Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard



Towers Hall 212

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology, Criminology & Justice Studies

Heidi Ballard, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Her graduate work emphasized social theory and global development issues, with a regional emphasis on Latin America. Areas of expertise include classical and contemporary sociological theory, global social change and development, and environmental sociology. Issues of social justice are of special interest in her work. Courses currently taught include classical social theory, contemporary social theory, racial and ethnic relations, global social change, environmental sociology and urban sociology.


  • University of New Mexico, Ph.D. – Sociology, 1996
  • University of New Mexico, M.A. – Sociology, 1990
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., 1986.

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Global Sociology
  • Social Change
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Theory
  • Race and Ethnicity


  • Ballard, Heidi., “A Review of The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities and Social Sciences, in Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 2,: pp.206-208, March 2005.
  • Ballard, Heidi.,”Women, Work and Family: Policy Challenges for the Twenty-First Century,” in Jose a Cruz, Beky Da Cruz and Andrew Dowdle (eds.), American Politics: Transformation and Change (pp.145-155). Boston.: Pearson Publishing. 2004.; Ballard, Heidi., “A Review of Zygmunt Baumann: Prophet of Postmodernity,” in Contemporary Sociology, Volume31, No.1:97-98, November 2002.
  • Ballard, Heidi., “A Review of Power and Property in Social Theory: An Intellectual Rivalry by Dick Pels, in Contemporary Sociology, Volume 29, No.2,: 431-432, March 2000.

Affiliations & Awards

  • 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Peace and Justice Award
  • 2010 - Excellence in Education Faculty in Ohio, Ohio Magazine
  • 1996 - Outstanding Teaching Award, University of New Mexico
  • Association of Humanist Sociology - member 1997-present
  • American Sociological Association member 1997-present.