• Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • M.B.A., St. Mary’s University
  • M.A., Illinois State University
  • B.A., Marquette University


  • Research Methods
  • Race and Ethnicities
  • Religion

Research Interests

  • Social Inequalities and Inequities
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity as Identities and Intersectionalities
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Compassion
  • Religion


Janet S. Armitage, M.B.A., Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s University. She joined the Sociology Department in 2003 and became Department Chair in 2009. She is currently a co-director of the Online Public Health Certificate program.

Current Research

Much of her recent research focuses on compassion, wellbeing and health at individual, organizational and institutional levels. She continues to examine the development and application of active compassion in medical education and is exploring the presence of organization compassion to relieve workplace distress and suffering in its various forms. Her ongoing applied research is informed by her continuing compassion training through the Compassion Institute (California), The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University, and as a San Antonio Compassion Institute Fellow.

Sociology and Public Health Applied Projects

  • Catholic Sociology (Sociology of Religion) and Marianists
  • Food Insecurity across Marianists Campuses—Chaminade, Dayton and St. Mary’s
  • Veterans in the San Antonio Community
  • Compassion Tool Kits for Undergraduate Students


Articles in TRAILS, The American Sociologist, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Qualitative Research, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography


  • Northside Independent School District (NISD) Community Partner of the Year
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Alice Franzke Distinguished Feminist Scholar
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