William E. Wagner, III, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State University, Channel Islands. Prior to coming to CSU, Channel Islands, he served as a member of the faculty and Director of the Institute for Social and Community Research at CSUB. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Wagner also holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He has published in national and regional scholarly journals on topics such as urban sociology, sports, homophobia, and academic status. Dr. Wagner is co-author of Adventures in Social Research, 7 th Edition (Babbie, Halley, Wagner, & Zaino, 2010)
Jeanne Zaino, earned a bachelorï¿½s degree in political science at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Upon graduation, she remained in Storrs to get a masters degree in survey research and work as a research assistant at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. She went on to earn a masters degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she is currently ABD and completing work on her Ph.D. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, while at UMass she worked as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Social and Economic Research (MISER). Upon completing her course work at UMass, she relocated to Westchester County, New York, where she taught a variety of courses at several area colleges, including: research methods, computer-based data analysis, statistics, American politics and government. She recently joined the faculty at Iona College, New Rochelle, where she is serving as an Assistant Professor in the History and Political Science Department. She and her husband Jeff, are the proud parents of a four year-old son, Maxim.
Earl R. Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, although he chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, growing up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After three years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. He retired from teaching in 2006 and moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, the next year. Although an author of research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many textbooks he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association throughout his career for 25 years and served on the ASAï¿½s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association. He is married to Suzanne Babbie, a joyful partner in all aspects of his life, and he has a son, Aaron, who would make any parent proud. As partial proof, Aaron and his wife, Ara, produced the world's two greatest grandchildren: Evelyn and Henry.