Tanja St. Pierre
I grew up in Lübeck, Germany, a historic and picturesque town on the Baltic Sea. In many ways, the University Park campus and surrounding communities remind me of growing up in Europe: the many sidewalks, coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques within close walking distance.
I came to Penn State as a graduate student in sociology. I discovered sociology as a discipline as an undergraduate student. It helped me to better understand other people around me, as well as myself. I was soon intrigued to find out more about how factors such as social class, age, race and ethnicity, religion, and more, determine our life chances, attitudes, and even our educational outcomes and experiences. My graduate research focused on religion and attitudes, low-fertility in developed nations, and welfare migration. I have taught introductory sociology classes, as well as Social Problems, Social Theory, Work and Occupations, Sociology of Aging, and Gender Roles here at Penn State. I am passionate about working with students, and I am excited to continue my work as a DUS academic adviser!
In my free time I enjoy traveling with my husband and kids, especially to Europe! My three kids are all passionate musicians, each playing two instruments (including the violin, classical guitar, electric guitar, and the piano). We enjoy listening to music and attending all sorts of different concerts and performances together. I love taking long walks with my Golden Retriever, Cooper, to relax after a busy work week.
- B.A. in Sociology with a minor in German, Villanova University
- M.A. in Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
Senior Undergraduate Studies Adviser
Office: 103 Grange Building