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Cynthia Ninivaggi

Cynthia C Ninivaggi

Associate Professor, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies


School of Arts and Sciences


Criminal Justice, Anthropology, Sociology, and Human Rights

Office Location:

Jeffries Hall (116A)

Office Hours:

Educational Background

Georgian Court University
  • M.A.  Applied Behavior Analysis
Temple University
  • Ph.D  Anthropology
  • M.A.  Anthropology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • B.A. Anthropology

Professional Experience

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology, 2006-present
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology 1996-2006

Research / Creativity Interest Area

Reproductive justice; Gender in the workplace; Race and the criminal justice system;  Adoption history and reform movements; Anthropology of disaster  

Additional Information

Courses Taught:
  • Shaping Lives: Women and Gender
  • Women and Work
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Physical Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Native Cultures of North America
  • MesoAmerican Archaeology
  • Urban Anthropology:  City, Suburb, and Society
  • Anthropology of Disaster
  • Medicine and Society
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Sociology of Education


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