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Faculty and Staff Profile

Brenda Vander Mey

Emeritus Faculty
Coordinator, MS Applied Sociology Program

Office: Brackett 123-D

Phone: 864.656.3821

Fax: 864.656.1252

Educational Background

Ph.D. Sociology
Mississippi State University 1984

MA Sociology
Mississippi State University 1981

BA Psychology
Trinity Christian College 1978

Courses Taught

This list is only for courses taught at Clemson:
Race & Ethnicity
Sex Roles
Men, Masculinity & Society
The Family
The Community
Marriage & Intimacy
People-Plant Linkages
Science, Technology & Environment
Environmental Sociology
Landscapes for Learning
Gardening and Youth Development
Social Problems
Rural Social & Environmental Problems
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Parenting


My Creative Inquiry project, People-Place-Sustainability, works with schools and communities in The Commonwealth of Dominica. Clemson students’ studies focus on the theme of the project as these relate to Small Island Developing states, and, specifically, as these have bearing on Dominica. Issues include food security, the needs of youth in developing countries, and community and environmental sustainability. We engage in collaborative, action projects with school children, teachers, community members and leaders, and volunteers on the island. The Clemson students represent a variety of majors; this is one of the strengths of the project. I serve on the Executive Board of the South Carolina Sociological Association. I have been nominated for the Frank Burtner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, the Master Teacher Award, and was Clemson’s nominee for the Lynton Award for Service Learning. I have served as advisor to Clemson’s Order of Athena Chapter of Mortar Board National Honor Society. In 2013 our chapter won two national awards.

Research Interests

Inequality; Globalization; Food Security; Environmental Issues; Workplace Culture; Health;Families and Communities; Developing Countries; Sustainability. These various interests intersect with and are intertwined with one another in a myriad of different ways, thus they cannot be seen as entirely separate research interests.

Research Publications

Wall-Bassett, Elizabeth D., Brenda Joyce Vander Mey, and Pamela Guiste. 2012. “Food security in three regions of Dominica: Baseline data and social epidemiological exploration.“ Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 7(2/3):224-238.

Fulkerson, Gregory M., Larry L. Burmeister, Brenda J. Vander Mey and Ronald C. Wimberley. 2009. “The Global Perceptions and Stances (GPS) Framework: Toward Clarifying Messy Global Outlooks in the United States.” Beliefs and Values, 1(2): 168-182.

Vander Mey, Brenda J., Solomon Pascal, Shelie Miller, Vanessa Dodd, and H. Bornholdt. 2008. “Place-based international service learning: Landscapes for Learning in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.” Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning, pp. 18-25. Clemson University, SC, Public Service Alliance.


Hunger in Focus, by JimStevenson, for Voice of America

Feeding Mouths and Minds by Dave Tobenkin, in International Educator

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