Denny Hall Room 314
He is interested in social theory, cultural studies, gender, health and illness, and the sociology of knowledge. Publications have focused on the ethics of academic practice and poststructuralist thought. Current research focuses on the lives of adults with long-term chronic illness.
SOCI 330 Classical Sociological Theory
This course will examine alternative ways of understanding the human being, society, and culture as they have been presented in classical sociological theory (through 1925). It will focus on the theoretical logic of accounting for simple and complex forms of social life, interactions between social processes and individual and group identities, major and minor changes in society and culture, and the linkages between intimate and large-scale human experience. Prerequisite: 110 and one additional course in sociology, or permission of instructor. Offered every fall.
SOCI 400 Postmodernism,Culture & Commun
This course is based on the premise that much of what has been said within sociology and related disciplines in the last century is becoming obsolete. A wide range of theories, theorists, methods, and phenomena important in even recent developments in the social sciences and humanities seem no longer relevant. Industrialization and modernity, for example, have given way to postindustrialization and postmodernity. According to some, modernist logic and culture have been replaced by postmodern ways of knowing, being, and doing. The questions asked by many sociologists in an effort to understand such things as society, culture, the self, gender, race, and oppression must be reconsidered. We will do that this semester in a seminar format that will allow us to discuss relevant texts from the last quarter of the 20th century at the same time that we engage our own sociological interests.