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.


Elizabeth Osborn
Professor of Sociology

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Departments: Sociology
Office: Kent Hall, Room 216
Email: eaosborn@smcm.edu
Phone: (240) 895-4385


  • B.A. The Ohio State University, 1991
  • M.A. The Ohio State University, 1993
  • Ph.D The Ohio State University, 1997

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Courses Taught:

  • Economic Sociology
  • Social Stratification
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • St. Mary's Projects

Research Interests

  • Social Stratification and Class Formation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic and Political Transition of Post-Communist Societies

Teaching Interests

  • Social Stratification/Inequality
  • Comparative Methods
  • Economic Sociology
  • Empirical Study of Entrepreneurship

Research Projects

Work in Progress:

Authors: Elizabeth Osborn and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski 

A new book, Still Open for Business, will cover the period from 2004, when Poland joined the European Union, through 2011. While most countries are suffering under the global economic crisis, Poland is enjoying the rewards of the country’s recent economic performance. According to Jan Cienski, writing for the Financial Times (7 September 2011), “Poland was the only European Union state not to fall into recession in 2009, and growth this year is expected to be about 4 per cent.” Additionally, Cienski notes and my research confirms that “although Poland is still one of the poorer members of the EU, it has made enormous progress since 1990, more than tripling its GDP per capita at purchasing power parity to $18,836 in 2010, according to the IMF.”