Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota – Duluth
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Before earning his PhD from the department, Jason Torkelson came from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. After taking his first position at William Paterson University, he is back in the Midwest at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Torkelson’s research has touched upon topics that pertain to identity, subculture, youth, deviance, the life course, adult transition, contemporary global culture, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and race. In his dissertation he explored “ex-identity” and transitions from youth subcultures. In some of his current research he is investigating the ways folks from 1960’s countercultures now reflect upon their involvements from the 60’s, their lives since, and their look ahead to older age. In another strand of inquiry, he is looking into racial ideologies and conceptions of civic inclusion held by different categories of whites in contemporary America.