Faculty & Staff in Sociology, Criminology & Justice Studies
Associate Professor Heidi R. Ballard earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico and an Master’s degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. 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.
Associate Professor Carla Corroto earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She teaches community and human service focused courses including Introduction(s) to Social Justice Studies and Sociology, the Sociology of Gender, and Sociology of Family Diversity. Taking advantage of her cross-disciplinary background, Dr. Corroto researches the intersection of gender, race, social class, and disability in architecture and urban design. She employs critical ethnographic research methods in her qualitative work with attention to narrative structure and social justice outcomes. Dr. Corroto is an avid sports fan and is kind to animals.
Dr. Kern received her doctorate from The Ohio State University. Her classes are in the criminology concentration. Her research interests are criminology and juvenile delinquency. She also teaches Introductory Sociology, Research Methods, Social Problems, and also teaches in the Integrative Studies and Senior Year Experience programs. She is currently completing research on women in policing, and has begun researching gang involvement in violent crime in Columbus. Her other research interests include stigma management among members in deviant communities, and the intersections between pollution, crime, and lower income neighborhoods.