John Murray Cuddihy received three M.A.s: two from Columbia University and a third from the New School In Social Research in New York City. He took a Ph.D. in Sociology at Rutgers with a dissertation later published as The Ordeal of Civility: Freud, Marx, Levi-Strauss and the Jewish Struggle with Modernity. No Offense: Civil Religion and Protestant Taste was published in 1978. His research interests: the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of intellectuals, the overlap of sociology with anthropology, the variable 'prestige", Bourdieu's concept of "cultural capital". He has taught courses in sociological theory, sociology of religion, and the sociology of diaspora Jewry. He is a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (GSUC).