Barbara R. Walters, PhD

Professor of Sociology, City University of New York

My key areas of research and teaching:

• Religion and Society
• CEDAW, Cultural Conflict, and Human Rights
• Organizational Development
• Sociological Theory and Research Methods
• Liturgical Offices and History for Corpus Christi
• SoTL: Teaching with Technology--Learning Communities--WAC

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Ph.D.    State University of New York at Stony Brook: Sociology, 1978

M.A.      State University of New York at Stony Brook: Sociology, 1973

M.A.      State University of New York at Stony Brook: Musicology, 1996

B.A.       Vanderbilt University: Psychology, 1970  (3-Year Graduate)

Research Fellow, SUNY Center for Literature and Culture, Paris, France, 1972-73

NIMH Post-Doctoral Research-in-Service Award: 1976-77: Sexual Identity Development and Cognitive Styles – Preschool Children , State University of New York at Stony Brook, Department of Psychiatry                                   

Dissertation:  The Politics of Aesthetic Judgment — an empirical analysis of the changing art world and patrons with “modern” art shaping the site of struggle for status and power among different groups, especially recently assimilated Jews, in fin-de-siècle France     


2017-present         Visiting Scholar, Sociology and CSRS, Notre Dame University

2011 – 2017           CUNY School of Professional Studies, Academic Director,  Sociology

2015                       Visiting Research Scholar, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, UK

2008 –present        CUNY-Kingsborough, Professor of Sociology

2006 – 2008           CUNY-Kingsborough, Associate Professor of Sociology

                                         Editor, Distinctions: An Honors Student Journal

                                         Co-Director, Opening Doors Learning Community 

2000 – 2006           CUNY-Kingsborough, Assistant Professor of Sociology

1978 -1990            Private Sector VP Human Resources

                              Virginia Opera, Administrative Director                  

1975-76                 Vanderbilt University, Instructor/Sociology and Women’s Studies

1974-75                 College of William and Mary, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology

1971-72                 Fellow, SUNY Center for Literature and Culture, Paris, France             

1971-74                 SUNY Stony Brook, NIMH Methodology Trainee


Selected publications from the past 5 years:

Walters, Barbara R.  2017. Reading Eschatology in the Corpus Christi Office, in The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music, and Liturgy. Ed. by Eleanor Giraud and Christian Leitmer.  Begijnhof, Turnhout:  Brepols Publishers (forthcoming).

Walters, Barbara R. and Stephanie Perez.  2017. “Cultural Commitments and Gender Parity:  Human Rights as Implicit Religion.”  Implicit Religion 19 (4), 481-505.

Walters, Barbara R.  2016. “Integrative Learning and the Karen Diaspora.” In Schooling, Migration, and Intergenerational Relations: The Karen Diaspora and the Value of Education, by Pia Jolliffe.  Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK:  Palgrave Macmillan.  

Bonet, Giselle, and Barbara Walters.  2016.  High Impact Practices: Student Retention and Engagement.  The College Student 15 (2), 223-235.

Walters, Barbara R. 2015.  Jus Post Bellum and Transitional Justice, by Larry May and Elizabeth Edenberg.  Dialogues of Historical Justice and Memory Network News, No 55, May 7, 2015.

Walters, Barbara R. 2015.  The Feast of Corpus Christi as a Site of Struggle.  In Laura Andreani, Ed. Il Corpus Domini. Teologia antropologia e politica.  Orvieto, IT: Edizioni del Galluzzo, pp. 139-154.

Walters, B. 2013. Catalyst for Learning: Eportfolio Resources and Research Blog:

Walters, Barbara, Ellen Smiley, George Otte, and William Bernhardt.  2011. “The CUNY Online Baccalaureate: A Transformative Cyberspace.” In Transformative Spaces:  Designing Creative Sites for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, edited by Judith Summerfield, Cheryl Smith, and Erin Martineau.  New York, NY:  Springer Publishing, pp. 107-124.

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