Faculty Spotlight


This book examines the entrepreneurial class in the post-communist Poland from a broad historical perspective, documenting the persistent endurance and the development of this class during radical social change from a controlled economy to a market economy.


Student Spotlight

Nia Brade

Nia Brade was appointed to serve on the Maryland Youth Advisory Council.


Helen Daugherty

Helen Daugherty

An ideal introduction to the study of population, this highly accessible textbook outlines the fundamental concepts and measurement techniques of demography.


Dawn R. Norris
Visiting Instructor of Sociology

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Departments: Sociology
Office: Anne Arundel Hall, 113
Email: drnorris@smcm.edu
Phone: (240) 895-2224


  • B.A., University of Maine, Orono, 2005
  • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2007
  • Ph.D Candidate, University of Maryland, College Park


Courses Taught

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 304 Sociology of Work and Occupations 
  • SOCI 305 Sociological Social Psychology
  • SOCI 352 Topics in Sociology:
    The Life Course: A Sociological Perspective
    Self and Identity
  • SOCI 385 Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Social Psychology
  • Self and Identity
  • Work and Occupations
  • Mental Health
  • Life Course


Norris, Dawn R.  2011. “Interactions that Trigger Self-Labeling: The Case of Older Undergraduates.
Symbolic Interaction 34:173-197.

Milkie, Melissa A., Dawn R. Norris, and Alex Bierman. 2011. “The Long Arm of Offspring: Adult Children’s
Troubles as Teenagers and Elderly Parents’ Mental Health.” Research on Aging 33:327-355.