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Sara J. Tomczuk, Ph.D.

Term Assistant Professor of Support Services 




  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Washington
  • B.A. Sociology and History, The College of New Jersey


  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Innovative Pedagogy
  • Qualitative Methods


  • Work in progress: “An Ethnic Relations Approach to Romani Activism in Central Europe: Framing, Strategies, and Assessing Potential Threat.”
  • Tomczuk, Sara J. 2019. “Interethnic contact in integrated churches: Mediation without transformation of majority-Roma relations in Central Europe.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 5(1):115-129.
  • Tomczuk, Sara J. 2016. “Contention, consensus, and memories of communism: Comparing Czech and Slovak memory politics in public spaces, 1993-2012.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 57(3):105-126.
  • Helen Brookman, Delphine Grouès, Sandra Forrest, & Sara J. Tomczuk. 2020. “The Pedagogical Value of Co-Creative Education: A Systematic Review of the Evidence for the CREATES Approach.” CREATES Working Paper.


Dr. Sara J. Tomczuk holds master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Washington. Informed by literature on intergroup contact and social movements, she investigates interethnic relations, especially the work of ethnic activist organizations. Her work on majority-Roma relations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia examines the intersections of race, inequality, and civil society, aiming to better understand activism in a setting of high social segregation. Further, this expertise informs her approach to teaching and in creating an inclusive learning environment.

Before joining UAS in 2021, Dr. Tomczuk taught sociology and liberal education courses at UW, North Seattle College, and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. From 2018 through 2020, she managed the European grant CREATES, a strategic partnership between six universities aimed at making higher education more co-creative, engaging, and student-centered. Dr. Tomczuk believes innovative pedagogy should be inclusive and universally designed, as well as a collaborative and community-based experience.


By appointment


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