Social Sciences Faculty

Colby-Sawyer's social sciences and education professors are trained experts, educators and practitioners who have spent years studying, researching and working with groups and individuals. They have published and presented on a variety of significant cultural topics and issues including developmental disabilities, criminology, gender and sexuality, addiction, abuse, poverty and economic inequality — and they invite you join in their research while encouraging you to make your own discoveries in subject areas that matter to you. Small classes help faculty get to know you as they advise you in academics as well as career planning and graduate school options.

  • Eric Boyer

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3432 |

    Professor Boyer joined faculty in 2008. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He formerly served as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota and as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Saint Thomas more…

  • R. Todd Coy

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3636 |

    Professor Coy joined the faculty in 2005. He earned his Ph.D. from Tufts University and his B.A. from the University of Houston. His teaching areas include biological psychology, drugs and behavior, human sexuality, research methods and statistics. His general research interests include the biological basis of behavior and psychopharmacology including nicotine and more…

  • Kathleen P. Farrell

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3660 |

    Joined the faculty in 2009. Honors B.A. in sociology from Trinity College; C.T. and Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University. Professor Farrell's primary research and teaching interests include gender and sexualities, with an emphasis on inequality studies. In her courses, Professor Farrell focuses on the interdisciplinary and practical implications of more…

  • Randall S. Hanson

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3657 |

    Joined faculty in 1996. B.A. from Washington University, St. Louis; M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington. Areas of teaching include modern Mexico, U.S. history, America in the 1960s, and revolutions and revolutionaries. Professor Hanson has presented a number of conference papers on such topics as the Catholic church in modern Mexico, the Harry S. Truman presidency and Latin American women's more…

  • Amy Lyon Ed.D.

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3658 |

    Joined the faculty in 2018 and landed her dream job of being a full-time professor at her alma mater. She earned her Master’s degree at Dartmouth College and her doctorate in Educational Leadership at New England College. After working for thirty-three years in the public school setting, she is now "teaching teachers," and is able to share her wealth of practical knowledge and experience with her more…

  • Darcy Mitchell

    Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3743 |

    Professor Mitchell joined the faculty in 2010. She holds a doctorate in applied developmental psychology and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to coming to Colby-Sawyer, Professor Mitchell was project manager on a longitudinal research study investigating the needs of children with disabilities and their families at Boston more…

  • Christina O. Perez

    Assistant Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3638 |

    Professor Perez joined the faculty in 2021. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Toledo and a B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University. Her training is in the areas of psychology and the law, applied memory and cognition, and quantitative methods in more…

  • Michael S. Staunton

    Assistant Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3652 |

    Michael joined the faculty in 2022. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire. Professor Staunton’s teaching interests include crime and legal studies, and justice studies. His research interests include the study of drug use in rural adolescents, and examining behaviors leading to more…

  • Kate Turcotte

    Associate Professor, School of Business & Social Sciences
    603.526.3750 |

    Professor Turcotte joined the Social Sciences and Education department in 2013. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire and teaches Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Social Theory, Sociology Through Film and Race and Ethnic Relations. Professor Turcotte's areas of interest include poverty, issues associated with economic and social inequality, as well as individual and community more…