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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

Politics and Social Movements

Politics and Social Movements

  • Brechin, Steven

    Fac Brechin StevenProfessor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 133

    Professor and Graduate Director of Sociology, his teaching and research interests include organizations, politics, public opinion, and the environment.  As a comparative sociologist, Steve explores social phenomenon from local to global levels of analyses.  

  • Cerulo, Karen A.

    CeruloProfessor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 130

    Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in culture, media, social interaction, social deviance, and statistics.  She has authored several books and articles in the areas of culture and cognition, symbol systems and meaning, media and technology, social change, decision making, identity construction, and measurement techniques.  Cerulo just completed a study on olfactory meaning and she is currently in the field on a book length project entitled Dreams of a Lifetime: Society, Culture and Our Wishful Imaginings

  • 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.

  • Gerson, Judith

    gersonAssociate Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 139
    Office Phone: 848-932-7804

    Associate Professor of Sociology, teaches courses in collective memory, immigration, the aftermath of catastrophe, narrative, and gender. Her primary areas of interest include forced migration and the Holocaust, collective memory, narrative, gender, and contemporary social theory. Currently she is completing a book manuscript tentatively titled, By Thanksgiving We Were Americans: German Jewish Refugees and Holocaust Memory,which relies on memoirs, diaries and testimonies to unravel the complexities of how those who lived recall their past.  

      

  • Lee, Catherine

    lee smallAssociate Professor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 141
    Office Phone: 848-932-7807

    Associate Professor of Sociology. Her research and teaching areas include race and ethnicity, gender, politics, immigration, law and society, and science and medicine. She is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History.

  • 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. 

       

  • Rudel, Thomas

    RudelsmallProfessor
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    Office: Room 202 Cook Office Building

    Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Human Ecology, teaches courses in the sociology of economic development, and human ecology. Dr. Rudel's major research interests are in the fields of environmental sociology and economic sociology, especially in Latin America . He has recently published the book, Tropical Forests: Regional Paths of Destruction and Regeneration in the Late Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press).    

  • 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.

  • Stein, Arlene

    Fac Stein ArleneProfessor
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    Office: Davison Hall, 045

    Professor of sociology, specializing in the intersection of gender, sexuality, culture, and politics, and director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers. The author or editor of nine books, she teaches courses on the sociology of gender and sexuality, culture, self and society, and trauma/memory, among other subjects. She serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.