We are proud of our alumni! Sociology as a discipline offers a unique look at the world, and we know that our students contribute to society and make a difference in the lives of many. Several alumni have received awards for their accomplishments.

Alumni involvement and support for the sociology department are crucial for us. There are many ways you can get involved:

  • Be a guest speaker in a course.
  • Conduct a career prep presentation for the college's careers with CLAS seminar series.
  • Donate to departmental scholarships, which allow our students to continue their studies.

Share your news with us! Our students always want to learn about the career paths of our alumni. We also want to learn about you in order to build out opportunities for alumni to get involved in the department.

Featured Alumni

Kathryn Chapman (Brown), B.A. '11, M.A. '18

  • Investigations specialist, U.S. Pretrial Services.
  • Determines if and under what conditions defendants should be released on bond.
  • Leads the unit, including reviewing reports and training new officers.

Rodrigo Dominguez-Martinez, M.A. '17

  • Ph.D. candidate, sociology, University of Maryland.
  • Works with organizations focused on boys and men of color, juvenile justice and violence prevention.
  • Research interests: social inequality, the carceral state, race, gender and social movements.

Aaron Sterchi, B.A. '15

  • Social studies teacher, Plainfield North High School.
  • Teaches human geography, psychology and world history.
  • Helps students conduct original research in sociology and psychology.

Cory Barnes, B.A. '09

  • Coordinator, DePaul University Black Cultural Center.
  • Ph.D. candidate, Illinois State University.
  • Promotes awareness of Black culture and inclusivity to support student success.

Colleen Ross, B.A. ’97

  • Victim Specialist, FBI
  • Began as a local police officer, working undercover, on bike patrol, and as a juvenile police officer, school resource officer and D.A.R.E. and crime prevention officer.
  • Has served as a victim specialist for nearly 20 years, providing on-scene responses and crisis interventions for victims of serious federal crimes such as human trafficking, mass shootings, bank robberies, terrorism, crimes against children, financial fraud and kidnappings/hostage matters.
  • Recognized for her professional achievements both locally with the FBI’s Medal of Excellence and nationally by FBI former Director James Comey.