Barbara Ann Strassberg, Ph.D.

Barbara StrassbergProfessor of Sociology

Office Location: Eckhart Hall, Room 408
Telephone: 630-844-5408
Email Address: bstrass@aurora.edu

My academic interests focus on identity transformations in the context of transnational migrations, on human rights and social justice, genocide and peace, gender studies, issues related to globalization, and especially to global ethics. I have been involved in teaching since 1970, and joined Aurora University in 1991. I am passionate about teaching students how to think in critical and creative ways and how to self-educate throughout life. I want them to understand the social reality of the present and thus become well prepared for the shaping of their own life and work, as well as the world of the future.

Education
Post-Doctoral Studies - University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Post-Doctoral Degree, Sociology of Culture - Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Post-Doctoral Studies - University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Ph.D. Sociology of Religion - Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Doctoral Studies, Ecole Superieure des Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
M.A. Sociology - Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland .
M.A. English Language & American Literature, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Areas of Specialization
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Culture
Political Sociology

Courses Taught
Seminar in Classical Sociological Theories
Seminar in Contemporary Sociological Theories
Human Rights and Social Justice
The Roots of American Culture: Chicago
Women, Men, Family, and Diversity
Globalization and Social Change
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Social Problems in Urban Society
Race, Ethnicity and Power
Principles of Sociology

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
"The New Responsibilities of Social Sciences in Ageing Societies. The Case of Spain," with
Montserrat Guillen and Nuria Rodriguez. International Journal for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, vol. 2 11/23/2007.
Contemporary Multicultural Perspectives on Issues in Science and Religion, in Dalai Lama, Gary
Laderman and Aari Eisen (eds.). 2007. Science, Religion, and Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Controversy, M.E. Sharpe.
"Magic, Religion, Science, Technology, and Ethics in the Postmodern World," Zygon. Journal of Science
and Religion, vol. 42, no. 2, June 2005, pp. 307-322.
2007 Aurora University Trumbo Award for Teaching Excellence
2007 Aurora University Student Advocate Award

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty Personnel Committee, 2008 - present
Political Science Club Faculty Advisor, 2008 - present
Mentoring of Sociology Majors
Mentoring of Sociology Adjuncts

Other Interests
Development of a transatlantic dual graduate program within a consortium of two European and two American universities;
Global Health and Aging Issues;
Global Education Issues;
International Academic Collaboration;
Foreign Languages.