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Department Chair: Julie Phillips, Email: soc-chair@sociology.rutgers.edu
Graduate Director: Steven Brechin, Email: gpd@sociology.rutgers.edu
Undergraduate Director: Sharon Bzostek, Email: ug-dir@sociology.rutgers.edu
Senior Department Administrator: Lisa Iorillo, Email: liorillo@sociology.rutgers.edu
Graduate Program Coordinator: Marie Ferguson, Email: meferguson@sociology.rutgers.edu
Undergraduate Administrative Assistant: Carissa Nadonley, Email: undergrad-soc@sociology.rutgers.edu

Organizations, Networks, and Work

Organizations, Networks, and Work

  • Brooks, Ethel

    brooks thumbAssociate Professor
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    Office: 132 George Street
    Office Phone: 732-445-7395

    Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, teaches courses in comparative and historical sociology, globalization and postcolonial social formations.  Her research interests include the sociology of gender and labor, critical political economy, globalization, social movements, feminist theory, gender and development, consumption, comparative sociology, Central American studies, South Asian studies, nationalism, post-coloniality and critical race theory.  She is currently finishing a book on transnational organizing in the garment industry with a focus on Dhaka , San Salvador and New York City.

  • Chaudhary, Ali R.

    Fac Chaudhary AliAssistant Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 132B

    Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Chaudhary’s research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, organizations, and the sociology of music. His scholarship examines how symbolic boundaries such as race, nationality, religion, and nativity shape several social processes such as immigrant integration, nonprofit sector development, cultural incorporation through music, and the racialized production of musical instruments and music genres. He teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses on immigration in the United States, comparative immigration studies, and contemporary sociological theory.  His latest research examines how race and nativity informed the employment experiences of musicians during the second half of the twentieth century and how these boundaries affect contemporary musicians in metropolitan New York City.    

  • Clarke, Lee

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    Office: Davison Hall, 113

    Professor of Sociology, writes about organizations, failure, disaster, risk communication, and the boundaries between politics and science. His last work, Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006. Clarke is currently writing a book about how science and politics meet, and don’t meet, regarding the loss of America’s wetlands and the idea of “coastal restoration.”  

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  • Friedman, Brittany

    Picture Brittany FriedmanAssistant Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall 043

    Assistant Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in punishment, criminology, and racial inequality. Her research focuses on incarceration conditions, punishment severity, and the prison social system. She is currently finishing a book about the systematic targeting of black militant prisoners for extreme punishment and the means through which prisoners mobilize in response. This project draws on her related studies examining the Black Guerilla Family in California and the subjective experience of long-term confinement. She is a member of the Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions, an eight state study comparing the consequences of monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system on reentry and racial and socioeconomic inequality.

  • Mai, Quan

    Mai QuanAssistant Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 049

    Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Mai’s research and teaching interests include work & occupations, social stratification, social movements, research methods, and environmental sociology. His scholarship focuses on how a range of social relations—including employment relations, race-ethnic relations, state regulatory capacity, and social movements—combine in the economy, polity, and in urban spaces to influence processes of social stratification. His current projects explore various consequences of nonstandard employment for workers’ labor market outcomes and socioeconomic well-being.

  • McLean, Paul

    FAC McLean PaulProfessor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 126

    Professor of Sociology, teaches courses on sociological theory, network analysis, political and economic sociology, and the sociology of culture. One main line of research explores the relationship between social network structure and cultural practices and schemata. The Art of the Network(Duke UP, 2007) treated this relationship by examining political patronage networks and letter-writing in Renaissance Florence. His second book, Culture in Networks (Polity, 2017), explores various ways in which culture and networks intersect across sundry aspects of social life. Other interests include politics in early modern states, the network organization of the Renaissance economy, Adam Smith's social theory, and the culture of videogaming. 

       

  • Roos, Patricia A.

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    Office: Davison Hall, 115

    Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in sociological writing; research methods; and inequalities. Two research projects currently occupy her time: occupational sex segregation since 2000 and grief and resilience in the midst of the opioid epidemic.

     

     

       

  • Shepherd, Hana

    Fac Shepherd HanaAssistant Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 037

    Assistant Professor of Sociology. Shepherd teaches classes in interventions and social change, organizations, and culture. She studies how social networks, social norms and group processes, culture, and organizations facilitate or impede social change. She is currently working on a series of projects on the enforcement of local labor law, and on social networks and low-wage work.

  • Smith, D. Randall

    Fac Smith D. RandallAssociate Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 037
    Office Phone: 848-932-7797

    Associate Professor of Sociology is currently conducting research on the indirect benefits of big-time intercollegiate athletics for colleges and universities. Over the years his research interests have also included labor markets, social networks, criminal careers and criminal sentencing, and bias and inequality in performance evaluations. He has taught a variety of statistics courses and sociology of sport at the graduate level.