Jennifer Turpin

Jennifer Turpin


Full-Time Faculty


Jennifer Turpin joined USF's faculty in 1991 after receiving her doctorate in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has received USF's Distinguished Teaching Award and the College Service Award, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from USF in 2015. She founded USF's Women's Studies Program and served as Chair of the Sociology Department before spending 17 years in the University administration, as Provost (2010-2015); Dean (2003-2010); and Associate Dean (1997-2003).

The San Francisco Business Times named her one of the most influential women in the Bay Area in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and "forever influential” in 2015. The Northern California Girl Scouts named her one of the top 100 women “greening" the region. She has served the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in several capacities, as a member of the planning committee for the AJCU Chief Academic Officers’ group and as a member of the Academic Committee for Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins.

Her research addresses the causes and consequences of violence, the role of gender in warfare, the sociology of the Cold War, and the impact of Russian media on the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. She has published several books, including Reinventing the Soviet Self (Praeger); The Web of Violence (co-edited with Lester R. Kurtz, University of Illinois Press); The Women and War Reader (co-edited with Lois Ann Lorentzen, NYU Press); The Gendered New World Order (co-edited with Lois Ann Lorentzen, Routledge); Rethinking Peace (co-edited with Robert Elias, Lynne Rienner), and the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (co-edited with chief editor Lester R. Kurtz, Academic Press), and numerous articles, book chapters, and papers at professional meetings.

Professor Turpin served as Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict as well as the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She has served on a Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation team and as a program reviewer for institutions such as the Catholic University of Ecuador and the University of Limerick, Ireland.

She is currently involved in several higher education networks, including the Centre on Critical Thinking based in Hungary and Spain.

PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
The causes and consequences of violence
The role of gender in warfare
The sociology of the Cold War
The impact of Russian media on the dissolution of the former Soviet Union
Selected Publications

Turpin, Jennifer. (1995) Reinventing the Soviet Self: Media and Social Change in the Former Soviet Union. Praeger.

Awards & Distinctions

USF's Distinguished Teaching Award

College Service Award