Mary Olson

Mary Olson

Professor of Sociology

212 College Hall
MOlson@cornellcollege.edu
(319) 895-4359

Cornell College
600 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
  •  M.S. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
  • B.A.in  Sociology/Philosophy, summa cum laude, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1975    

Current Position

  • Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Cornell College, 2001-present.

Prior Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Institute of Social and Management Studies, Antioch College. September, l989 to June, l990.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Social Science, College of Basic Studies, Boston University.  September, l985 to August l989.

Courses Taught

  • Sociological Thinking

  • American Indians: Culture, Activism, and Social Justice

  • The African American Civil Rights Movement through Film

  • Women: Oppressions and Resistances

  • Race and Ethnic Relations

  • Sociology of the Environment

  • Religion, Spirituality, and Community

  • Sociological Theory

Select Scholarly Work

  • Book and Film Reviews

    Great Falls:  Discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in a Massachusetts Town.  Review of DVD prepared for Bullfrog Films (a U.S. distributor of independent films), 2011.

    Susan Bordeaux Bettelyoun and Josephine Waggoner, With My Own Eyes:  A Lakota Woman Tells Her People=s History. (Edited by Emily Levine).  The Annals of Iowa.  Vol 58, No. 3.  (Summer) l999. 

  • Conference Papers and Publications:

    Native Americans, the Law, and Social Change:

    “Sovereignty and Self Determination:  Building a Native American Studies Course.”  Paper prepared for: The Future of Ethnic Studies- An Academic Summit.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.  February 25, 2011.

    “Restoration and Recovery:  Treaty Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest.”  Paper presented at the 2011 annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association.

    “Habitat and Harvest: Treaty Fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest.” Paper presented at the 2010 annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association.

    “Jurisdiction and the Struggle for Justice:  Treaty Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest.” Paper presented at the 2009 annual meetings of the National Association for Ethnic Studies.                                                                                                                                               "The Legal Road to Economic Development:  Fishing Rights in the Pacific Northwest." Pp. 77‑ll2 in C. Matthew Snipp (ed.) Public Policy Impacts on American Indian Economic Development. Institute for Native American Development, University of New Mexico  l989.