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James A. Monsonis

Faculty Emeritus in Economics and Sociology


BA, Yale University
MA, PhD, the New School for Social Research
M.S.W., Adelphi University

Dr. Monsonis also studied at Yale Divinity School. He was active in civil rights and political movements in the early 1960s as well as in neighborhood organizations in Brooklyn, where he taught sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His research includes field work in Guyana, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Jamaica. He has written on the anthropological theory of cultural and social pluralism, on ethnic images in modern painting, and on the history of social theory. He received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a summer seminar for college teachers on African politics at Yale University in 1985 and was a participant in a seminar for visiting scholars at New York University in 1989 on the topic of race and nationality in American life. He has been involved with social welfare and child abuse programs in Berkshire County and has served as sponsor of the Parents Anonymous chapter in Great Barrington. (1978–2003)