Dr. Mark Sherry

Professor of Sociology,

Dept. Sociology & Anthropology, University of Toledo MS 956, 2801 W Bancroft St. Toledo OH 43606 USA


My work

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I have published many books and journal articles, and have given talks in many countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Malta and Poland.  I have also appeared on the news in television, radio and newspapers in a number of countries, and in two movies about disability. 

I am a former Chair of the Disability Section of the American Sociological Association. I  also write on labor and work issues, and was the Editor of the American Sociological Association's Labor Section Newsletter for two years.


Current students


I am presently Chairing the committee of three Masters of Sociology students: Solomon Amoatey,  Edelweiss  Murillo Lafuente, and Angela Nieuwkoop. Solomon's work involves researching disability in Ghana, Edelweiss is researching disability in Bolivia, and Angela is researching the social determinants of cardiovascular disease in the U.S.  I presented two papers at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting in Boston in March 2019, and co-wrote two papers with each of Solomon, Edelweiss , Angela (8 papers in total for the conference). 

Past Students

I have supervised many students over the years.  I will give you a sense of the  breadth of their interests by listing some of them: 

- Ann Sifuentes: Homeless Veterans

- Anna Neller: Children of profound short stature

- Laurie Michaels: Farm Workers

- Peter Thomas: International students

- Aleiah Jones: Christian churches and sexuality

- Kristi Zeller: Female student athletes who play basketball

- Joanna Murphy: The representation of fatness in 30 Rock

- Lisa Yost: Blindness

- Debbie Arbogast: Paralympics

- Terri Stibaner: American Sign Language interpreters


I have organized many internships for my students.  For a few years, I was responsible for organizing internships for University of Toledo students at the Office of the Mayor of Toledo. I have also organized internships with other local government agencies, as well as community service groups. 



Classes I have taught

I began teaching in 1988 so I have taught many different classes since that time.

Some of the classes I have taught over the years include:

- Health and Gender

- Medical Sociology

- Social Inequality

- Sociology of Disability and Impairment

- Illness Narratives

- Sociology of Disability

- Postmodern Theory

- Body and Society

- Classical Theory

- ProSeminar

- Social Movements

- Social Psychology

- Classical Theory

- Research Methods




As Editor of the Routledge Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Series, I receive submissions from authors regularly, and often mentor the authors from the proposal stage through to publication.


As a former Master Teacher and winner of the Outstanding Professor award at the University of Toledo, I have also mentored professors who are new to teaching.