Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri at Columbia
Wayne H. Brekhus is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Missouri. His research focuses on how socio-culturally influenced processes of marking and unmarking, attention and inattention, meaning-making, and identity construction shape perceptions of social reality and contribute to social difference and social inequalities. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited several books including The Sociology of Identity: Authenticity, Multidimensionality, and Mobility (Polity, 2020), The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology [with Gabe Ignatow] (Oxford, 2019), Sociologia dell’inavvertito (Sociology of the Inadvertent) translated into Italian by Lorenzo Sabetta with a foreward by Lorenzo Sabetta (Castelvecchi, 2018), Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality (Polity, 2015), Laud Humphreys: Prophet of Sociology and Homosexuality [with John F. Galliher and David P. Keys] (University of Wisconsin, 2004), and Peacocks, Chameleons, Centaurs: Gay Suburbia and the Grammar of Social Identity (University of Chicago, 2003). He teaches courses in Self and Society, Queer Theories/Identities, Culture Identity and Interaction, Society and Social Control, Sociological Theory and especially enjoys teaching large 200 to 450 person Intro to Sociology courses. He has won several teaching and advising awards including the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. In the spring of 2019 he received a Visiting Professor-Research award from Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, where he taught and presented on the sociology of markedness and unmarkedness.