I took a sociology class as an undergraduate student and was forever changed.
I saw that the theories, understandings and research skills of the sociologist were integral to maintaining democratic life. Because sociology examines important problems we face in our society, there's an opportunity to improve the lives of others by engaging in change at the level of structure and policy formation.
My ongoing research investigates life on the ground for low income and culturally dominated students and families in urban contexts. More and more young people are struggling to grow up on razor thin margins of survival. I'm likewise examining how girls in such communities struggle to negotiate their lives in violent urban settings. I'm interested in the links between serious human rights violations taking place among children everywhere - including in our country. With all of my research, my goal is to help reshape policy to meet more accurately the needs of young people.
I involve D'Youville students in many ways in my investigations. My research shapes my teaching and allows me to give students the very latest from the discipline. For example, students in classes I teach design and conduct large-scale studies, using specific data gathering strategies and modes of inquiry to analyze findings. I also offer upper level sociology students the opportunity directly to assist in my field work and policy analysis projects.
Our program has earned a highly respected reputation in the community. Because internships are a requirement, students gain valuable experience and are able to demonstrate their strong training. We focus on giving our students career-oriented advisement throughout their studies to help them get into the graduate programs of their choice or directly begin their careers upon graduation. I'm very proud that our students are committed to the belief in human rights and that all should live with dignity.
Dr. Hall is currently working on a cluster of three edited books and a series of journal articles, including: Children's Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United States (Sense Press); Underprivileged Children and the Assault on Dignity: Policy Challenges and Resistance in the Current Political Economy (Routledge); and Urban Girls and Cultures of Violence and Silencing in an Era of Public Repression (Routledge).
Dr. Hall's collection, Children's Human Rights and Public Schooling in the United States was recently awarded an AESA Critics' Book Choice of the year for 2013.