Dr. Therese Seibert
Dr. M. Therese Seibert came to Keene State College in 1998 with a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas in Austin along with years of teaching experience in the areas of social statistics, ethnic relations, and gender. She is currently a professor of sociology and director of the Community Research Center, which provides sociology majors with hands on research experience by conducting research for local non-profit and public agencies. Her work with students and community partners has produced a number of research reports for local agencies like the Keene Family YMCA, Monadnock Family Services, Monadnock Developmental Services, Monadnock United Way, and Southwestern Community Services. She is a strong advocate for this service-learning approach. She served as a co-coordinator of KSCs Service-Learning Leadership Team from 2003-2006. As a consultant for Campus Compact of New England, she facilitates workshops and institutes across the region on service-learning and civic engagement. Dr. Seiberts early teaching and research focused on race and gender inequality in the labor market. She and Mark Fossett co-authored the book Long Time Coming: Racial Inequality in the Non-metropolitan South, 1940-1980, and she has published several scholarly articles on race and gender inequality. She continues to teach courses in the area of ethnic relations. In May of 2007, she taught the course, Race, Class, and Katrina, which involved taking students to New Orleans to assist with relief efforts. She also introduced the first-year course Africa by the Numbers in fall of 2007, which focuses on the demography of Africa. Dr. Seibert also teaches in the area of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and was a member of a core group of faculty that founded the Holocaust Minor at KSC. During the summer of 2007, she traveled to Rwanda on a Marion and Whiting Foundation Grant for the purpose of developing a course to be taught in Rwanda on Rwandan society and genocide. The grant also helped her launch research on rescue during the Rwandan genocide. She has also presented at the biennial Summer Institute on the Holocaust sponsored by the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies since 2002 as well as a number of other Holocaust institutes and conferences. She currently serves on the Holocaust Studies Minor Council and the Cohen Centers Advisory Board.