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James Fenelon

Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change

Professor of Sociology

Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Sociology and Anthropology


  2. Phone: (610) 328-7334
  3. Lang Center 202
  4. Office Hours:

    By appointment or email
    Tuesdays, 1:00- 2:30pm
    Thursdays, 2:00- 3:30pm


Ph.D., Sociology, Northwestern University, 1995
C.A.S., Advanced Studies, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1991
M.A.T., Teaching Languages, School for International Training, 1983
M.I.A., Intercultural Management, School for International Training, 1981
B.A., Communication Arts, Loyola Marymount University, 1978

Selected Publications and Activities

Fenelon, J., & Alford, J. (2020). Envisioning Indigenous Models for Social and Ecological Change in the Anthropocene. Journal of World-Systems Research26(2), 372-399. 

Redskins? Sports Mascots, Indian Nations and White Racism, Routledge, 2017.

“Immigration as Racial Dominance since 1492" in Migration, Racism and Labor Exploitation in the World-System; editors: Denis O’Hearn and Paul Ciccantell (Routledge, 2021)   

Professor Fenelon is Lakota/Dakota, Gaelic Irish and Norsk, having taught internationally, with indigenous peoples globally, and with urban groups.  James teaches on urban inequality, social movements, Native Nations, race and racism, social movements, worked with the Urban Conservation Corps, the California Indian Nations College, and recently on Environmental Water research with the Water Resources Policy Institute for the CSU. He is an advocate for social justice around the world.

Teaching and Research Interests

Indian Nations & Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples; Inequality focus on race/ethnicity, class and social policy; World systems analysis of global change, Urban & Political; International/Intercultural and Environmental issues, Globalization.

Courses Teaching