Dr. Darina Lepadatu joined the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in Fall 2006. Her research interests are in the areas of sociology of work and organizations (conflicts generated by gender, racial and age dynamics in the workplace), race and ethnicity (racial and ethnic conflicts, discrimination against minority groups, hate crimes against immigrants) and comparative sociology (post-communist societies, Eastern Europe). Dr. Lepadatu’s teaching interests include Research Methods, Advanced Qualitative Research Methods, Grant Writing, Comparative Sociology, Organizational Sociology and Management of Non-Profit Organizations. Her most recent publications focused on issues related to the discrimination of Roma in EU, immigration to EU versus US, and diversity in the workplace. Prior to moving to US, she served as European integration specialist in the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research, and participated in international missions and conferences in more than 20 countries. Dr. Lepadatu continues her research in the auto industry as a co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation research grant (2009-2011) entitled Lean Production in Japanese Transplants and American Auto Plants: Processes of Management Control and Worker Identity in Causing Stress.