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George Danns, Ph.D.

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Title: Professor, Sociology
Phone: 678-717-3461
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Office: Strickland 125, Gainesville

Overview

George K. Danns is a Professor of Sociology, University of North Georgia, Gainesville GA. He has a PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Latin America and the Caribbean. He served as Chair Department of Sociology, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences, and Director of Resource Mobilization and Planning at the University of Guyana. He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan. He was also a Lecturer in the Department of Management, School of Business San Diego State University. Dr. Danns was an Editor of the Rose Sociological Series, American Sociological Association and Managing Editor of the Journal Transition of the University of Guyana.

He was Director, Center for Economic & Social Research & Action (CESRA) in Guyana. He served as a social science research consultant to numerous international organizations including United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Organization of American States (OAS), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP), Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF), Family Health International (FHI), and also the Government of Guyana. He has conducted extensive research on Guyana and the Caribbean and has publications in areas such as race and ethnic minorities, community development, political leadership, military, police and national security, social movements, environmental and natural disasters, homicide, youth, women, and child labor. Among his publications are: Domination and Power in Guyana, Transaction Books, 1982; Race and Economic Power among East Indians in Guyana, with Marlon M. Mentore in Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean 1994, University of the West Indies; Tomorrow's Adults: A Situational Analysis of Youth in the Commonwealth Caribbean with Ivan Henry & Patrice La Fleur, Commonwealth Secretariat1997. The Indigenous Condition in Guyana, with Desrey Fox, University of Guyana 1993. The Power of the Powerless: A study of Social Movements in a Third World Reality, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. August 1986; Leadership and Corruption: An Analysis of Emergent Post Colonial Rule in the Caribbean, Transition, IDS, University of Guyana.1980; The Role of the Military in the National Security of Guyana, in Militarization in the Non Hispanic Caribbean, Lynne Reiner Publishers, Inc. 1987, Guyana Border Disputes, Institute Latin Americana de Estudios Transnaccionales, Santiago Chile, August 1986. The Shadow of Death: A Study of Suicide in Guyana, CESRA, Guyana 2000; and, The Shaping of the Foreign Policy of a Developing Nation - The Case of Guyana, Meeting of International Relations Working Group of Consejo De Clencias Sociales (CLASCO), Puerto Rico, January 26-28, 1988. Recent works include Small States Big Leaders: An Analytic Review of Studies on Eric Williams, Cheddi Jagan and Vere Bird. CLR James Journal 2012; Politics, Corruption and the Police”, in Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Postcolonial State, edited by Aaron Kamugisha,  lan Randle Press forthcoming 2014. Political Parties in Guyana and CLR James’s Party Politics in the West Indies” CLR James Journal 2014. “The Impact of Identity, Ethnicity and Class on Guyana’s Strategic Decision Making” Guyana Strategic Culture Workshop, Florida International University Applied Research Center/SOUTHCOM, October 2011.

Courses Taught

Courses taught include introduction to sociology, social problems, deviance and social control, sociological theory, applied sociology, social science research methods, political sociology, race and ethnicity, marriage and the family, nonprofit organizations and the community, organizational behavior, social movements, issues in Caribbean society, modernization and social change, social psychology, advanced social work practice, and people and society.

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • M.A., Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B. Soc. Sc., Social Sciences - Distinction, University of Guyana

Research/Special Interests

  • Race and Ethnic minorities
  • Protest and Social Movements
  • Community Development
  • Political Leadership
  • Marriage and the family
  • The Underground Economy
  • Military, Police, National Security
  • Social Policy and Social Welfare
  • Women and Development
  • Child victims of Prostitution, and Child sexual abuse
  • Street Children and Children in Institutions
  • Youth in the Caribbean
  • Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Suicide
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Environment and Natural Disasters

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