Dr. Carla Hall Alphonso

Associate Professor of Sociology
B.A., Oglethorpe University
Ph.D., Tulane University

Dr. Alphonso teaches courses in Introductory Sociology, Social Problems, Marriage and the Family, Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Aging and the Welfare State, Sociology of Work and Occupations, Children and Divorce, and the American Welfare State.

Dr. Alphonso’s research interests include cross-national perceptions of the welfare state; siblings, birth order, and gender roles; and intergenerational conflict. She recently completed serving as editor of The Southern Demographic News, the newsletter of the Southern Demographic Association.

Her personal interests include camping, hiking, reading, greyhounds, and baking.

Dr. Robert H. Freymeyer


Professor of Sociology
Chair of the Sociology Department
Director of Undergraduate Research
B.A., Vanderbilt University
M.A., William and Mary
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

His special areas of instruction include Introductory Sociology, Sociology of the Contemporary South, Urban Sociology, World Population Issues, Research Methods, and Field Inquiry. Dr. Freymeyer studies topics related to demography and southern culture and encourages his students in all of the courses he teaches to conduct their own research. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and frequently presents papers at professional meetings. Dr. Freymeyer served two terms as an elected Councilor for the Council of Undergraduate Research, a professional organization that supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. As the 2009 recipient of the Presbyterian College Faculty Scholarship Award, Dr. Freymeyer gave the keynote address for the 2010 Honors Day Symposium, an address entitled “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been.” In 2012, he served as President of the Southern Demographic Association. Dr. Freymeyer received the Martin L. Levin Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Sociological Society at its 2013 meeting. Currently, he edits The Southern Sociologist, the newsletter of the Southern Sociological Society.

He enjoys traveling with his wife Dr. Barbara Johnson, a Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina Aiken, and their two children. He recently visited Antarctica for his seventh continent and frequently uses examples from these travels in his classes.