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Dr. Regina Smardon
Dr. Smardon earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She later completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Her research explores local and expert knowledge in a globalizing world. She has published her ethnographic work on the meaning of disability in an Appalachian community in the journal Anthropology of Education Quarterly. In 2007-2010 Dr. Smardon served as a co-investigator on a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the social organization of innovation in biotechnology research. She teaches Principles of Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Methods of Social Research, Medical Sociology and Culture Society and Psychiatry. She also has teaching interests in the areas of Sociology of Science, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Childhood, and Sociology of the Military.
Dr. Vida Bajc
Dr. Bajc completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University, Canada. Her research connects framing theory, ritual, surveillance and security, globalization, culture and Christianity. Her first book, titled Security and Everyday Life, (co-edited with Willem de Lint), was published in 2011 by Routledge Press. Dr. Bajc is editor of three journal special issues: "Watching Out: Surveillance, Security, and Mobility" (with John Torpey) for the American Behavioral Scientist in 2007; "(Dis)placing the Centre: Pilgrimage in a Mobile World" (with Simon Coleman and John Eade) for Mobilities in 2007; and "Collective Memory and Tourism" for Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing in 2006. Her book manuscript, Christian Pilgrimage in Jerusalem: Performing Social Realities, is under contract with University of Chicago Press. Dr. Bajc teaches Principles of Sociology, Global Social Problems, Approaches to Globalization, Surveillance as Social Control, Media and Popular Culture, Classical Theory, and Contemporary Theory. She also has teaching interests in the areas of Tourism, Sociology of Religion, and Military and Society.