Faculty and Staff

Kathleen O Korgen

Professor • Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Kathleen Odell Korgen received her Ph.D. from Boston College and her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. A public sociologist, Professor Korgen conducts evaluations of non-profit organizations with Korgen Associates and sociology program reviews as a member of the American Sociological Association’s Department Resource Group. She is the author or editor of many scholarly works and textbooks, including the Sociology in Action series (with Maxine Atkinson) and Our Social WorldL Introduction to Sociology (with Jeanne Ballantine and Keith Roberts). Professor Korgen has received William Paterson University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression and the university’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.



Teaching sociology, racial identity, and social inequality

Representative Publications

Sociology in Action (1st and 2nd editions), with Maxine Atkinson; Thousand Oaks, CA; SAGE;

Social Problems: Sociology in Action (with Maxine Atkinson and Mary Nell Trautner); Thousand Oaks, CA; SAGE; 2020

The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology; Cambridge, England and NY, NY; Cambridge University Press; 2017

Awards and Honors

extbook & Academic Authors Association’s Most Promising New Textbook Award


Sage’s “Breakthrough Book of the Year” for 2018 2019 an award for the most successful first edition Sage publishes Textbook & Academic Authors Association’s 2019 Most Promising New Textbook Award of 2018 (Sociology in Action)