Dr. Karen M. Gagne is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Historical Sociology from Binghamton University in 2008. Her dissertation was entitled “Fiction as a Guerilla Activity: Black Studies Towards a New Human Science.” She is interested in rethinking education and studying humans in the 21st Century using Sylvia Wynter’s “Black Studies Alterity Perspective” as a model for the Human Studies. Karen comes to St. Lawrence University from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she taught Sociology, Anthropology and Ethnic Studies since 2008. Her courses at St. Lawrence include: Social Problems and Policy, Sociology of Sex and Gender, and Rural Sociology.