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Cullen Clark

Teaching Associate Professor; Director, MA in Sociology This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage Hall 460L
(205) 934-3322

Research and Teaching Interests: Applied sociology, Complementary and alternative medicine, Worldview of medical practitioners

Office Hours: By appointment


  • BA, University of Mississippi, History
  • MSHA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Health Administratio
  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Medical Sociology

My personal story gives me unique insight into the aspirations of students seeking a graduate degree through our online MA in Sociology program as well as the challenges they face. For almost 20 years I worked as a health care marketing and communications professional before returning to graduate school to complete my doctorate in medical sociology. It was an experience that changed my life.

Now, I draw upon my research skills and my work as an applied sociologist — as well as my previous administrative experience — in my roles as a teacher in (and director of) our department’s online graduate program. It is a job I truly love and one made possible because I was able to return to graduate school as a nontraditional student. I navigated the transformation that many of our students seek whether they hope to prepare for jobs in the commercial or nonprofit sectors or seek to enhance their teaching and research skills. Every day I know I am helping other students obtain the same opportunities I had.

When I am not working with our applied sociology program, I enjoy pursuing my interests in complementary and alternative medicine, writing, and traveling.

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    • Cullen Clark. “Popular and Non-Western Medical Traditions in American History,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History, L. Dumenil, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
    • Cullen Clark. "Review of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers and the Outbreak Narrative by Priscilla Wald." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 65 (2010): 265-67.
    • Jeffrey Michael Clair, Cullen Clark, Brian P. Hinote, Caroline Robinson, Jason Wasserman. “Developing, Integrating and Perpetuating New Ways of Applying Sociology to Health, Medicine, Policy and Everyday Life.” Social Science and Medicine 64 (No. 1, 2007): 248-58.