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  • Jun 29, 2017 —
    Daniel Herda subscribes to the adage that if you want to understand another person’s experiences, walk a mile in his shoes. So, last month, the assistant professor of sociology led a 10-day study-abroad trip to Germany as part of his course Crossing Borders: The Sociology of Immigration.
  • Apr 12, 2017 —
    Professor of Philosophy Monica Cowart has been appointed vice provost and awarded an American Council on Education fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year, Provost Allan Weatherwax said.
  • May 11, 2017 —
    Plenty of students may feel like they’re in an episode of “The Walking Dead” around finals time, but few have the chance to study the hit TV show for class credit.
  • Apr 3, 2017 —
    A committee of motivated faculty and students has developed an impressive lineup of events and lectures, including a two-day symposium on immigration, for this year’s annual Social Justice Week celebration at Merrimack. Activities run today, April 3, through Friday, April 7.

Notable & Quotable

  • Tom NolanThomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in an Aug. 29, 2017, Boston Herald article about President Trump’s decision to allow local police departments to become militarized again, reversing an Obama-era policy. “The very real concern is that when we see people exercising their constitutionally protected free speech right to protest, they are going to be met with police who are equipped like armed soldiers,” said Nolan, a 27-year veteran and former lieutenant in the Boston Police Department.

  • Thomas Nolan, associate professor and program director of the criminology and criminal justice graduate program, was quoted in a June 21, 2017, Boston Globe story about Boston police officers who last year earned up to four times their base salary due to a provision in their union contract that mandates a minimum of four hours’ pay when they work details or testify in court. Nolan said the generous contract provision demonstrates the union’s ability, over the years, to demand and win favorable terms in contract negotiations. “Boston police have historically earned some of the highest salaries in the country,” he said. “There has been a history of the police obtaining (contracts) and being very successful at the bargaining table.”

  • Dan Sarofian-ButinDan Sarofian-Butin, professor of education, was quoted in a July 6, 2017, BBC story about celebrities who take executive education courses at Harvard Business School. “These type of courses allow students to say they went to Harvard, were taught by a famous professor and interacted with other cool students,” he said. Sarofian-Butin added that while most celebrities may know more about their industries than their professor, they can still benefit from the program. “This is what a good teacher can bring to the table: the ability to point things out that are obvious, but only once you are able to see the bigger picture,” he said.

  • Karen HaydenKaren Hayden has been promoted from associate to full professor in the department of criminology, which she also chairs. Hayden joined the Merrimack faculty in 1997 and earned tenure in 2001. Her areas of interest include girls, women and crime; rural crime; society and law; and cultural criminology. She is working on two books, one on society and law, and the other on images of rural people and rural crime in popular culture. Hayden holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University.


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