Social Science

Cynthia Rolling, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Cynthia Rolling
Mazzuchelli Hall 109
(608) 663-2211


While completing her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cynthia Rolling began her career at Edgewood College where she has served as Associate Dean and as Professor in the Social Science Department teaching courses in Anthropology, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science. Her primary research interest is in the area of race and ethnicity. She has conducted research on German perceptions of Turkish Guestworkers; German immigrant Turnvereine in Wisconsin; the pedagogy of race and ethnic studies for White students; and heritage preservation issues among the Low Country Gullah Geechee people of the southeastern United States. Dr. Rolling is a recipient of the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Edgewood College Faculty Award for Excellence in Multicultural Education. She currently teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Race and Ethnicity; and Senior Social Science Seminar. Recalling the excitement of conducting original research as an undergraduate while working at the Detroit Historical Museum, she especially enjoys engaging with Social Science majors in the development of their capstone senior research projects.