Faculty Profile

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Raphael Mondesir

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Email: mondesirr@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2394
Office: Alexander Hall 305

Education: PhD, University of Washington, 2017; MA, University of Washington, 2010; BS, Salem State University, 2005. At SPU Since 2017.

Raphael Mondesir spent three years as an adjunct instructor at SPU before joining the Sociology Department as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2017. He earned both his master’s and doctorate in sociology at the University of Washington. Before moving to Seattle for his graduate studies, Dr. Mondesir lived in Massachusetts where he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Salem State University.

His research agenda stands at the crossroads of economic sociology, the sociology of religion, global development studies, and political sociology. Dr. Mondesir is currently investigating how civic participation affects rural development in the absence of a central state and the role of religion in the structuration of civic networks. He also takes a particular interest in the role that NGOs and other organizations play in the aid channels that sustain global development. 

Much like his research, Dr. Mondesir’s teaching reflects a passion for debates about inequality, development processes, and the integration of marginalized groups. His lectures often focus on how the poor and downtrodden make decisions and express their agency under the weight of both visible and invisible power structures that are at play in their environment. One of his primary pedagogical goals is to gently challenge his students to confront their misconceptions about social inequality, discrimination, and privilege.

Please see Raphael Mondesir’s CV for more information.

Why I Teach at SPU

Raphael Mondesir, Instructor of Sociology

“I teach at SPU because I take great joy in making our students think about the controversies and chronic problems of our world from an intellectually informed position that is also steeped in Christian compassion, generosity, and openness. I truly believe that students who nurture their sociological imagination will become citizens who are more active, better informed, and more tolerant towards their fellow human beings — both in their own communities, and especially, outside them.”