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Thomas DeGloma

T. DeGloma

Thomas DeGloma received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University. 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, 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, and Sociological Forum and is an Associate Editor of Symbolic Interaction. He is currently working on two main projects. The first is focused on the dynamics involved with various “memory wars,” or disputes between communities over the definition of past events and experiences. The second explores the phenomenon of anonymity and the impact of anonymous actors in various social situations and interactions. Professor DeGloma teaches courses on interpersonal behavior (microsociology/symbolic interaction), classical and contemporary sociological theory, and cognitive sociology/social memory studies.

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