Department of Sociology
J. Hollingsworth

Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth
Professor of Sociology
Phone: (325) 793-4645
Office: Old Main 303D

Dr. Hollingsworth discusses homeless children on the radio show “The Professors”
Listen to Dr. Hollingsworth on women and crime

Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington
B.A., McMurry University.
A.A., University of Hawaii.

I have worked in the mental health field for the past 13 years, mostly with children and adolescents who have suffered from conduct disorders and psychiatric difficulties.  I began teaching at McMurry as an adjunct professor in 1998, and was hired as a visiting professor in 2003.  I became an assistant professor in 2004, as I was concluding my doctoral studies.

I still have keen interests in the mental health field, and have maintained scholarly interests in how juvenile delinquency is linked with the juvenile justice system by its mental health components: the foster care system, residential treatment, and in psychiatric institutes. I am also very interested in how criminal activity differs according to gender. I am especially interested in bringing the areas of sociology, social work, and criminology together in an eclectic approach to social problems such as crime.

My research interests over the past few years have included studies in transnational crime, as well as completing ethnographic studies of street children in Latin America and West Africa.  I also have keen interests in the areas of Pan-Africanism and the Atlantic save trade.  I recently studied at the W.E.B. Dubois Center for Research in Pan Africanism in Ghana, West Africa.     

My book Children of the Sun: An Ethnographic Study of the Street Children of Latin America has just been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Dr. Jori Sechrist
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: 325 793-4772
Office: Old Main 303B

M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University
B.A., McMurry university

I joined the McMurry faculty in the fall of 2014.  In my research, I study intergenerational family relationships in later life.  My research primarily focuses on the study of relationship quality and exchange of support between mothers and their adult children including examinations of race differences in these processes.  I began exploring within-family differences as a graduate student and post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University where I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology with a minor in gerontology.  Most recently, I have turned my attention to the dynamics of in-law relationships.  In addition, after spending three years in south Texas close to the US/Mexico border, I have become interested in studying family processes in Mexican and other Latino/a groups.  Specifically, I would like to examine the effects of immigration on family relationships and transnational caregiving.

R. Wallace, not Max Weber

Dr. Robert Wallace
Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department
Phone: (325) 793-3895
Office: Old Main 303C
Listen to Dr. Wallace on the radio show “The Professors”

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University, New York
M.G.S., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
B.S., Texas Tech University

I came to McMurry in the fall of 1990. My initial scholarship began in the field of social gerontology and shifted when doing Ph.D. work to the sociology of knowledge and the history of sociology. These interests still attract my attention, but it was while teaching at McMurry that my research areas intersected with my  curricular responsibilities. The more I taught social stratification, the more I became intrigued with the theoretical and empirical questions it generated. In particular, I have been most concerned with the impact of social class on life chances. For the past few years, I have coordinated a paper session, “Class and Mobility,” at the annual Southwestern Social Science Association meetings.  I am currently examining the extent to which we can speak of distinct “class cultures.” For instance, are there different cultural orientations among the working, middle, and upper classes?  At this time, the answer to this question is Yes. The upper class cultural orientation is dominated by a norm of exclusivity.  The middle class culture is much more concerned with comparison, while the working strata operate more with a pragmatic disposition. So far, my research suggests that these differing class cultures are influential across a number of social factors like family strategies, occupational considerations, educational aspirations, and consumption patterns.  Bennett Award, 2007; voted Outstanding Faculty Member, 2010.