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Faculty and Staff

Troy University Social Science Faculty

In the Division of Social Sciences, we have engaged scholar/teachers who are accomplishing a great deal and also providing excellent hands-on opportunities to their students. 

Meet Our Faculty


Dr. Sharon Everhardt PortraitInterim Chair, Division Of Social Sciences, Assistant Professor Of Sociology

Office: MSCX building, room 132
Telephone: 334-808-6575
Email: severhardt@troy.edu 

Ph.D. in Sociology, Wayne State University
M.A. in Sociology, University of Toledo
B.A. in Sociology, University of Toledo

Areas of Expertise
Race, Class, Gender, and Applied Sociology

Dr. Everhardt joined the Troy faculty in 2014. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her main research interests include the study of race, class, and gender, especially disenfranchised populations of women. She is currently researching the impact of horticultural programs on nutritional knowledge and food insecurity among female inmates in women’s correctional facilities. She has secured over $75,000 in USDA funding to support her gardens projects.

Further areas of interest include housing, homeownership, self-sufficiency programs for low-income populations, and volunteerism. She enjoys incorporating service learning into her classes to allow students to gain real world understanding of the topics they are studying. Dr. Everhardt was the recipient of the 2015 and the 2018 Troy-Montgomery Faculty Excellence Award.  She was also 2017 Teacher of the Year for the Troy Montgomery Campus.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Aspects of Human Sexuality
  • Minorities in the U.S. Structure
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social Stratification
  • Urban Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Senior Seminar

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Introduction to College Teaching in the Social Sciences
  • Minorities in U.S. Structure




Stephen CarmodyAssociate Chair And Graduate Coordinator, Assistant Professor Of Anthropology


Office: MSCX building, room 132D
Telephone: 1-334-808-6850
Email: scarmody@troy.edu
Information on Field Projects: http://www.diggingvada.com/summer-school/the-staff/

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

M.A. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

B.S. in Anthropology, College of Charleston
Minor in Archaeology

Areas of Expertise
Anthropological Archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Origins of Agriculture, Prehistoric Religious Systems, Food Justice

Dr. Carmody is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the prehistoric use of plants in both religious and economic contexts in the southeastern U.S. His specialization in paleoethnobotany allows him to use plant remains recovered from archaeological sites as a lens into the human-environmental dynamics of the past. His primary research interests involve exploring the cultural and social consequences of the origins of agriculture, past, present, and future. He also explores the use of plants in ritual and religious ceremonies. Stephen has worked on or led archaeological excavations in Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Food Justice
  • Archaeology of Death and Burial
  • High Civilizations of the Old World
  • Introduction to Social Science Theory
  • Anthropology of Sex and Gender

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

Annette Marie AllenAssociate Professor of Sociology

Office: MSCX building, room 135
Telephone: 1-334-808-6595
Email: aallen40379@troy.edu

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Texas

Major area: Family and Life Cycles
Certification in Aging

M.A. in Sociology, University of Houston

B.S. in Sociology, Indiana University South Bend

Areas of Expertise
Sociology of Aging, Gerontology, Urban Sociology, Death and Dying, Medical Sociology, Family and Life Cycle, Race and Ethnic Relations, Sexuality

Dr. Allen joined the Troy faculty in 1993 as an adjunct on the Montgomery Campus.  In 2006 she joined the faculty as a full-time Associate Professor of Sociology and took on the role of Assistant Dean of Administration in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012.   Dr. Allen served as the Division Chair of the Division of Social Sciences from 2013-2019. 

Her current research interests include AIDS and Aging, Death and Dying, Racial Issues in Society, and Leadership Styles of Women.  Dr. Allen has supervised a number of student internships and integrates service learning into her classes when possible.  Dr. Allen has presented over 40 papers at a variety of sociology and gerontology academic conferences and has three publications. 

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Death and Dying
  • Medical Sociology
  • Minorities in the U.S. Social Structure
  • Urban Sociology
  • Marriage and Family Relations

Courses taught at the graduate level 

  • Social Science Seminar
  • Minorities in the U.S. Social Structure
  • Sociology of Health, Medicine and Illness
  • Death and Dying

Jeneve R. BrooksAssociate Professor Of Sociology

Office: MSCX building, room 132E
Telephone:  334-808-6756
Email: jrbrooks@troy.edu

Ph.D. in Sociology, Fordham University

M.S. in Social Research, Hunter College

B.S. in Human Service Studies, Cornell University

Areas of Expertise
Peace Movement Mobilization through Protest Music, Race Relations/Inequality, and Visual Sociology

Dr. Brooks started at Troy University in 2010 and has published in a variety of outlets on her research, especially on her original music database tracking over 3,500 anti-war songs. She also organizes Dialogues on Race Relations’ events and has served as a co-investigator on the Dothan Community Survey Analytical Report. She is committed to increasing student engagement/research by publishing in Teaching Sociology, obtaining the International Center on Non-Violent Conflict’s Curriculum Fellowship, and mentoring students to present at conferences.

As a community organizer/social change agent, Dr. Brooks has a heart for service. She founded the annual Wiregrass Blues Fest, securing over $81K in grant and private monies for the festival’s educational programs. She is also the recipient of various awards such as the Troy University Libraries’ Token Book Award, the Troy-Dothan Faculty Excellence Award, and the City of Dothan's Award for Service and Excellence.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • Political Sociology
  • Popular Culture and Mass Media
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social Stratification
  • Society and the Environment
  • Sociological Theory
  • Visual Sociology

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
  • Research Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Gender

Angela DautartasAssistant Professor of Anthropology

Office: MSCX building, room 132F
Telephone: 334-808-3442
Email: adautartas@troy.edu

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee

M.A. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee

B.S. in Anthropology, Radford University              

Minor in forensic science

Areas of Expertise
Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Postmortem Interval, Human Decomposition

Dr. Dautartas joined the Troy faculty in 2020 and teaches at the undergraduate level. She is a biological anthropologist who specializes in forensic anthropology. She has assisted on forensic casework in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi.

Her research focuses on understanding the complex processes of human decomposition to better estimate the postmortem interval. Her interests include application of novel statistical methods to forensic and bioarchaeological questions. Recently her work has focused on new ways to model disease in past human populations, specifically those of Bronze-Age China.

Courses Taught at the Undergraduate Level

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Statistics in the Social Sciences

Bill GranthamAssociate Dean for Administration, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Anthropology

Office: MSCX building, room 115
Telephone: 1-334-670-3637
Email: bgranth@troy.edu

Ph.D. in Anthropology, Northwestern University
M. A. in Anthropology, University of Alabama
B. A.  in Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
A. A. in Liberal Arts,  Jefferson State College

Areas of Expertise
Zooarchaeology, Southeastern US Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Near Eastern Ethnography, Ethnoarchaeology, Ethnicity and Social Identity,  Native American Societies of the Southeastern U.S., Religion, Culture and Sound

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Grantham joined the Troy University faculty in 1994. He spent much of the late 1980s and most of the 1990s conducting ethnographic and archaeological research in Israel. He also has provided analysis and consultation for archaeological research teams working in Jordan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. In addition to his work in the Near East, Dr. Grantham spent several years working with Native American groups researching their mythology and legends. He also has participated in numerous excavations in the southeastern U. S.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • North American Indians Since Contact
  • Language and Culture
  • Social Anthropology
  • Native American Religions
  • High Civilizations of the Old World
  • Forensic Osteology
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Applications of Social Science Inquiry
  • Social Science Theory
  • Social Science Senior Seminar
  • Principles of Cultural Geography
  • Sociology for General Studies 

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • High Civilizations of the Old World
  • Specialized Study in Anthropology
  • Advanced Readings in Anthropology
  • Selected Topics in Anthropology