Dr. Eric M. Carter • Associate Professor, Chair

Office Location: Sociology House, Room 23
Phone: (502) 863.7968
Email: Eric_Carter@georgetowncollege.edu


Dr. Eric M. Carter joined the faculty of Georgetown College in Fall 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.  Dr. Carter received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Carson Newman College. He went on to receive his master’s degree in sociology from Marshall University, and his PhD in sociology from Kansas State University, where his work focused on the sociology of work and labor markets, social change, social stratification, and the sociology of sports and culture. Dr. Carter’s dissertation, titled, “Failing at Success,” centered on anomie and deviance in the National Football League. He is currently the chair of the department. Dr. Carter is the author of the book, Boys Gone Wild: Fame, Fortune, and Deviance Among Professional Football Players. He is also involved in research in the areas of sports, stratification, and education. You can reach Dr. Carter at 502-863-7968, via email at eric_carter@georgetowncollege.edu, or by stopping by his office in the Sociology House.

Social Movements/Change, Research Methods, Sociology of Education, Social Inequalities/Stratification, Community and Sustainability, Sociology of Appalachia, Sociology of Culture and Sport


Dr. Sarah E. Cribbs • Assistant Professor

Office Location: Sociology House, Room 21
Phone: (502) 863.7037
Email: Sarah_Cribbs@georgetowncollege.edu
Website: http://www.sarahcribbs.com


Dr. Sarah E. Cribbs joined the faculty of Georgetown College in Fall 2011 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Cribbs areas of teaching interest include race and ethnicity, gender, health and illness, applied sociology, research methods and other core courses. Dr. Cribbs currently serves as the faculty advisor for Sociology Club, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), and as the co-advisor for Student Women and Gender Society (SWAGS). She is the Chair of the committee on Civic Engagement (where service learning is housed) and member of the Honors Program Committee and Oxford Pro- gram Committee. Dr. Cribbs received her PhD in sociology from the University of Oregon in 2011. Her dissertation, “Rooted in the Past, Blind to the Present: Health Care Administrators’ Perceived Role and Response to Spanish-Speaking Immigrants in a New Settlement Community,” investigated the ways in which the administrators within one health care system perceived and framed their institution’s changes resulting from new, Spanish-speaking immigrant population growth within their surrounding metropolitan area. Dr. Cribbs recently published in the Journal of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Journal of Black Studies.

Social Inequality, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Health and Illness, Research Methods, Public/Applied Sociology, Stratification, Immigration



Dr. Stephanie M. Holcomb-Kreiner • Assistant Professor

Office Location: Sociology House, Room 20
Phone: (502) 863.8372
Email: Stephanie_Holcomb-Kreiner@georgetowncollege.edu


Dr. Stephanie Holcomb-Kreiner joined the faculty of Georgetown College in Spring 2012 as Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and was promoted this Fall semester to Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Holcomb-Kreiner received her PhD in sociology from the University of Kentucky in Spring 2012. Her dissertation, entitled “Explaining Benefit Variability in FMNP in Kentucky: An Application of Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory,” represents her diverse interests in food-related behaviors, social inequality, program evaluation, sustainability and community development. Dr. Holcomb-Kreiner has several projects underway. She is working to expand service learning into her courses, and this semester has worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Restore on paint recycling. She is also guiding the implementation of a sustainable landscaping project on GC’s campus, which will serve as a demonstration garden and eventually an outside classroom space. As part of her emphasis on engaged and applied scholarship, Dr. Holcomb-Kreiner is drafting an article on food-related behaviors among low-income individuals and pursuing LEED certification, initially as a Green Associate and culminating in LEED AP Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND) credentials.

Community Development, Social Inequality, Sociology of Food

Michael Littrell • Assistant Professor

Office Location: Sociology House, Room 22
Phone: (502) 863.7018
Email: Michael_Littrell@georgetowncollege.edu

Michael Littrell

Mr. Michael Littrell joined the faculty of Georgetown College in the Fall of 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Mr. Littrell received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University. He is currently finishing his PhD in Applied Sociology at the University of Louisville; he is expected to complete this in the spring. Mr. Littrell’s areas of focus are qualitative research methods, organizational theory, and criminology; his dissertation looks at police organizations and citizen police academies.

Mr. Littrell also has ten years of law enforcement experience where he worked both as a patrol officer and as a detective. His teaching interests reflect both his academic achievements and his professional experience and are in both criminal justice and sociology.

Criminal Justice, Qualitative Research Methods, sociology of organizations.