Benjamin Sosnaud is an assistant professor of Sociology in the Sociology & Anthropology Department. His research focuses on the institutional antecedents of social inequality, with a particular focus on inequalities in health outcomes.
I am interested in how powerful institutions influence our everyday experiences, assumptions, and ideas. I am particularly drawn to issues surrounding crime, punishment, law, religion, morality, and illness.
One of my areas of expertise is in the death penalty. As part of my doctoral research, I spent two years watching hundreds of hours of death penalty trials across the United States. If you want to know how a courthouse in Lubbock, TX compares to one in Brooklyn, NY, I'm a good person to ask.
Christine Drennon joined the Trinity faculty in 2002 and within months became engaged in addressing San Antonio's challenges. An associate professor of sociology and anthropology with expertise in urban geography and community development, Drennon seeks to give her students an intense appreciation for where they come from, both historically and geographically, and help them engage in their individual communities once they leave Trinity. Her students often work alongside her in urban research projects throughout the city.
Alfred Montoya is an associate professor of Anthropology in the Sociology & Anthropology department. His work concerns, broadly, the intersection of science, technology and society in the governance of epidemics in Southeast Asia, with special attention to HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.
Jennifer Mathews is a professor of anthropology in the sociology and anthropology department at Trinity University, where she teaches courses in archaeology and biological anthropology. She studies ancient and historical Maya archaeology, as well as issues of sustainability and tourism. She has been named the 2019 recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding abilities as a teacher and mentor.