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About the Faculty

Steven J. McGuire, Professor of Sociology
B.A., University of Iowa;
M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook
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Steve McGuire teaches a variety of course at Muskingum, including the following:

*Peacemaking- We learn how to become nonviolent warriors, learn about nonviolence self defense, and about nonviolent social movements.
*Cultural Anthropology- We learn what  pre-industrial and pre-agricultural societies teach us about being human.
*American Society: Class and Culture- We learn about inequality and popular culture. We also learn some graphic design and how to make our own films and post them on the Internet.
*Sociology of Woman and Men- We look at gender relations with particular emphasis on film.           
Social Change in International Perspective- We look at what Europe and the US have done and our doing to the rest of the planet. 

Steve McGuire has co-authored Community on Land with Janel Curry, and has written a series of articles on philosophy of science and on social justice issues such as the political economy of baseball.

Steve McGuire teaches about human nature, what there is to say about gender in the movies, the making of interpersonal peace, and many other topics, particularly of a social justice sort.  He works heavily in video, with works shown at festivals in Seattle, San Francisco, and The New York  City film archive. He has co-authored the encyclopedic  Community on Land written on topics such as the political economy of baseball, colonialist international law, and incommensurability/relativism in social science. Current projects include videos on Clark Kent’s inner battles, and corporations from a Marxian Pee Wee Hermanish perspective. He is past president of the Association for Humanist Sociology and often spins music on WMCO 90.7 at Muskingum University.



Sandra E. Schroer, Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan University-Kalamazoo


Sandra Schroer, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Muskingum College received her Ph.D. in 2004 from Western Michigan University. Her research has focused on social nudism and more recently, the Free Love Movement of the 1800s. Her book, State of ‘The Union’: Marriage and Free Love in the Late 1800s, was published in 2005 by Routledge. Her second book is near completion. In addition to teaching introductory sociology courses and courses in human sexuality, she teaches theory and an innovative immersion course in research methods. She also holds certification as a self defense instructor for R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) systems. Sandra serves on the editorial board of the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. She was recently honored as an Emerging Professional in the field of sexual education and research by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, where she has been a member since 2001. She has also been a member of the Society for the Study of Social problems since 1998, where she recently concluded a three year term as chair of the Sexual Behavior, Politics and Communities Division. She is the mother of two sons.



David Tabachnick, Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., Hamilton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison;
J.D., University of Wisconsin Madison Law School

photo Dave Tabachnick

David Tabachnick is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Muskingum College. He became interested in African land issues while a student at the University of Sierra Leone. He worked for several years on African and American Indian land issues for the Land Tenure Center at the University of Wisconsin. He has published a series of papers on land tenure problems including “Liberal Contracts, Relational Contracts and Common Property: Africa and the United States,” “Land Tenure and Reform in Zaire: An Annotated Bibliography,” and the forthcoming “Writing on Water: Environmental Justice, Common Property Institutions and the State in Guinea.” He has written short stories and poetry, including the short story “Fatimata’s Ancestors” about land conflicts in Guinea, West Africa. He also has an interest in documentary filmmaking and made a nationally distributed film, “New Mown Fields,” a portrait of two French farm families. More recently he made a video in the Philippines, “IIRR in Masbate,” that showed the grassroots rural development work of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. He has developed an India travel abroad class in which students visit villages in India and study rural development. He made a film, “Village Ambitions,” illustrating rural development issues in several Indian villages. David Tabachnick teaches documentary filmmaking in his Visual Sociology class. In addition to a Ph.D. in sociology, David Tabachnick has a law degree. He was an attorney for a Wisconsin Legal Services law firm and represented clients in contested custody cases, landlord-tenant and welfare benefits disputes. He then worked as a law clerk for a federal bankruptcy judge in Dallas, Texas, at the height of the savings and loan crisis.