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. A public sociologist, her primary areas of specialization are in the areas of racial identity, race relations, and teaching sociology.

Professor Korgen's works on race relations and racial identity include Race Policy and Multiracial Americans (Policy Press Forthcoming); 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 books on public sociology include The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Jonathan White, Pine Forge 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015) 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.

Professor Korgen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the Departmental Resources Group of the American Sociological Association. She has received William Paterson University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression and the university’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 


Selected Books:

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

Korgen, Kathleen. (ed). (Forthcoming) The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press.

Ballantine, Jeanne, Keith Roberts, and Kathleen Korgen. 2015. Our Social World. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Korgen, Kathleen., Jonathan White, Shelley White. (eds.) 2014. Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice. Second edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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

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

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

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

Selected Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:

Korgen, Kathleen, and Jonathan White. 2010 "Public Sociology in the Classroom." Humanity & Society, 34, 3:252-254.

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

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

Korgen, Kathleen, and Eileen O’Brien  2007. “I’m Colorblind But What Are You, Anyway?” Electronic Journal of Sociology

O’Brien, Eileen, and Kathleen Korgen 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, Patricia, Kathleen Korgen, and Gabe Wang 2005 “Cross-racial Friendships and Social Distance Between Racial Groups on a College Campus.” Innovative Higher Education 29, 4:291-305.

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

Stein, Peter and Kathleen Korgen. 2001. “Sociological Practice and Diversity Training.” Social Insight. 6, Fall: 21-26.

Korgen, Kathleen and Jeff Korgen. 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, Kathleen. 2014. “The Impact of Action and Engagement on Sociology In and Out of the Classroom.” Service Sociology and Academic Engagement in Social Problems. Eds.  Javier A. Treviño and Karen McCormack. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Korgen, Kathleen and Donna Yang. 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, Kathleen and David Brunsma. 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, Kathleen and Jonathan White. 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, Kathleen and Eileen O’Brien. 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, Kathleen, Gabe Wang, and James Mahon. 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, Kathleen. 2006. “Social Policy on Race in the Colorblind Era.” American Government, Policy & Law, 2nd Edition. Ed. Michael Luis Principe. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt.

Korgen, Kathleen. 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, Gabe and Kathleen Korgen. 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, Kathleen and Patricia Odell. 2000. “Beyond a Multiracial America: Racial Demographics and Crime in the U.S. Today.” Race and Crime. Madison WI: CourseWise Publishing,