Bessie N. Rigakos, Ph.D.

Department Chair 
Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Bessie Rigakos

Bessie N. Rigakos, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Rigakos received her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Wayne State University and a B.A. degree in sociology with a certificate in criminology from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Her current research explores students’ conceptions about the scientific process where student created flowcharts revealed a more nuanced understanding of the scientific process, especially in the areas of society and communication within the scientific community. Dr. Rigakos also conducts research on attitudes towards women’s beauty ideals and the body. She enjoys teaching introduction to sociology, statistics, and courses on intersecting inequalities (race, gender, sexuality, and class).

In addition to her responsibilities in sociology, Dr. Rigakos is also the chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences.

Research interests

  • Body/Embodiment
  • Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality (intersectionality)
  • Women and Health
  • Medical Sociology
  • Assessment of the Scientific Process

Courses taught

  • SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 205, Social Science Statistics
  • SOC 320, Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 370, Criminology
  • SOC 377, Global Health Issues and Interventions
  • SOC 451, Social Psychology
  • SOC 100, Experiential Learning: Community Service
  • SOC 360, Experiential Learning: Social Justice in Action
  • SOC 460, Internship in Sociology
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