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Jolene Sanders

Jolene Sanders

Associate Professor of Sociology

Tel: 301-696-3753
Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 314
Office hours: As noted on syllabus or by appointment.


  • Ph.D., American University
  • M.A., University of Baltimore
  • B.A., University of Maryland

Courses taught:

  • SOC 101 Principle of Sociology
  • SOC 215 Social Problems
  • SOC 216 Criminology
  • SOC 260 Research Methods

Research and teaching interests:

My general areas of interest include the sociological analysis of race, class, and gender applied to various social institutions (mostly healthcare and criminal justice) and social problems (addictions and deviance). My primary research interests and areas of publication revolve around women and substance abuse. I have published in the area of women and alcoholism and am currently working on research specific to women and drug addiction. Informed by my research, I have taught specialty courses such as Addictions and Women Crime.


  • Women in Alcoholics Anonymous: Recovery and Empowerment, 2009. First Forum Press, a division of Lynne Rienner Publisher, Inc.  
  • “Use of Mutual Support to Counteract the Effects of Socially Constructed Stigma: Gender and Drug Addiction. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 2012. Forthcoming.
  • “Feminist Perspectives on 12-Step Recovery: A Descriptive Analysis of Women in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2011, Vol. 29 No. 5, 357-378.
  • “Coming of Age: How Adolescent Boys Construct Masculinities via Substance Use, Juvenile Delinquency and Recreation.” Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 2011,Vo1.10, No. 1, 48-70.
  • “Acknowledging Gender in Women-only Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.” Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 1, 7-33.
  • “Women and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous: A Gendered Narrative.” Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2006, Vol. 24, No. 3.