Dr. Mathew Kanjirathinkal

Dr. Mathew Kanjirathinkal

Professor of Sociology

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Ph.L. – Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune, India (Philosophy)
S.T.L. – Pontifical Athenaeum, Pune, India (Theology)
M.A. – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (Counseling and Personnel)
Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (Sociology)

Administrative Experience:

2010 – 2017    Vice President for Academic Affairs, Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa.
2003 – 2008    Founding Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies and Professor of Sociology, Park University, Parkville, MO. 
2000 - 2003    Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Texas A&M University-Commerce.
1999 - 2000    Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M University - Commerce
1994 – 1999   Department Head, Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Texas A&M University - Commerce

Teaching interests

My current teaching interests are in sociology, cultural studies, global studies, and studies in non-violent social change. In the past I have taught courses in criminal justice, criminal law, criminal procedures, corrections, Juvenile delinquency, and criminology. I have also taught courses in philosophy, which included Indian philosophy, philosophy of God, philosophy of human nature, and epistemology.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in critical theory (Frankfurt School), hermeneutics, post-colonialism, modernity/post modernity, imperialism, and global issues. I believe fruitful lines of inquiry are abundant at the intersection of disciplines rather than within the narrow confines of particular disciplines that are the products European colonial and imperial interests. I also believe that accessible scholarship should address pubic issues, particularly the issues of violence and war, intolerance, racism, and the historical legacies of Western colonialism and help bring together people of different cultural traditions and backgrounds.


Books: Simmel, Sociology: Inquiries into the Construction of Social Forms, Two Volumes, (translated from the 1908 Edition of Georg Simmel’s classic, Soziologie: Untersuchungen Über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung) Brill, 2009. (with Tony Blasi and Anton Jacobs). Her Voices: Hermeneutics of the Feminine, University Press, 1996. (with Fabio Dasilva, Editors). Politics at the End of History, Peter Lang, 1993. (with Fabio Dasilva, Editors). A Sociological Critique of Theories of Cognitive Development, The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990. Communication and the Foundations of the Social Sciences: Contributions of Peirce, Apel and Habermas, Emporia State Research Studies, Emporia State University Press, 1990. Authored over 50 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, published in reference works.


Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, German, Syriac, and Malayalam.

Intercultural Experience

India, Germany: Research Fellowship - Eberhard Karls Universität, Tubingen. Travelled widely to other regions of Asia and Europe.

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