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Joan Sakalas, PhD

Senior Lecturer, The Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences


  • PhD, Christian Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, 1999
  • MA, Feminist Liberation Theology, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, 1992
  • Curriculum Development, N.E.H. Summer Studies, U.S.S.R., 1984
  • Russian/Soviet History, N.E.H. Summer Studies, Yale University, CT, 1983
  • Social History, N.E.H. Summer Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982
  • MA, Social Studies Education, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 1988
  • BA, English Literature, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1966

Courses Taught

  • U.S. History from 1865 to 1945
  • Race, Ethnicity Class and Gender
  • U.S. History from 1945 to Present
  • Social Problems
  • Family Violence
  • Punishment in America
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Ethics

Academic Research/Interests

Oral History, Development effective programs for batterers

Areas of Expertise

Russian/Soviet History, U.S. History, Social Policy and Issues and Family Violence Issues.


  • 2008 - Vermont Professionals in Adult Learning Conference, "Communication and Sociology in the Adult Classroom"

On Being at SVC

I enjoy the opportunity to work with students and faculty ready to face challenges. At SVC, I love that my class will always be filled with students from an array of racial, ethnic and class backgrounds. We have such a rich opportunity to learn to listen to each other as we describe and share our understanding of the world from many points of view. This is an exciting and challenging stage for all of us to learn from each other. Always, my hope is that students will leave a class knowing that they have engaged issues and have added to what they have to offer to any task they confront. That is exciting!

  • Highlights

    April 2014 - Wrote a paper on "Open Journal of Political Science" in Scientific Research. Read more.

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