Faculty Q&A: Brian Donovan

Name: Brian Donovan

Undergraduate Major: Sociology

Why did you become a professor?

I became a professor because it gives me an opportunity for life-long learning about important topics like gender inequality and violence. It allows me to share my passion for those issues with students of all backgrounds.

Why should someone study your subject?

Sociology gives you the tools needed to make a genuine difference in the world. It offers a front-row vantage point for the problems that plague modern society. Sociology gives us a way to think creatively and critically about those problems and, most importantly, it suggests solutions to them. Practically speaking, employers want to hire individuals who have the research, writing, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning skills possessed by sociology graduates.

Before graduating, every student should:

Visit their professors during office hours! We want to get to know you, learn what’s working and not working in the class, and help you succeed.

What is your favorite place on campus?

I love being in the Watson and Anschutz libraries, especially during finals week. You can feel the learning in the air.

My proudest accomplishment is:

I’ve had several proud academic accomplishments, but the moments I cherish the most are when a former student stops me somewhere in downtown Lawrence to tell me that my class changed their perspective on society and the world. It doesn’t get any better than that.