Helen Marie Miamidian

Interim Director, Criminal Justice; Assistant Professor of Sociology

HHC 146

Dr. Miamidian is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaching criminal justice and sociology courses in both the traditional undergraduate and accelerated undergraduate programs. Dr. Miamidian came to Eastern University after eight years of teaching in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Arcadia University. 


Ph.D., Sociology, Temple University
M.A., Sociology, Temple University
B.A., Sociology (Minor in Women's Studies), Villanova University

Classes Taught
  • SOCI 105 - Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOCI 340 - Urban Sociology
  • CRMJ 105 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRMJ 220 - Victimology
  • CRMJ 225 - Juvenile Justice
  • CRMJ 315 - Criminology
  • CRMJ 318W - Research Methods
Research Interests

Her research interests are varied, but share the common thread of examining and evaluating the various ways in which social institutions (i.e. schools, churches, prisons) affect both individuals and the communities in which they live. 

  • Tippens, Julie and Miamidian, Helen Marie. “Church as NGO? The Importance of Religious Networks for Urban Displaced Congolese Refugees in Tanzania.” Under review, Forced Migration Review.
  • Tippens, Julie, Miamidian, Helen Marie, Bash, Kirstie, Howell-Smith, Michelle, and Teufel-Shone, Nicolette. “Factors Associated with Urban Congolese Refugees’ Mental Health Outcomes in the Context of Political Violence in Kenya. In development, Ethnicity and Health.