Assistant Professor of Sociology
George Washington University
Professor Fran Buntman’s primary teaching and research interests focus on prisons and other institutions of punishment and ‘correction’, law and power, and inequality, especially in the United States and South Africa. She is interested both in open and hidden expressions of power and resistance, and how social institutions tell us a great deal about our social values and commitments. Her teaching, research, and writing seek to integrate and facilitate inter-disciplinary dialogue between and among theory and practice, scholarly contribution and civic involvement, global and local realities. To these ends, Prof. Buntman emphasizes advising and mentoring students as well as teaching. She received two Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ awards for Advising and Teaching, specifically the 2012-2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Departmental Advising Award for 2012-2013 and the Robert W. Kenny Award for Excellence in Teaching an Introductory Course for 2013-2014. She is also the director of GW’s new interdisciplinary Law and Society minor and, for Spring-Summer 2014, the Faculty Director of the Brasilia Without Borders Innovative Leadership in a Transnational World Pre-College Program at GWU. Committed to public sociology, she contributes to public debate, including speaking about Nelson Mandela’s legacy on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show and for other news outlets, concerning theater and issues of justice through the Folger Shakespeare Library, Theater J, and GW’s National Civil War Project Conference. She is an active university and DC citizen, whether promoting student research, ethical and engaged Jewish communal life, diasporic connections, or improved public education.