Patricia B. Christian, PhD Professor of Sociology

Patricia B. Christian, PhD

PhD, sociology, Brown University
MA, sociology, Brown University
AB, anthropology, Wellesley College

Phone: (716) 888-2878
E-mail: christia@canisius.edu

Patricia Christian, PhD is a sociologist whose teaching and research interests center around families, child care, and gender issues. She teaches two required courses for the sociology major, SOC111, Contemporary Social Problems, and SOC342, Research Methods. She also teaches various electives for the major, including SOC291, Gender and Society, SOC340, The City, and SOC390, Marriage and Family. She was an undergraduate major in anthropology at Wellesley College and did her graduate work in sociology at Brown University. As a Member of the Board of the Child Care Resource Network she helps in the operation of the local child care resource and referral agency. Her latest research project involves participant-observation at day care centers and interviews with parents of children in day care centers.


  • Child Care/Parenthood, Divorce, Dual Earning Couples, Mate SelectionEffects of TV on Children
  • Race, Gender, Class
  • Women Re-Entering Workforce