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Alison Simons

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Alison Simons

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Polytechnic United Methodist Church 218

Education

  • B.Sc. Applied Psychology and Sociology, University of Surrey (1994)
  • M.A. Sociology, University of North Texas (1997)
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of North Texas (2012)

Research Interests/Scholastic Profile

Dr. Simons' research focuses on the social vulnerability of populations in society. More specifically, she is interested in how disasters affect different populations and what can be done to help alleviate some of the problems.

She is also interested in popular culture and collective behavior, just for the fun of the studies. However, Dr. Simons' focus has been on social justice and how to use the research gained from the community to affect a better understanding of the situation and how to empower communities.

Recently, Dr. Simons and Dr. Bales received a small grant to conduct research in the local Rosedale community surrounding the University. In line with their applied focus of sociology they will be taking a class of students through the research process.

Publications
  • Herring, A. M. (2013) "Sociology of Disaster" in Peter Bobrowsky (ed.) Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Springer.
  • Dash, N., McCoy, B., & Herring, A. M. (2010) "Social Class" in Brenda D. Phillips, Deborah Thomas, Alice Fothergill and Lynn Blinn-Pike (eds.) Social Vulnerability to Disasters. FL: CRC Press.
  • Green, C., Herring, A. M., Herring, M. C., & Tunstall, S. (1994) CVM: A Social Sciences Kaleidoscope. Middlesex: FHRC.
  • Green, C., & Herring, A. M. (1993) Euroflood: First Annual Report Chapter 3: Full Flood Impacts. Middlesex: FHRC.
  • Fordham, M., & Herring, A. M. (1993) Euroflood: First Annual Report Chapter 4: Flood Forecasting and Warning. Middlesex: FHRC.
Presentations
  • Simons, A.M. (2017) "The Gentrification and perceptions of social change in the local community." Southwestern Social Sciences Association Conference, 12-15 April, Austin, TX. 
  • Simons, A. M., and Bales, R.A. (2016) "Sense of Community and Belonging in a Neighborhood undergoing Gentrification in Fort Worth Texas" University College Day (UCD), 16 April, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Simons, A. M., and Hendrix, S. (2016) "How to Survive a Live Research Project in a Methods Class and Stay Sane (Almost)" Southwestern Social Sciences Association Conference, 23-26 March, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Simons, A. M., and Bales, R.A. (2016) "Sense of Community and Belonging in a Neighborhood undergoing Gentrification in Fort Worth Texas" Southwestern Social Sciences Association Conference, 23-26 March, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Simons, A. M. (2015) "Social Vulnerability and Faith in Disasters: An Investigation into the role of religion in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina" Southwestern Social Sciences Association Conference, 8-11 April, Denver, Colorado.
  • Simons, A. M. (2015) "Teaching Race, Class, and Gender using Monopoly" Southwestern Social Sciences Association Conference, 8-11 April, Denver, Colorado.
  • Lynton, E. J., Simons, A. M., Baxter, T., & Veliz, W. (2015) "Status, Cues, and Deception: The Social Construction of Behavior,” Southwestern Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting, 8-11 April, 2015.
  • Herring, A. M. (2009) "The Influence and Impacts of Faith in Disasters" 12th Annual Emergency Management in Higher Education Conference, 1-4 June 2009. Emmitsburg, Maryland.
  • Herring, A. M. (2008) "Faith in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina" Southwestern Sociological Association. April 2008. Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Childers, C., Phillips, B. D., Herring, A. M., & Garcia, C. (1998) "Defining and Applying Sustainability after Disaster: The Experience in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (USA)" Sustainability, Globalisation and Hazards: Enhancing Community Resilience Conference, London, UK.
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