Elizabeth Piatt, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology

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My teaching philosophy is reflective of my firm belief in the value of a liberal arts education and lifelong learning, as well as my love of the sociological perspective. As a sociologist, I have to teach students about that perspective. But, I think it is also important that my students develop transferable skills that employers value, written and oral communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving, and that they understand the importance of being engaged in their communities both at Hiram and at home.


Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Inequality
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of Mental Health/Mental Illness
  • Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • Inequality and Health
  • Work and Family

Fields of Interest

  • Medical Sociology
  • Inequality
  • Social Psychology
  • Community-Engaged Research


  • B.A., Kent State University
  • M.A., University of Akron
  • Ph.D., Kent State University


  • Piatt, Elizabeth, Mark Munetz and Christian Ritter. 2010. "An Examination of Premature Mortality Among Decedents with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and Those in the General Population." Psychiatric Services. 61: xx-xx.
  • Iris J. Meltzer, Elizabeth Piatt, James Fitzgibbon and Norman Jentner. 2008. "Prevalence of Substance Use Among Detained Youth: A Midwestern Experience." Journal of Adolescent Health 42: 2: 48.
  • James Boex, C. William Keck, Elizabeth Piatt, Thida Nita Nunthirapikorn, and Robert S. Blacklow. 2006. "Academic health centers and public health departments: partnership matters." in American Journal of Preventive Medicine 30: 1: 89-93.
  • Kristen Marcussen and Liz Piatt. 2005. "Race differences in the relationship between role experiences and well-being." health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness, and Medicine. 9: 3: 379-402.

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