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Jolene Sanders

Jolene Sanders

Associate Professor of Sociology

Tel: 301-696-3753
Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 314
Office hours: As noted on syllabus or by appointment.


  • Ph.D., American University
  • M.A., University of Baltimore
  • B.A., University of Maryland

Courses taught:

  • SOC 101 Principle of Sociology
  • SOC 215 Social Problems
  • SOC 216 Criminology
  • SOC 260 Research Methods

Research and teaching interests:

My general areas of interest include the sociological analysis of race, class, and gender applied to various social institutions (mostly healthcare and criminal justice) and social problems (addictions and deviance). My primary research interests and areas of publication revolve around women and substance abuse Informed by my research, I teach special-topic courses including Addictions and Women & Crime. My interests are also reflected in my service as a co-editor to the journal "Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly."


  • Women in Narcotics Anonymous. Overcoming Stigma and Shame, 2014. Pelgrave Macmillan, a division of St. Martin's Press LLC, New York, NY.
  • Linking Past to Present: Forecasting the Feminist Focus on Women and Substance Abuse Treatment. In Feminism: Perspectives, Stereotypes/Misperceptions and Social Implications, 2014, pp. 1-17. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY. 
  • "Gendered Members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Varieties of Spiritual Experience in Recovery. "Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2014, Vol. 32, No. 2-3, 248-270.
  • “Use of Mutual Support to Counteract the Effects of Socially Constructed Stigma: Gender and Drug Addiction. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 2012. 
  • “Feminist Perspectives on 12-Step Recovery: A Descriptive Analysis of Women in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2011, Vol. 29 No. 5, 357-378.
  • “Coming of Age: How Adolescent Boys Construct Masculinities via Substance Use, Juvenile Delinquency and Recreation.” Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 2011,Vol.10, No. 1, 48-70.
  • “Acknowledging Gender in Women-only Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.” Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 1, 7-33.
  •  Women in Alcoholics Anonymous: Recovery and Empowerment, 2009. First Forum Press, a division of Lynne Rienner Publisher, Inc. 
  • “Women and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholic Anonymous: A Gendered Narrative.” Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2006, Vol. 24, No. 3.