Dr. Warren Waren is the newest member of the Sociology Department at UCF and comes to us from Loyola University New Orleans. Like many of his students at the Cocoa Campus, Dr. Waren was a non-traditional student who balanced work and study. After completing his Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Oklahoma he worked in advertising, pollution control monitoring, and also as a professional musician in Nashville. Dr. Waren completed his Master’s in Sociology at the University of Arkansas and his PhD at Texas A&M with an emphasis on demography and quantitative techniques.
Dr. Waren’s research examines the social inequality between minority groups using demographic techniques. His current project investigates income inequality between hetero- and homosexual women in the United States. Although some previous research indicated that homosexual women earn more, Dr. Waren and his colleague discovered that homosexual women were actually paid less by their employers. However, when considering earnings from investments and business ownership, homosexual women earned more on average than heterosexual women. These high earnings accounted for the earlier findings. Dr. Waren is also an active researcher in the areas of residential segregation, the experiences of Latino day laborers in post Katrina New Orleans, voluntarily childless men, and the role of music in social movements.
In the fall semester of 2010 Dr. Waren will be teaching Applied Social Statistics (SYA 3400C), Research Methods (SYA 4300C), and Race and Ethnicity (SYD 3700).
Statistics is one of the primary tools used by social scientists to demonstrate differences between groups, the efficiency of social policies, and to identify and isolate the contributing factors of many social processes. The course on research methods emphasizes that knowledge comes from good research. And good research comes from good data. And good data come from rigorous research design and implementation.
The course on race and ethnicity will do much more than just present a history of race in the United States. Rather, it will highlight the recurring patterns sociologists see across many cultures that result in the development of groups of “us” vs. “them”. In the spring semester, Dr. Waren will teach a course on the Sociology of Music.