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Christian Schlaerth, Ph.D.

Criminal Justice | Department Chair, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Sociology (Theory, Stats and Methods, Social Psychology, Race) – University of Miami; Coral Gables, Fla.
M.A. in Sociology – University of Miami; Coral Gables, Fla.
B.A. in History (Russian and Middle Eastern) and Sociology (Criminology and Criminal Justice); Magna Cum Laude – LeMoyne College; Syracuse, N.Y.
Dr. Schlaerth was born in Buffalo, N.Y., raised in Rochester, N.Y., went to college in Syracuse, N.Y., and then moved to Miami for graduate school.

Christian has been teaching at the college level since the summer of 2007, at Miami-Dade College, Homestead Campus. He taught a variety of courses in sociology and criminology before joining the faculty at Waldorf, including Intro, Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Problems, Women in Contemporary Society, Marriage and the Family and Race. He has a strong passion for Service Learning as well, having taught Critical Consciousness and Social Justice at Barry University. Overall, he has lectured at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College and Barry University.

He has published in his official areas of concentration, but also in service-learning, higher education, teaching, inequality and ethics. Lately he has shown interest in the area of adjunct faculty and their relationship with higher education. Many students consider him a compassionate professor with energy unmatched by most – often described as a cross between a professor and a pro wrestler.

Outside of work, Christian "He-Man" Schlaerth had played rugby for nearly 20 years, retiring in 2018 due to injuries and concussions. He has coached college, women and youth in the sport, and maintains an active interest in it. He also has a passion for fitness and strength training, so you can find him in the gym at least 5 days per week; and at one point had won a local power lifting competition in Miami.

Christian also loves cats and dogs, and misses them back in Miami.