Marc Eaton

Ghosts. Zombies. Vampires. Oh my!

I teach Sociology of the Paranormal. There is a lot of buzz about this class. It is a pop culture trend right now — television shows and movies related to the paranormal such as ghosts, zombies, vampires. Many students are keyed in to thinking about this stuff, but it’s still stigmatizing to discuss belief. This class provides a safe place to explore these things.

Last spring, I invited The Watchman, a “real-life superhero,” to my classroom to explain why he dons a costume to help fight crime and perform charity work.

"Ripon has an environment that cultivates intellectual curiosity."

There’s a constant conversation happening about big ideas — racism, political campaigns, the ethics of using animals for medical experiments.

Ripon creates tight bonds between the students and also between the students and the professors. Recently, I had a long conversation late on a Friday with a student about current events and issues. We both got a lot out of it. Professors are really enriched by those connections, too.


Professor eaton enjoys bringing his golden retriever, Kaia, to help students destress during the semi-annual “Paws & Relax” events.

"Sociology combines big-picture understanding with activism."