Social Sciences Faculty

Margaret Bussigel

Professor of Sociology

Division of Social Sciences


Bachelor of Arts, Barnard College
Master of Regional Planning, Cornell University
Dr  paed, University of Dortmund, Germany

Office: Whittaker Hall, Room 206
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Office Phone:  845-569-3168


Soc 1010: Introduction to Sociology


Professor Bussigel's career has focused on both teaching and research. She enjoys helping students acquire the skill of applying sociological perspectives to understanding the world around them.

Professor Bussigel has also engaged in research which has a clear connection to pedagogy. She recently completed a project, funded by the Department of Social Services, evaluating an innovative approach to providing services for victims of domestic violence. A follow-up project, to begin next year, will focus on the identification of goals by providers of services to domestic violence victims.

Professor Bussigel is currently working on a research project on the causes of homelessness and the outcomes of services targeting the homeless population. All of her research is collaborative, and provides students in the division with an opportunity to gain significant research experience.

Her educational experiences – degrees in anthropology, regional planning and educational planning – have led her to a focus on innovation and social planning. Professor Bussigel's doctoral dissertation, supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, examined the community response to a major re-structuring of secondary education in Hessen, Germany. She also completed an analysis of innovations in U.S. medical education while working at the Center for Educational Development at the University of Illinois Medical School.

 Portrait of Margaret Bussigel