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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Joanna Kaftan

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: N1044
(713) 221-8299
KaftanJ@uhd.edu

​Joanna Kaftan started teaching at UH-D in 2005. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Kaftan is presently the coordinator for Sociology, Anthropology and Social Science courses atthe University of Houston - Downtown.

​Doctorate degree: Sociology (University of Notre Dame)

  • ​SOC 1303    Principles of Sociology
  • SOS 2304    Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • SOS 3312    Statistics in the Social Sciences
  • SOC 4301   Power and Society
  • SOC 4317   Religion in a Changing Society

​Dr. Kaftan has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.  Her quantitative as well as qualitative research has centered on issues of national identity, national commemoration, immigration, democratization and religion.  These areas of research are represented in her published articles and conference presentations.

​Dr. Kaftan's research has centered on issues of national identity, national commemoration, immigration, democratization and religion.  Her earlier work focused on national identity in Poland during democratization.  Her present work centers on national identity in the United States.

PUBLICATIONS

"Immigration Reform as a Moral Question: Elite and Non-Elite Evangelical Attitudes of Migration Reform in the U.S.A." Politics and Religion 2 (2014): 187-­211.

"National Identity During Periods of Controversy: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Phoenix, Arizona" Nations and Nationalism 19 (2013):167-186.

"Elite Strategies in a Global World: A Typology of Polish Patriots," Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 11(2011): 194-213. 

"Changing the National Past: The Challenge of Recreating the Democratic Polish Nation after 1989," Nations and Nationalism 13 (2007): 301-320.


2009   Faculty Development Grant, University of Houston - Downtown 

2001-2002    Eli and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award, nominee, University of Notre Dame, Indiana 

2001-2002   Philip Moore Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 

2000-2001    Dissertation Fellowship, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana 

1999-2000    Fulbright Full Grant to Poland, United States Department of State

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