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Eugene Labovitz, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Eugene Labovitz, PhD, taught at California State University at Fullerton, University of Puget Sound, and San Diego State University from 1970 to 1976 before joining the USD faculty in 1976, and for the next 26 years was a member of the Department of Sociology.  He spent one year on phased retirement, retiring in Spring 2003.  He served as Sociology Area Coordinator, Anthropology and Sociology Department Chair, Sociology Department Chair, Ethnic Studies Coordinator, and was also Chair of the Social Issues Committee, and Chair of the Social Conscience Committee for the Pacific Sociological Association.  He was the Faculty Advisor for the United Front Multicultural Center, Black Student Union, and Pride.


Professor Labovitz received his B.A. in Sociology from  California State University, Northridge, in 1966; his M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1968; and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, in 1972.  He also received a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of San Diego in 1981.

Scholarly and Creative Work

During his academic career, Professor Labovitz published articles in American Educational Research Journal, Pacific Sociological Review, The Sociological Quarterly, Urban Education, Elementary School Journal, and The Insurgent Sociologist.  He authored over sixteen research reports on Minority Isolated Schools in San Diego and other topics in education, presented over twenty papers at professional sociological meetings in topics relating to education, and co-authored a book on statistics.

Teaching Interests

Professor Labovitz's primary teaching interests lay in the areas of Sociology of Education, Ethnic Studies, Research Methods, and Statistics.  During his tenure at USD, he taught over fifteen different courses, including the Sociology of Education, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, Sociology of Sexual Orientation, Sociology of Diversity, Research Methods, Statistics, Social Stratification, Political Sociology, Urban Sociology, and Social Theory.  Many of the courses were new to the sociology curriculum at the time.