Dr. Roger Nemeth

Professor of Sociology
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Dr. Roger Nemeth joined Hope’s sociology and social work department in 1983. During his 35+ years at the college he has served in several capacities, including as the first director of Hope College’s Frost Research Center and an exchange professor at Meiji Gakuin University (Hope’s sister college in Tokyo, Japan). He currently serves as the chairperson for the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Roger has conducted comparative research in Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa and the Philippines. He has also lead student study abroad programs to Japan, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Romania and South Africa. Roger teaches the department’s methods for social research class, environmental sociology, urban sociology and the advanced research seminar. His current research interest centers on the use of narratives to study the impacts of conflicts, peace and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa.

Roger is a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran who was honorably discharged.


  • Ph.D., sociology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • M.A., sociology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • B.A., history, economics and sociology, Western Michigan University


  • NIHCD Pre-Doctoral Population Fellow
  • East–West Center Population Institute Fellow
  • Fulbright Fellow, Republic of Korea
  • Joseph J. Malone Faculty Fellow, American University – Cairo, Egypt
  • Elected President of the Michigan Sociological Association
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Recipient, Michigan Sociological Association
  • Marvin Olsen Memorial Award Recipient, Michigan Sociological Association
  • Hope College Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award Recipient
  • Hope College Simon Den Uyl Research Award Recipient
  • Research grant recipient from the Exxon Educational Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, Knight Educational Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Freeman Foundation, and GLCA
  • Co-editor of two books and author/co-author of over three dozen articles
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Dr. Roger Nemeth

Phone Number616.395.7964

VanZoeren 264 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3617
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