Faculty Profile

Mary Nell Trautner.

Mary Nell Trautner

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Arizona, 2006

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Sociology, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Happy to form a relationship to discuss academic issues. I have been involved with several mentoring programs in the professional associations to which I belong.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.