Don C. Sawyer III, Ph.D.


Don C. Sawyer III

I currently serve as the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Quinnipiac University.  I am also a tenured associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology.  I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology, M.A. in Sociology, and M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University.  I earned a B.A. in Psychology from Hartwick College.

I regularly  teach Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race, Sociology of Education, and Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture.  I have also taught Social Research Methods and Sociology through Film.  I have research interests in urban education, prisoner reentry, visual sociology, youth culture, hip-hop culture, qualitative methods, international program development, and youth critical media literacy.  I am an applied sociologist and I ensure most of my research projects are in partnership with local communities.

Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University

M.A., Sociology, Syracuse University

M.S., Cultural Foundations of Education, Syracuse University

B.A., Psychology, Hartwick College