"To empower people, you need to know their histories and concerns; you need to know the dialogues going on in their communities. Sociology has given me the tools to help empower others to make change in their community."

Ricardo Maldonado
Sociology, B.A. ’02
Executive Director of Paradise Center for Tolerance and Nonviolence, Paradise, California Hometown: Bakersfield, California

HSU Sociology Alumni

Alumni in the field

Graduates of the Sociology Department at HSU are ready for the real world the moment they receive their diplomas. Whether their futures take them directly into the field or into graduate studies, our alumni excel where ever they go.

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HSU Public Sociology Alumni

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Recent Alumni Updates

Ali R Chaudhary, 2002 B.A. and 2009 M.A.

Ali R. Chaudhary, 2002 Sociology and 2009 Sociology, earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, in 2015. He is currently a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford and enjoying life in the U.K. with his wife Rebecca Kellawan and their newborn son, Miles Ali Chaudhary. In January 2017, they will move to New York City, when Ali will take up his position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Ali R. Chaudhary, MA-2009

Ali R. Chaudhary, 2009 Sociology, went on to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Davis. In 2013, Chaudhary advanced to candidacy and started dissertation research on migrant-serving non-profit organizations in London, Toronto and New York. While conducting fieldwork, Chaudhary has been hosted as a visiting scholar at the Munk School of Global Affairs, the University of Toronto and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In fall 2013 Chaudhary was a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford’s International Migration Institute. Chaudhary’s first sole-authored, peer-reviewed journal publication will appear in the International Migration Review in summer 2014.

Maila L (Felper) Ogden, Spring 1992

I have been been working in the social work field for over 20 yrs and I recently changed jobs. I now work as a Hospice Social Worker in Southern California(High Desert).  I love the opportunity to be a part of the end of life journey.  I have been married for the past 9 yrs and love living in Wrightwood(Angeles National Forest). I also Volunteer for Angeles National Forest Grassy Hollow Visitors Center.

Rodney L Merrill, 1975

Earned the PhD in Social Science in 2011 at Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Melanie Bettenhausen, 2005

Promoted to Outreach Director at the North Coast Co-op. Now responsible for Marketing & Membership. I use my background in Sociology (specifically what I learned at HSU) to inform my work in the community around access issues (food, bathroom, exercise, etc.)

Donny Triplat, 1992

Currently birthing a native landscape business after 12 years research forestry, 5 years environmental restoration, 5 years arborist work, and 10 years of service in the Food industry catering and working in fine dining restaurants.  Blend this all with a passion for personal healing work; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  What has come of this is a project that my wife and I are creating: Truckee River Sanctuary where we grow food, raise poultry, and have built a Kiva to share with our community to build relations amongst people that want to grow and create new ways of living within our decaying social systems of life.  It’s really a place to connect and grow.  I’ve been busy.

Shelli Maher-Sarchett, 2002

I am in my 7th year as the Assistant Softball Coach here at Humboldt State University.

Jessica Poletski, 2009

I received my Master of Arts in Teaching degree in May of this year from Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. I reside in the Portland area and work for Head Start.

Nicholas J Osborne, 2004

In 2010, I completed my doctorate in educational administration and leadership at the University of California-Davis. I was recently hired at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Veterans Programs. My research areas include veterans, emotional intelligence and community-building, and gender –specifically men and masculinities. I miss the sacred and tranquil Humboldt region!

Craig Bashore, 1970

I recently retired for the second time and my wife, Debbie and I moved from Palm Springs, California to Astoria, Oregon. We are glad to be back “ in the rain”.

Dawn Arledge, 2002

Was chosen to receive an “Award of Excellence” from the California Office of Traffic Safety & the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for work to reduce the number of young people injured or killed in car crashes.

Rob Slaten, 1989

Have two boys, Jack and Harry.

Craig Bashore, 1970

My wife and I retired and moved to Astoria, Oregon in July 2010.

Shelli Maher-Sarchett, 2002

I guess I should of updated sooner. I have been back on HSU’s campus for 6 years now. I am the assistant softball coach now after playing here in the late 90’s when HSU Softball won their first national championship