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Mike Owen Benediktsson 1603 HW (212) 772-5583
Lynn Chancer 1602 HW (212) 772-5585
Margaret Chin, Chair 1618 HW (212) 772-4842
Erica Chito-Childs 1601 HW (212) 772-5574
Jessie Daniels
Thomas DeGloma 1625 HW (212) 369-6255
Nancy Foner
Heba Gowayed
Mark Halling 1603 HW (212) 772-5648
Jessica Halliday Hardie 1617 HW (212) 772-5649
Xuemeng Li
Howard Lune 1604 HW (212) 772-5641
Zalman Newfield 1605 HW (212)772-5573
Nicholas Occhiutto
Joong-Hwan Oh 1628 HW (212) 772-5588
Calvin John Smiley 1621 HW (212) 772-5578
Michaela Soyer 1604 HW (212) 772-3562
Sam Stabler

Mike Owen Benediktsson
Ph.D. Sociology, Princeton University

Teaching Interests

Urban Sociology, Cultural Sociology, and the Sociology of the Media

Research Interests
Social Implications of Material Objects, Technological Artifacts, and Design. Changes in Urban Built Space. New York City.

Selected Publications

  • Benediktsson, Mike Owen, Brian Lamberta, and Erika Larsen. (2016). “Taming a Chaotic Concept: Gentrification and Segmented Consumption in Brooklyn, 2002-2012.” Forthcoming in Urban Geography. Advance online publication: DOI:10.1080/02723638.2015.1096113
  • In the Midst of Things: The Social Life of Urban Artifacts. (Book manuscript under contract.) 
  • Benediktsson, Mike Owen. (2016). “Beyond the Sidewalk: Pedestrian Risk and Material Mismatch in the American Suburbs.” Forthcoming in Mobilities. Advance online publication: DOI:10.1080/17450101.2015.1019748.
  • Benediktsson, Mike Owen, Brian Lamberta, and Sarah Van Norden. (2015). “The Endangered Enclave: Hispanic-Owned Business Displacement in Brooklyn, 2002-2012.” Metropolitics. October 6.
  • Benediktsson, Mike Owen. (2014) “Territories of Concern: Vacant Housing and Perceived Disorder on Three Suburban Blocks.” City & Community. 13(3): 191-213. 
  • Benediktsson, Mike Owen (2010). "The Deviant Organization and the Bad Apple CEO: Ideology and Accountability in Media Coverage of Corporate Scandals." Social Forces 88(5): 2189-2216

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Lynn Chancer
Ph.D. Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 1989

Teaching Interests
Contemporary Theory; Classical Theory; Criminology; Deviance; Sociology of Law; Feminist Theory; Gender, Race and Class; Social Psychology and the Psychosocial; Cultural Sociology.

Research Interests

Cultural sociology; psychosocial studies; social movements and public sociology; theory, gender and sexualities; political economy; race, gender, and social policy.

Selected Publications

  • Lynn Chancer and John Andrews, ed. The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis: Diverse Perspectives on the Psychosocial (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Lynn Chancer, High Profile Crimes: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005)
  • Lynn Chancer, Reconcilable Differences: Beauty, Pornography and the Future of Feminism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998)
  • Sadomasochism in Everyday Life (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992). 

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Margaret Chin, Chair
Phd in Sociology; Columbia University

Teaching Interests
Prof Chin teaches Sociology of the Family, Migration and Immigration to the US, Children of Immigrants, Urban Sociology and Ethnography.

Research Interests
Margaret’s general research interests include contemporary immigration to the United States including the working poor, young and adult children of immigrants, ethnic media and change in the Asian American community, especially the growth and change in Chinatowns in New York City. In particular, she is working on a book manuscript on adult Asian Americans and Work.

Selected Publications

  • With Min Zhou and Rebecca Kim. “The Transformation of Chinese America: New York vs. Los Angeles”  a chapter in New York and Los Angeles: The Uncertain Future edited by Halle and Beveridge. Oxford University Press. 2013.
  • “Changing Expectations: Economic Downturns and Immigrant Chinese Women in New York City” a chapter in Immigrant Women Workers in the Neoliberal Age edited by Guevarra, Florez-Gonzalez, Chang, and Toro-Morn.  University of Illinois Press. 2013.
  • “The Right Hand and the Left hand: Contradictory Social Policies in the Lives of the Working Poor.” By Katherine Newman and Margaret M. Chin. A chapter in American Democracy and the Pursuit of Equality edited by Merlin Chowkwanyun and Randa Serhan. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers 2011.
  • Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry. Columbia University Press. 2005.
  • “Moving On: Chinese Garment Workers after 9/11.” A chapter in Wounded City: The Social Impact of 9/11, edited by Nancy Foner. New York: Russell Sage Foundation 2005.

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Erica Chito-Childs
Ph.D. in Sociology, Fordham University 2002

Teaching Interests
Family, Race and Multiculturalism, Media and Popular Culture, Focus Groups

Research Interests
Race and Ethnic Relations, Multiracialism; Media and Popular Culture; Education

Selected Publications

  • 2014.    Childs, Erica Chito. “A Global Look at Mixing: Problems, Pitfalls and Possibilities,” Journal of Intercultural Studies 
Vol. 35 (6): 677-688.
  • 2009     Childs, Erica Chito. Fade to Black and White: Interracial Images in Media and Popular Culture. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • 2005    Childs, Erica Chito. Navigating Interracial Borders: Black-White Couples    and Their Social Worlds. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • 2005    Childs, Erica Chito. “Looking Behind the Stereotypes of the “Angry Black Woman”: An Exploration of Black Women’s Responses to Interracial Relationships.”  Gender & Society. Volume 19 (4):544-561

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Jessie Daniels
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Texas-Austin

Teaching Interests
Professor Daniels teaches Introduction to Sociology, Digital Sociology, Medical Sociology, Sociology through Documentary Film, Sociology of Race and Racism, and The Politics of Queer Sexuality.

Research Interests
Daniels' main area of interest is in race and technology. Specifically, she studies the way the Internet is changing racism, both the way people experience it and the way people perpetrate it. An internationally recognized expert in the study of racism online, she has written extensively on this subject.

Daniels is also interested in public sociology, which grew out of her experience with Racism Review, a scholarly blog that she co-founded (with Joe R. Feagin) and has maintained since 2007.

Selected Publications 

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Thomas DeGloma
Ph.D., Rutgers University

Teaching Interests
Cognitive Sociology/Social Memory Studies, Interpersonal Behavior (microsociology/symbolic interaction), Cultural Sociology, Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory

Research Interests 

Professor DeGloma's research interests primarily fall within the areas and intersections of cultural sociology, cognitive sociology, and symbolic interaction. Professor DeGloma's 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. This book addresses a wide variety of subject matters, including trauma, war, sexuality, and religion. He is currently working on his second book, Anonymous: The Performance and Impact of Hidden Identities(under contract with University of Chicago Press) which explores the phenomenon of anonymity and the impact of anonymous actors in various social situations and interactions throughout history.

Selected Publications

  • •DeGloma, Thomas. Under contract with University of Chicago Press. Anonymous: The Performance and Impact of Hidden Identities
  • • DeGloma, Thomas and Julie B. Wiest (Series Editors). Twelve volume series under contract. Interpretive Lenses in Sociology. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press. (Series description available upon request.)
  • •Brekhus, Wayne H., Thomas DeGloma, and William Ryan Force (Editors). Under contract. The Oxford Handbook of Symbolic Interaction. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • •DeGloma, Thomas. 2014. Seeing the Light: The Social Logic of Personal Discovery. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press.
  • •DeGloma, Thomas and Max Papadantonakis. 2020. "The Thematic Lens: A Formal and Cultural Framework for Comparative Ethnographic Analysis." Pp. 84-106 in Beyond the Case: Competing Logics and Approaches to Comparative Ethnography. Edited by Corey M. Abramson and Neil Gong. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • •DeGloma, Thomas and Erin F. Johnston. 2019. "Cognitive Migrations: A Cultural and Cognitive Sociology of Personal Transformation." Pp. 623-644 in The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Sociology. Edited by Wayne H. Brekhus and Gabe Ignatow. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • DeGloma, Thomas. 2015. "The Strategies of Mnemonic Battle: On the Alignment of Autobiographical and Collective Memories in Conflicts over the Past." American Journal of Cultural Sociology 3, 1:156-190.
  • DeGloma, Thomas. 2014. "The Unconscious in Cultural Dispute: On the Ethics of Psychosocial Discovery." Pp. 77-98 in The Unhappy Divorce of Psychoanalysis and Sociology: Diverse Perspectives on the Psychosocial. Edited by Lynn Chancer and John Andrews. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Nancy Foner
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Teaching Interests
International migration; New York City

Research Interests
Immigration; comparative migration studies; race and ethnicity; urban

Selected Publications

  • Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe (with Richard Alba, Princeton University Press, 2015).
  • One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2013).
  • From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration (Yale University Press, 2000)

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Mark Halling
BA University of Minnesota

Teaching Interests
Mark is a Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor in the department. He teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Classical Social Theory, Contemporary Social Theory and Sociology of Medicine. He also regularly develops new special topics courses, such as Sociology of Film and Sociology of the Body.

Research Interests
His research interests are in Film and Media, Crime and Deviance, and Social History.

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Jessica Hardie
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2009
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Teaching Interests
Social statistics, research methods, sociology of education, race/class/gender

Research Interests
Race, class, and gender disparities in the transition to adulthood; health and family relationships; educational transitions and institutions; social capital

Selected Publications

  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday, Jonathan Daw, and S. Michael Gaddis.  Forthcoming. “Job Characteristics, Job Preferences, and Physical and Mental Health in Later Life.” Socius.
  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday. Forthcoming. “Rethinking School-based Ties: Social Class and the Role of Institutional Agents in Adolescents’ College Plans.” Teachers College Record.
  • Turney, Kristin and Jessica Halliday Hardie. 2018. “Health Limitations among Mothers and Fathers: Implications for Parenting.” Journal of Marriage and Family 80(1):219-238.
  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Kristin Turney. 2017. “The Intergenerational Consequences of Parental Health Limitations.” Journal of Marriage and Family 79(3):801-815.
  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Judith A. Seltzer. 2016. “Parent-child Relationships at the Transition to Adulthood: A Comparison of Black, Hispanic, and White Immigrant and Native-Born Youth.” Social Forces 95(1):321-353.
  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday. 2015. “The Best Laid Plans: Social Capital in the Development of Girls’ Educational and Occupational Plans.” Social Problems 62(2):241-265.
  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday. 2014. “The Consequences of Unrealized Expectations in the Transition to Adulthood.” Social Science Research 48: 196-211.
  • Hardie, Jessica Halliday and Nancy S. Landale. 2013. “Profiles of Risk: Maternal Health, Socioeconomic Status, and Child Well-being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75: 651-666.

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Xuemeng Li 
PhD, Sociology, 2023, The Graduate Center--CUNY

Howard Lune
PhD, Sociology, 1998, New York University

Teaching Interests
Research Methods, Sociology of Organizations, Social Movements, Nonprofit Organizations

Research Interests
Collective Action, Organizational Fields, Community and Grassroots Organizing, Collective Identity

Selected Publications

  • Urban Action Networks: HIV/AIDS and Community Organizing in New York City. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007;
    Winner of the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, 2009.
  • Understanding Organizations. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2009.
  • “Transnational Nationalism: Strategic Action Fields and the Organization of the Fenian Movement.” Forthcoming in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change.

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Schneur Zalman Newfield
PhD, Sociology, New York University, 2016 

Nicholas Occhiutto
PhD, Sociology, Yale University, 2019 

Joong-Hwan Oh
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1999

Teaching Interests
Urban Sociology; Immigration; and Digital Sociology

Research Interests
Research interests: offline and online immigrant communities; linking specific population groups (racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly) to urban issues (social inequality, crime, social disorganizations)

Selected Publications

  • Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Jung-Hee Lee. 2014. Asian Values, Ethnic Identity, and Acculturation among Ethnic Asian Wives in South Korea, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Vol. 15: 73-91.
  • Oh, Joong-Hwan, and Sangmoon Kim. 2009. Aging, Neighborhood Attachment, and Fear of Crime: Testing Reciprocal Effects, Journal of Community Psychology, Vol. 36(7): 1-20.
  • Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2008. The Quest to Understand Self-Employment in American Metropolitan Areas, Urban Studies, Vol. 41(11): 469-490.
  • Oh, Joong-Hwan. 2007. Economic Incentive, Embeddedness, and Social Support: A Study of Korean-owned Nail Salon Workers’ Rotating Credit Associations, International Migration Review, Vol. 41(3): 623-655.
  • Oh, Joong-Hwan. Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media: Messages of the American Social Institutions on a Korean-American Women’s Online Community. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016

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CalvinJohn Smiley
The Graduate Center-City University of New York, PhD

Teaching Interests Race & Ethnic Relations; Law, Society & Justice; Critical Criminology; Prisons & Reentry; Urban Sociology; Qualitative Methods

Research Interests
Calvin's primary research agenda has focused is on prisoner reentry, specifically examining how people navigate and negotiate this process of confinement to community, particularly the nuances of this pivotal transition. Additionally, Calvin is actively engaged in research surrounding issues of: critical race theory, social movements, popular cultural, social media/virtual space, critical animal studies and education.

Selected Publications

  • Middlemass, Keesha M. & Smiley, CalvinJohn. (Eds.). (2020). Prisoner Reentry in the 21st Century: Critical Perspectives of Returning Home. New York: Routledge.
  • Battle, Juan and CalvinJohn Smiley. (2020). "Familia Y Educación: A Quantitative Assessment of the Impact of Parental Configuration on Educational Attainment for a National Sample of Latinx Students," Race Ethnicity and Education. 23(1), 21-38.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn. (2019). "Release in the Era of BLM: The Nexus of Black Lives Matter and Prisoner Reentry," The Prison Journal. 99(4), 396-419.
  • Dancy II, T. Elon, CalvinJohn Smiley, & Juan Battle. (2019). "The Enduring Significance of Higher Education for Civic Engagement: The Black LGBT Experience," Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships. 6(1), 1-28.
  • Hayes, Rebecca, Katharina J. Joosen, & CalvinJohn Smiley. (2018). "Black Petes & Black Crooks? Racial Stereotyping and Offending in the Netherlands," Contemporary Justice Review, 21(1), 16-32.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn. (2017). "Addict Rap?: The Shift from Drug Distributor to Drug Consumer in Hip-Hop" - Journal of Hip-Hop Studies, 4(1), 94-117.
  • Middlemass, Keesha M. & CalvinJohn Smiley. (2016). "Doing a bid: The Construction of Time as Punishment," The Prison Journal, 96(6), 793-813.
  • Middlemass, Keesha M. & CalvinJohn Smiley. (2016) "Jumpsuit to Button-Down: Clothing used as Resistance in Prisoner Reentry" - Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, 5(1-2), 63-80.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn. (2016). "Can I Sit?: The Use of Public Space and the Other" - Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit, 6(1), 66-81.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn & Keesha M. Middlemass. (2016). "Clothing Makes the Man: Impression Management and Prisoner Reentry" - Punishment & Society, 18(2), 220-243.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn & David Fakunle. (2016)."From 'Brute to 'Thug:' The Demonization and Criminalization of Unarmed Black Male Victims in America" - Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(3-4), 350-366.
  • Smiley, CalvinJohn. (2015). "From Silence to Propagation: Understanding the Relationship between 'Stop Snitchin' and 'YOLO'", Deviant Behavior, 36(1), 1-16.

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Michaela Soyer
University of Chicago, PhD

Teaching Interests
Deviance, Social Movements, Social Theory

Research Interests
Desistance and Recidivism, Social Action, Inequality

Selected Publications

  • Soyer, Michaela. A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism and Young Minority Men in America. Forthcoming with University of California Press.
  • Soyer, Michaela. “‘We knew our time had come’ - The Dynamics of Threat and Microsocial Ties in Three Polish Ghettos under Nazi Oppression. Mobilization, 2014 (19) 
  • Soyer, Michaela. “The Imagination of Desistance: A Juxtaposition of the Construction of Incarceration as a Turning Point and the Reality of Recidivism”. British Journal of Criminology. First published online October 25, 2013.
  • Soyer, Michaela. “Off the Corner and into the Kitchen: Entering a Male Dominated Research Setting As a Woman.” Qualitative Research. First published online on May 31, 2013.

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Sam Stabler
PhD, Sociology, Yale University, 2017 

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Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
Oh Book Cover
Opting In
White Lies
Cyber Racism
Going Public
Digital Sociologies
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