I was born and raised in New York City and grew up fascinated by the complexity and diversity of contemporary urban human life. I became a sociologist because the discipline allows me to practice my life-long passion: studying and working toward the amelioration of social problems.
My research interests have meandered over the years. I have worked in the area of social gerontology, service-learning pedagogy, program development, medical sociology and community health, and most recently, violence and peacemaking. My approach to research design emphasizes the complementary nature of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
B.A. Communications, Hunter College, CUNY
M.S. Social Research, Hunter College, CUNY
Ph.D. Sociology, University of New Hampshire
Introduction to Sociology (ANSO 105)
Research Methods (ANSO 261)
Explorations in Social Theory (ANSO 380)
Cultural Motifs: Urban and Community Health (ANSO 300)
Medical Sociology (ANSO 347)
Prejudice and the Human Condition (ANSO 391)
Sociology of Violence and Peacemaking (ANSO 392)
Urban Social Problems (ANSO 391)
Research (ANSO 452)
Internship (ANSO 460)
Senior Seminar (ANSO 486)
Thomas G. McGowan, 2007. The 2007 Memphis TGA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Needs Assessment. Technical report prepared for the Memphis/Shelby County Health Department and The United Way of the Mid-South in compliance with HRSA requirements for evidence-based administration and allocation of federal funding provided through the Ryan White HIV Treatment Modernization Act of 2006.
Thomas G. McGowan, 2001. “Toward a practitioner’s approach to service-learning course design,” in the AAHE’s Service-Learning in Religious Studies volume, edited by M. McLain and J. Favazza.
Thomas G. McGowan, 1998. “Cultural foregrounding and the problem of representation: Combating ageism through reflexive, intergenerational experience.” The Journal of Aging and Identity, vol. 2., number 4, 229-249.
Thomas G. McGowan, 1996. “Ageism.” Encyclopedia of Gerontology, Vol. 1, A2, 1-10, 1996. James Birren, ed. San Diego: Academic Press.