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Desire J.M Anastasia


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Personal Biography Statement

Desiré J.M. Anastasia completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in sociology at Wayne State University in September 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences: Law & Society from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1999, and her Master of Liberal Arts in Women’s Studies from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti in 2001. She also received her 200-RYT certification from Samadhi Center for Yoga & Meditation in April 2014. Her areas of research specialization include sociology of the body, gender inequality, intimate partner violence, the practice of yoga, social control, and criminological theory.

She has taught Women’s Studies at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and at San Diego State University, Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Criminal Justice at San Diego State University, and Sociology at the University of San Diego. Desiré is currently a full-time, tenure-track professor of Sociology at Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as an online/hybrid instructor for a criminal justice course at San Diego State University and a private yoga instructor in the Denver area. In addition to the above, she has also been a grant writer for the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in San Diego and a research director for a social marketing company in downtown San Diego,

Desiré has also given more than three dozen conference presentations on her research at the local, regional, and national level in the U.S., and in internationally in Canada. Conferences/Annual Meetings include the American Sociological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the American Society of Criminology.

Courses Taught


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Current Semester Schedule

30758 SOC-1010-013 Introduction to Sociology TR 1530-1645
31863 SOC-3320-001 Sociological Thry: Past & Prs MW 1400-1515
32102 SOC-1010-015 Introduction to Sociology TR 1730-1845
34360 SOC-3460-001 Sociology of Sexuality MW 1730-1845
34378 WMS-346B-001 Sociology of Sexuality MW 1730-1845
34719 SOC-3500-007 Criminology TBA TBA-TBA
34720 SOC-3510-008 Juvenile Delinquency TBA TBA-TBA