Dr. Joanne Roberts


Dr. Joanne Roberts, professor and chair of the HSU Department of Sociology in the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

She earned a Master of Science in sociology at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas, and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She completed additional study at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Roberts’ research interests are in the areas of family rituals and family and religion. She is an active member of the National Council on Family Relations where she serves as the chair of the Religion and Family Section. She is also the membership chair for both the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family and the Texas Council on Family Relations.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Texas A&M University, 1976
  • Master of Science, Sociology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 1982
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Texas, 2002
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • University and College Accountability Network