JANET P. GRIGSBY, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Professor Grigsby's research interests include social inequality, gender, the family and, most recently, service learning and the sociology of disaster. In the past she has studied the relationships between Barbadian domestic workers and their employers, attitudes toward affirmative action in England and the United States, newspaper coverage of the Civil Rights movement, and new reproductive technologies and adoption. At Union, she currently teaches courses on women's health & reproductive issues, demography, the sociology of disaster, as well as introductory sociology. She also teaches the department's Community Service Miniterm, which has been taking students to Louisiana each December to do hurricane recovery work. Professor Grigsby lives in the city of Schenectady, where she is on the board of the Schenectady Community Land Trust, an effort to increase home ownership among low-income residents.