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 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)