Barbara R. Walters, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at Kingsborough Community College and Academic Director of the SPS BA in Sociology Program. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, M.A. degrees in Sociology and Musicology, plus a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As a graduate student at Stony Brook, she was a recipient of an NIMH Methodology Traineeship, a Fellow at the SUNY Research Program in Paris at the Center for Literature and Culture in Paris, and the recipient of an NIMH Research-in-Service post-doctoral award in Psychiatry for her project in Sexual Identity and Cognitive Development. Before joining the faculty at Kingsborough in 1997, Barbara worked in a variety of settings: corporate, state government and academic. She was recognized as a Community Leader of America for her contributions to the Virginia Board of Health Professions, the Virginia Opera Board of Directors, as a founding member of the Virginia Women’s Political Caucus and other community work.
Books by Dr. Walters include: The Politics of Aesthetic Judgment -- an empirical analysis of the changing art world and patrons with "modern" art shaping the site of struggle for status and power among different groups, especially recently assimilated Jews in fin-de-siècle France --and The Feast of Corpus Christi, with Vincent Corrigan and Peter T. Ricketts, which presents a complete set of source materials for the feast, including multiple versions of the original Latin liturgy, a set of poems in Old French and their English translations, and includes complete transcriptions of the music associated with the feast. Her refereed journal articles have appeared in the Journal of Implicit Religion, Sociology of Religion, Contemporary Sociology, Sociological Theory, Visual Sociology, Art and Text, and Sociological Symposium, plus a number in edited books published by academic presses, and she has presented scores of papers at local, regional, national and international conferences on both her scholarly research work and her teaching innovations.
At Kingsborough, Dr. Walters piloted the first WAC-Writing Intensive course in 1998, the first Blackboard assisted course in 1999, taught in the original ESL Intensive Learning Community, served as Academic Co-Director in the KCC Opening Doors Learning Community and was the co-founder (with Associate Provost Reza Fakhari) and first editor/mentor of Distinctions: An Honors Student Journal. Dr. Walters was the recipient of the first wave of the KCC President’s Awards. She was also honored with a CUNY Michael Ribaudo Information Technology Award for her work (with George Otte and the Communication and Culture Consortial Faculty) in the development of an online degree program for the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Introduction to Sociology (ESL, WI, hybrid, and online)Sociology of ReligionUrban SociologyIntroduction to Research Methods Sociological TheorySociology of CultureSenior Research
Vanderbilt UniversityB.A. Psychology, 1970
State University of New York at Stony BrookM.A. Sociology, 1973M.A. Musicology, 1996Ph.D. Sociology, 1978
State University of New York at Stony Brook -- PsychiatryNIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Sexual Identity Development and Cognitive Styles1976-77
CUNY School of Professional Studies, Graduate Center2006-PresentKingsborough Community College1997-PresentVanderbilt University1975-1976College of William and Mary1975-1976
Walters, Barbara R., Vincent Corrigan, and Peter T. Ricketts. 2006. The Feast of Corpus Christi. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Walters, Barbara R. 2003. The Politics of Aesthetic Judgment. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
Selected Articles and Papers:
Walters, Barbara R. 2014. Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, by Karen Ho. Journal of Implicit Religion. [Book Review: forthcoming]
Walters, Barbara R. 2013. The Sociology of Religion: A Critical Agenda, by Grace Davie. Journal of Implicit Religion Vol. 15. No. 1. [Book Review]
Walters, B. 2013. Liturgy as Implicit and Explicit Religious Vision. Denton Conference, Ilkley, UK.
Walters, Barbara R. 2012. Laureata plebs fidelis: A Victorine Sequence from the Feast of Corpus Christi in Thirteenth-Century Liège. Ed. Ann Buckley and Cynthia J. Cyrus. Music, Dance and Society: Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Memory of Ingrid G. Brainard. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute.
Walters, B., Ivan Araque, and Staci Murphy. 2012. Commemorating 9-11: A Civil Liturgical Moment. Denton Conference, Ilkley, UK.
Walters, B. and Marco Castro. 2012. Commemorating 9/11: Secularization, Sacralization and Implicit Religion in Downtown Manhattan. Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Association, New York, NY.
Walters, B. 2009. Author Meets Critic, Vatican II: A Sociological Analysis of Religious Change by Melissa J. Wilde. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Eastern Sociological Society. Baltimore, MD.
Bernhardt, W., Otte, G., Smiley, E., and Walters, B. 2010. The CUNY Online Baccalaureate: A Transformative Cyberspace. Ed. Judith Summerfield, Cheryl Smith, and Erin Martineau. Transformative Spaces: Designing Creative Sites for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. New York: Springer Publishing.
Walters, Barbara R. 2008. Safeguarding German-American Relations: Understanding and Accepting Mutual Differences, by Hermann Kurthen, Antonio V. Venéndez-Alarcón, and Stefan Immerfall. Contemporary Sociology Vol 37, No. 3. [Book Review].
Walters, Barbara R. 2008. Shaping a Monastic Identity: Liturgy and History at the Imperial Abbey of Farfa, 1100-1125, by Susan Boynton. Implicit Religion: Journal of the C.S.I.R.C.S. Vol. 11, No. 2 [Book Review].
Walters, Barbara. 2007. Teaching and Learning in the Online Baccalaureate. Online (April 2007)
Walters, B.R. 2005. Writing and Discussion Forums for Online Courses. Teaching Introduction to Sociology as a Hybrid Course: A Resource Manual. Ed. Lynn Harper Ritchey. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
Walters, Barbara R. 2005. "O verge de droiture ki de Jessé eissis" from the Mosan Psalters. in Ed. Ann Buckley and Dominique Billy. Melangé Peter T. Ricketts. Belgium: Brepols.
Walters, Barbara R. 2004. Church-Sect Dynamics and the Feast of Corpus Christi. Sociology of Religion65 (3). 7.
Walters, Barbara R. 2002. Women Religious Virtuosae from the Middle Ages: A Case Pattern and Analytic Model of Types. Sociology of Religion 63 (1).
Walters, B.R. 2001. Church. Readers' Guide to Sociology. Ed. Jonathan Michie. London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.
Walters, Barbara R., and Franceska B. Smith. 1998. Collaborative Projects and Intellectual Property: Teaching Writing Intensive Sociology. New York: 1998 NYSSA Annual Meeting Conference Proceedings.
Walters, B.R.. 1998. Liturgy and Civilizing Processes. Figurations 10.
Walters, B. R. 1996. Danny Lyon at Lowinsky Gallery. Review: Reviews and Previews of Current Exhibitions in New York. June 1996. [Exhibit Review]
Walters, B. R. 1996. Susan Fenton at Lowinsky Gallery. Review: Reviews and Previews of Current Exhibitions in New York. June 1996. [Exhibit Review]
Walters, B. 1994. Mexican Folk Retablos by G. Giffords. Visual Sociology 9 (1). [Book Review]
Walters, Barbara R., Emendations by Dudley Duncan. 1994. The Social Construction of the Senario and the Septimal Heresy: Response to Duncan. Sociological Theory 12 (3).
Walters, Barbara R. 1992. Pluralistic Approaches to Art by Blandy and Congdon. Visual Sociology 7 (2). [Book Review]
Walters, B. 1990. Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography by Bolton (Ed.) Visual Sociology 5 (2). [Book Review]
Online Course Sites
Introduction to Sociology (fully online)Analyzing Organizational Structure and Change (fully online)Contemporary Organizational Structure and Change (fully online)Studies in Communication and Cultural Change (fully online)Introduction to Research Methods (fully online)Sociology of CultureSociological Theory (with Lacey Sischo)Sociology of Religion (hybrid and online)Introduction to Sociology (hybrid)
Religion and CultureScholarship of Teaching and LearningTeaching with TechnologyGlobal Inequality, Gender, Children and Human DevelopmentCollective Memory and Human Rights
PSC-CUNY Research AwardHigh Impact Practices: Engagement and Retention
Connect to Learning: LaGuardia/FIPSE (Co-PI)ePortfolio, Engagement and Student Success
PSC-CUNY Research Award:Downtown and Bushwick: Contrasting Neighborhoods
Kingsborough Faculty Achievement AwardKingsborough Faculty Achievement Award
PSC-CUNY Research Award:Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century:Developing a Strategic Model
Making Connections: LaGuardia/FIPSE (Co-PI)e-Portfolio Mini-Grant (Cohort A)
The Michael Ribaudo Information Technology AwardKCC President’s Award
PSC-CUNY Research AwardThe Feast of Corpus Christi
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
Sloan -- CUNY Online Faculty
PSC-CUNY Research Award
KCC Scholarly and Applied Research Award
Community Leaders of America
Virginia Board of Health Professions, Service Award
NIMH Research-in- Service Award
Fellow, Center for Literature and Culture,
SUNY Research Program in ParisNIMH Methodology Traineeship
American Sociological Association Ethics Committee, 1987-89, Chair, 1989. Representative to National Council of State Associations, 1986 Teaching and Learning: Cooperative Initiatives Committee, 2005-06 ASA Council Representative, 2012-2014Eastern Sociological SocietyAAEEBL - Program Committee, 2010 -2013 Co-Chair, Program Committee 2013Medieval Academy of AmericaAssociation for the Sociology of ReligionSociety for the Scientific Study of ReligionInternational Visual Sociology Association 1990-1996 Board Member 1990-1996Sociologists for Women in Society Founding Member, New York Chapter, 1972 Steering Committee, 2000 Chair, Membership Committee, 2000-2002
MusicPianoHikingTravelling and PhotographyContemporary Theology