Politics and Social Sciences


Dr. Chris Faircloth, Assistant Professor of Sociology.  Dr. Faircloth is a medical sociologist with long-standing interests in the chronic illness experience and chronic illness management strategies.  He has expanded his interests to include health disparities, with research into stroke recovery differences among three ethnic groups and a unique qualitative study at Xavier that focused on self-management of Type-2 Diabetes among lower socioeconomic status African Americans in post-Katrina New Orleans.


Dr. Claire Norris, Assistant Professor of Sociology.  Dr. Norris’ research investigates how social networks affect health outcomes through the provision of tangible aid and social support.  Her current research explores the effects that network capital, the resources embedded in our social networks, exert on mental health outcomes across our social class strata.


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