Christopher J Donoghue

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Assistant Professor, Sociology

Dickson Hall 312
973 655-7227
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B.A.:Seton Hall University
M.A.:Montclair State University
Ph.D.:Fordham University
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Christopher Donoghue is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. He joined the sociology department in 2012 after leaving Kean University where he had served as a tenured professor and program coordinator of Sociology and Anthropology. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Fordham University. At the start of his career, his research was focused on staff turnover and inequalities in nursing home care. This work appeared in journals on health policy and aging such as The Gerontologist, Research on Aging, The Journal of Applied Gerontology, Health Care Management Review and The Journal of Health and Social Policy.

His current work focuses on social psychological topics in elementary, middle school and high school education such as peer aggression, coping, deviant behavior, academic motivation and the acquisition of ethnic prejudice. In 2005 and in 2013, he published the results of the two most recent replications of Emory Bogardus' classic Social Distance Study with Vincent Parrillo. The 2005 paper showed a continuation of the trend toward greater acceptance among Americans toward people from 30 different ethnic and racial groups. The 2013 paper, published in Sociological Forum, is the first ever to indicate a reversal in the trend of greater acceptance.

Dr. Donoghue is an educational consultant for several public and private middle schools and high schools in New Jersey, focusing on school climate, bullying, and multicultural education. Currently he is serving as Principal Investigator of the School Climate Survey, a two-year project to assess the quality of school climate, and the levels of peer aggression and bullying in New Jersey schools. In this capacity, he has conducted public forums for parents, workshops for teachers, and presentations for school administrators. He is also the Program Evaluator for a New Jersey Personal Responsibility Education Program (NJPREP) grant that enables the administration of a program called "Reducing The Risk" to high school students in Jersey City and Newark. This program is intended to reduce teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Donoghue teaches many courses in Sociology such as quantitative and qualitative methods, the sociology of aging, and poverty and social welfare policy. In 2011, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi. In 2012, he was elected Representative of the Northeast Region of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honors Society. He is an active member of the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society and an Associate Member of the National Association of School Psychologists. He also frequently serves as a peer-reviewer for several academic journals.

Recent Publications

Donoghue, Christopher. (Forthcoming) The Acquisition of Ethnic Prejudice Among Young Children. In Diditi Mitra and Joyce Weil (Eds.), Race and the Lifecourse: Readings from the Intersection of Ethnicity and Age. Palgrave MacMillan Publishers.

Parrillo, Vincent and Christopher Donoghue. (2013) "The National Social Distance Survey: Ten Years Later." Sociological Forum, 28 (13).

Donoghue, Christopher and David Brandwein. (2012) “Improving Cultural Competence by Teaching Multicultural Education" The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 8, 2, 1-19.

Brandwein, David and Christopher Donoghue. (2011) "A Multicultural Grassroots Effort to Reduce Ethnic & Racial Social Distance among Middle School Students." Multicultural Education, 19, 38-43.\s

Donoghue, Christopher. (2010). “Nursing Home Staff Turnover and Retention: An Analysis of National Level Data.” Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29, 89-106.

Donoghue, Christopher and Nicholas Castle. (2009). “Leadership Styles of Nursing Home Administrators and Their Association with Staff Turnover.” The Gerontologist, 49, 166-174.


Social Psychology of Education, Peer Aggression, Ethnic Prejudice, School Climate

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  • Thursday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm