faculty

Meredith Whitnah, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
(805) 565-6163

Office Location

Deane Hall 210

Office Available

Only by appointment. 

Specialization(s)

Sociology of religion, sociology of gender, and social theory 


Research Interests: Gender and gender-based violence, religion in global perspective, cultural sociology

Biography/Details

Dr. Whitnah graduated from Gordon College and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in gender, religion, culture and social theory. She studies the role of religion in both perpetuating and mitigating different forms of social injustice. She is working on a book tentatively titled “Faith and the Fragility of Justice: Religious Responses to Gender-Based Violence in South Africa.” This historical study investigates how faith-based NGOs in South Africa that had resisted apartheid have addressed gender-based violence. She enjoys discussing the social dimensions of injustice in class and thinking creatively about how to engage the brokenness of the world with both lament and hope.