Associate Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, CUNY
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Thomas DeGloma is associate professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. 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 forthcoming book, Anonymous: The Performance and Impact of Hidden Identities (University of Chicago Press) explores the broad social significance of anonymity with attention to the ways that anonymous and pseudonymous actors shape the meanings of various social situations and interactions. His previous book, Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery (University of Chicago Press), 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. 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. In addition, DeGloma is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Symbolic Interaction (with Wayne H. Brekhus and William Ryan Force) and Interpreting Contentious Memory: Countermemories and Social Conflicts over the Past (with Janet L. Jacobs). He also co-edits (with Julie B. Wiest) a twelve volume book series titled Interpretive Lenses in Sociology (Bristol University Press). Professor DeGloma teaches courses on cognitive sociology/social memory studies, interpersonal behavior (microsociology/symbolic interaction), and classical and contemporary sociological theory. He has served as President of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (2017-2018), Secretary of the Eastern Sociological Society (2016-2019), and Chair of the Hunter College Senate (2016-2019).