K. (2002). "We're the Customer--We Pay the Tuition: Student Consumerism among Undergraduate Sociology Majors. Teaching Sociology. 30, January:100-107.

Odell, P.M., Korgen, K. and del Carmen, A. (2002) "Recent Trends in Faculty Employment in Sociology." The American Sociologist. 32, 4: 98-106.

Stein, P. and Korgen, K. (2001) “Sociological Practice and Diversity Training.” Social Insight. 6, Fall:21-26.

Korgen, K., Odell, P.M. and Schumacher, P. (2001) “Internet Use Among College Students: Are There Differences By Race/Ethnicity?” Electronic Journal of Sociology, 5, 3

Odell, P.M., Korgen, K, Schumacher, P. and DeLucchi, M. (2000). “Internet Use Among Male and Female College Students,” CyberPsychology and Behavior, 3, 5, 855-862.

Korgen, K. and Korgen, J. (2000). "Mixed-Race Americans and Affirmative Action: From the One Drop Rule to the Pigmentation Rule." Southeastern Sociological Review,1, 1-12..

Selected Chapters in Edited Works:

Korgen, K. and Yang, D. (2012) “How the Racial Ideology of Colorblindness Impeded Racial Justice.” American Government, Policy & Law, 3rd Edition. Ed. Michael Luis Principe. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Korgen, K. and Brunsma, D. (2012) “Avoiding Race or Following the Racial Scripts?: Obama and Race in the Recessionary Period of the Colorblind Era.” Obama and the Biracial Factor. Ed. Andrew Jolivete. Bristol, UK: The Policy Press.

Korgen, K. and White, J. (2010) "New Tools for a Humanist Public Sociology Curriculum: A Rejoinder to Dale and Kalob." Pioneers of Public Sociology: 30 Years of Humanity and Society. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloane Publishing

Korgen, K. and O’Brien, E. (2006) "What's Race Got to Do With it? Close Black/White Friendships in a 'Color-Blind' Society." Negotiating the Color Line: Doing Race in the Color-Blind Era and Implications for Racial Justice. Ed. David L. Brunsma (2006) Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publications.

 Korgen, K, Wang, G. and Mahon, J. (2006) “Social Distance and the Tipping Effect” on a Northern New Jersey College Campus.” In The New Quality of Contact: African Americans and Whites on College Campuses Ed. Robert Moore. New York: The University Press of America.

Korgen, K. (2006) “Social Policy on Race in the Colorblind Era.” American Government, Policy & Law, 2nd Edition. Ed. Michael Luis Principe. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Korgen, K (2003). “The Elephant in the Living Room: The Issue of Race in Close Black/White Friendships.” Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Selected Readings. Ed. Joseph Healey & Eileen O’Brien: 177-189. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Wang, G. and Korgen, K. (2002). “Don’t Stand Too Close to Me: Social Distance and College Students at a Northern New Jersey University.” In The Quality of Contact: African Americans and Whites on College Campuses Ed. Robert Moore: 95-107. New York: The University Press of America.

Korgen, K. and Odell, P.M. (2000). “Beyond a Multiracial America: Racial Demographics and Crime in the U.S. Today.” Raceand Crime. Madison WI: CourseWise Publishing,

del Carmen, A., Korgen, K., del Carmen, D. and Espinosa, A. (1999). “Hispanics: The New Irish in the American Criminal Justice System?” Perspectives: Criminal Justice. Madison, WI: CourseWise Publishing