Geoffrey L Wood, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology; Director, Center for Applied Research


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Dr. Geoff Wood is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Applied Research (CFAR). He earned a Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis in research methodology from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

He teaches introduction to sociology, social problems, research methods, sociology of politics, social inequality, and introduction to public policy. He serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Public Policy Major and for Pi Gamma Mu, the International Social Science Honor Society.  

He directs several research projects with CFAR including: an economic impact study on the feasibility of industrial hemp production in Westmoreland County, an update report on the status of women for United Way, and research collaboration and strategic grant making with the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

Recently, Dr. Wood has published several book chapters:

  1.  “Accelerated Categorical Inequality: New Orleans in the Eye of the Storm,” In After the Storm: Militarization, Occupation, and Segregation in Post-Katrina America.
  2. “Seventeen Years Later: Revisiting the Critical Demography Paradigm to Examine Public Education in American Schools,” In Race, Population Studies, and America's Public Schools: A Critical Demography Perspective.
  3. “Historical Categorical Inequality: The Creation of Two Segregated Cities within an Urban Center.” In Broken Promise: Black Bodies and Blue Ribbons in Urban Centers.