Tamara Sniezek


Taram SniezekI grew up in the Central Valley where the almond blossoms, cow smells, endless canals and small town friendliness are memorable parts of my childhood.  Following the educational path many Central Valley students take, I attended a local high school, Turlock High School, Modesto Junior College and CSU Stanislaus.  I eventually flew out of the nest and transferred to UC Santa Cruz where I obtained my B.A. in Sociology and ultimately UCLA where I earned an M.A and PhD in Sociology.  I was excited at the opportunity, in 2004, to return to my roots and teach and research in Sociology at CSU Stanislaus. I love being back in the valley and working with some of the brightest and most interesting folks anywhere. I am a qualitative researcher who studies family, gender and intimate relationships.  I teach mostly upper division core sociology classes and I am the Faculty Advisor to the Hunger Network Club.  I frequently work with Sociology students and Hunger Network members to address poverty in the Central Valley and it is the most rewarding part of my job.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, UCLA, 2002
  • M.A. Sociology, UCLA, 1994
  • B.A. Sociology, UC Santa Cruz, 1992

Research Interests

  • Intimate Relationships
  • Weddings
  • Gender
  • Family
  • Qualitative Methods

Courses Taught

  • Classical Theory
  • Contemporary Theory
  • The Family
  • Hunger and Poverty
  • Thin and Fat: The Sociology of Eating Disorders
  • Gender and Power
  • Research Methods
  • Reserch Analysis
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Change
  • Sociology of Mental Health

Professional Memberships

  • Pacific Sociological Assocation
  • American Sociological Association
  • California Faculty Association

Contact Information

Building Location: Bizzini Hall 
See Building #2: Map

Office Location: C213D - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3478

E-mail: tsniezek@csustan.edu