Alan Barton, PhD
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Alan Barton is an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He earned his PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University, his Master’s degree in Forest Policy and Land Use Planning from the University of Washington, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he double majored in Sociology and Spanish. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and Paraguay and as a National Park Service ranger at the Everglades, Katmai, and Channel Islands National Parks. Dr. Barton has conducted research in sustainable development in the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi Delta, Central America, and the Caribbean. He has taught college level sociology courses since 2003, starting in brick and mortar environments and gradually moving into online instruction. He feels Ashford offers him an opportunity to develop his online teaching skills while working with a diverse student body and says, “Working in community development has taught me the value of diversity and the importance of engaging all parties with an interest in the outcome. I strive to incorporate these lessons in my teaching by encouraging every student to participate and to take responsibility for their education. A college education is not just a private benefit, it also confers a public responsibility; once you graduate people will expect you to engage in your community as a leader.” Dr. Barton lives in Mississippi. In his spare time, he enjoys theater, baseball, traveling, and playing steel drums.