Dr. David A. Locher is associate professor of sociology at Missouri Southern State University-Joplin. Dr. Locher is a sociologist interested in the phenomena of collective behavior and social movements, and in social theory. Locher’s scholarly interests have taken him to Cuba twice since 2002.
Seeing a need for students at Missouri Southern to experience a centrally planned socialist dictatorship firsthand, in 2002 Dr. Locher created the course Castro’s Cuba: History and Ideology (team-taught with historian Dr. Larry Cebula). The course included a 10-day trip to Cuba, during which students completed research projects in such areas as religion, education, propaganda, and the impact of tourism in Cuba. Locher and Cebula returned to Cuba in December 2002/January 2003, leading an educational trip for alumni and friends of Missouri Southern.
Dr. Locher holds a B.G.S. from Kent State University (1989), an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Kent State University (1992 and 1996, respectively). He is the author of Collective Behavior (Prentice Hall, 2002).