Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Sociology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, P.O. Box 32B
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Amy Bellone Hite, PhD
Associate Professor and Head


Associate Professor of Sociology


Ph.D. University of Florida
Sociology, 2000
M.A. University of Florida
Urban and Regional Planning, 1991
B.A. University of Florida
Sociology, 1988


Popular Culture & Society (SOCI 1015)
Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1010)
Introduction to Criminology (SOCI 2020)
Deviance (SOCI 2042)
Sociological Theory (SOCI 3030)
Sociology of Aging (SOCI 3060)
Society & the Individual (SOCI 4000)


Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology of Popular Culture
Qualitative Research Methodology
Interpretive Sociology
Sociology of the Body


Before coming to Xavier in 2006, Christopher Faircloth was a National Institute on Aging Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Boston University Gerontology Center, a Senior Research Health Associate with the Veteran’s Administration Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center, and an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. In addition to his specializations in medical sociology/aging and social psychology, Faircloth’s graduate training also included an outside concentration in philosophy.

His primary research interests are in the “chronic illness experience,” health disparities, a sociology of the body, social psychology, and qualitative research methods. Faircloth’s numerous publications include edited volumes on the aging body, medicine and masculinity, and on the mind and medicine. In addition, he has published numerous articles and book chapters. In his health disparities research, most notably self-management of Type 2 Diabetes among lower socioeconomic status African Americans, Faircloth has had the opportunity to employ several Xavier students as research assistants.

Faircloth finds great joy in the opportunity to teach sociology in New Orleans, the most culturally unique city in America. For students, there is no better place to learn sociology, to serve and learn from a special community, a special city, and a special people—New Orleanians.


Marvasti, Amir and Christopher Faircloth. 2012. “Narrative and Genre in Qualitative Research: The Case of Romanticism.” In Qualitative Research: A Reader in Philosophy, Core Concepts, and Practice, edited by Barbara Dennis, Phil Carspecken, and Lucy Carspecken. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Faircloth, Christopher. 2011. “Disability, Impairment, and the Body.” In Routledge International Handbook of the Body, edited by Bryan S. Turner. Routledge: London.

Faircloth, Christopher. 2011. “After the Interview: What is left at the End.” In The Interview Handbook, 2nd Edition, edited by James Holstein, Jaber Gubrium, Karyn McKinney Marvasti, and Amir Marvasti. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Rosenfeld, Dana and Christopher Faircloth (Eds.). 2006. Medicalized Masculinities. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Faircloth, Christopher, Craig Boylstein, Maude Rittman, and Jaber Gubrium. 2005. “Constructing the Stroke: Sudden-Onset Narratives of Stroke Survivors.” Qualitative Health Research: Special Issue on Narrative and Discourse. 15:928-941.

Rosenfeld, Dana and Christopher Faircloth. 2004. “Embodied Fluidity and the Commitment to Movement: Constructing the Moral Self Through Arthritis Narratives.” Symbolic Interaction 27(4):507-529.

Faircloth, Christopher (Ed.). 2003. Aging Bodies: Images and Everyday Experience. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press.

Contact Information

530 Xavier South
Direct Line: 504-520-7399
Email Address: cfairclo@xula.edu