Inequality and Stratification

    Urban Sociology

    Work and Occupations


    Fall 2022

    SOC 1033: Sociological Imagination

    As C. Wright Mills explains in The Sociological Imagination, we all take part in the shaping of society. At the same time, society influences us through a series of life experiences that are often beyond our control. Understanding this relationship between individual agency and larger social forces is at the heart of sociological inquiry, and it requires us to look beyond our own experiences and to recognize the connections between the macro and micro levels of society. In this course, you will be introduced to new concepts, theories, and research about our various social worlds and the organization of social life. This course will include topics such as: culture, social structure, inequality and social stratification, globalization, social institutions, and social change.

    SOC 3023: Sociology of Work and Occupations

    The purpose of this course is to explore the world of work using a sociological lens, with a focus on the U.S. occupational system. Our primary goal is to understand work as a social endeavor instead of as a set of individual activities. In addition to examining how workers participate in their workplaces on an everyday basis, we will discover how both workers and their workplaces are connected to social stratification systems based on race, class, and gender. We will conclude the course by considering how emerging technologies and the inexorable trend towards automation will shape our future work experiences and what that means for society.

    SOC 4103: Investigating the Social World

    This course is designed to train you in the methods that social scientists use to investigate, analyze, and interpret the social world in which we live. We will start by exploring the logic of social research and formulating research questions, focusing on the connection between social theory and analysis. We will also examine the ethical considerations that shape the practice of social research. We will then learn how to develop a research design, which involves thinking through how we measure concepts accurately and consistently. Next, we will explore the different approaches that researchers use to generate knowledge and learn how to identify the approach best suited to your research question. Finally, we will discuss how to communicate research findings to different audiences, a key aspect of the research process.


    Ph.D. 2014

    Dissertation: Subjective Economic Insecurity in the United States: Perceived Precarity in the New Economy

    M.A. 2009

    Thesis: Labor Market Conditions, Segregation, and Racial Income Disparities: A Study of Urban Inequality

    B.A. 2006

    Honors Thesis: Presenting the Final Image: A Dramaturgical Analysis of Death and Funeral Rituals in Maine