Associate Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, CUNY
Thomas DeGloma received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2009. He specializes in the areas of culture, cognition, memory, symbolic interaction, and sociological theory. His research interests also include the sociology of time, knowledge, autobiography, identity, and trauma. Professor DeGloma's recent book, Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery (University of Chicago Press, 2014), explores the stories people tell about life-changing discoveries of "truth" and illuminates the ways that individuals and communities use autobiographical stories to weigh in on salient moral and political controversies. This book received the 2015 Charles Horton Cooley Book Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Professor DeGloma has also published articles in Social Psychology Quarterly, Symbolic Interaction, Sociological Forum, and the American Journal of Cultural Sociology, along with several chapters in various edited volumes. He is an Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction. He is currently working on his second book, which explores the phenomenon of anonymity and the impact of anonymous actors in various social situations and interactions. He is also working on a project that explores the cultural dynamics linking education and democracy. Professor DeGloma teaches courses on interpersonal behavior (microsociology/symbolic interaction), classical and contemporary sociological theory, and cognitive sociology/social memory studies. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn and welcomes correspondence with others who share his interests.