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Spring 2018 Course Offerings







Dumais: Soc. 84503
Sociology of Education {38280}

Hardie: Soc. 71600
Sociological Statistics II {38271}

Lewis-McCoy: Soc.85700  
Race, Schools, & Policy {38275}

Porter: Soc.81100  
Social Demography & Geographies of Disadvantaged
(Qualify for Methods Requirement) 

Gideon: Soc. 81100
Survey Methodology
(Qualify for Methods Requirement) 


Ocejo: Soc. 84600  
Work in the New Economy {38269}

Chin: Soc. 82800  
Migrant & Immigrant New York City {38272}

Lennon: Soc. 83300
Sociology of Childhood {38277}

 Bilici: Soc. 82800
 American Islam: Islamophobia and Muslim Civility {38743}


Battle: Soc. 83300
Sexuality {38270}

Chancer/DeGloma: Soc. 70200   
Contemporary Theory {38283}

Shedd: Soc. 85800 
Race, Place, and Inequality {38744}

Milkman/Chen: Soc. 74400
Change & Crisis in Universities:   Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times {38285}

Font: Soc.85600  
Globalization, Social Transformation & Development

McCall: Soc. 84600 
Politics of Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution: Theory, Empirics, Methods, and Analysis {38278}

Mollenkopf: Soc. 82800   
Frontiers in Urban Studies {38284}

ChitoChilds: Soc. 83300
Critical Mixed Race Studies {38286}


Post: Soc. 82901
The “New Capitalism”? {38279}

KatzRothman: Soc. 86800
Sociology of Disability {38274}

Milanovic: Soc. 84600  
Income Inequality in History: From Pareto to the Kuznets Waves {38288}

Smithsimon: Soc. 72500
Urban Sociology {38287}

KatzRothman: Soc. 82800
Food, Culture, & Society

Daniels: Soc. 85700
Global Perspectives: Race and Racism of Interior Worlds       

Brotherton: Soc. 85000
Studies of Youth, Marginalization and Subcultures of Resistance {38281}

Prof. Juan Battle –
Soc. 83300 – Sexuality
Mondays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Missing! Marginal! Misrepresented!  This course draws on various bodies of scholarship – across the humanities and social sciences – to interrogate the complex subject of sexuality. Because students will be exposed to (and contribute from) a wide variety of perspectives on the subject, this course is appropriate for students in the traditional social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, psychology, urban education, and history) as well as more contemporary ones (e.g. women’s studies, race studies, American studies, cultural studies, lesbian and gay studies).

Prof. Mucahit Bilici –
Soc. 82800 - American Islam: Islamophobia and Muslim Civility
Thursdays, 2 – 4pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course is an introduction to Islam in America in its contemporary moment. It revolves around the citizenship of Muslims in America in an age of intensified Islamophobia. After an overview of the history of Islam in the U.S. and overall familiarization with the diversity of American Muslim cultures, the course will focus on certain aspects of 21st-century American Islam. What are the various forms by which immigrant Muslims incorporate themselves into the mainstream culture and the later generations perform their citizenship  as Americans? Among the topics to be covered in the course are Islam and the Founding Fathers, Muslims and the American Constitution, Muslim patriotism in America, and Second Amendment Muslims..

Prof. Dave Brotherton–
Soc. 85000 -  Studies of Youth, Marginalization and Subcultures of Resistance
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Youth resistance movements and subcultures are an historically continuing feature of the wide-ranging societal responses to social and economic repression on a global scale. Rebellions, riots, occupations, cultural innovations and new collective identities are some of the manifestations on global display as youth engage in an endless range of symbolic and substantive responses to their felt conditions of marginality and alienation. In this seminar, we will excavate this dynamic social field through theoretical and empirical studies that help explain the continuity and discontinuity of youth social and cultural resistances over time. Questions of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and age will be addressed as we trace the meanings and representations of youth reactions to industrial and post-industrial societies within and across their overt and covert political and cultural locations. Students will be expected to carry out small research projects that in some way reflect the transgressive practices, rituals and possibilities of youth in the late modern metropolis.  

The seminar has two major goals: (i) to explore the range of sociological theories that explain youth social and cultural resistance, and (ii) to critically interpret the different forms that this resistance takes in the context of an evolving and highly contradictory transnationalist capitalist order. We will focus in particular on the origins of youth subcultures as they emerge during both modernity and late modernity and their construction within changing notions of criminal and non-criminal deviance.

Profs. Lynn Chancer, Thomas DeGloma –;
Soc. 70200 – Contemporary Theory
Mondays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course is designed to serve multiple purposes simultaneously. The first aim is intellectual: to provide you with a thorough survey of important theorists in the development of both European and American social theory, as well as a sense of how classical theory influenced contemporary thinking and how current theorists have influenced one another. Our second goal is more pragmatic: we hope to provide comprehensive exposure to theorists whose work will both inspire you and help you with your future written work and independent research in the GC Sociology program. Third, and last, we aim to help you learn to creatively apply contemporary theory to specific social issues and problems of your interest; in this sense, the course is not simply an abstract exercise but hopefully one that brings theory alive and shapes your sociological vision.

Prof. Margaret M. Chin –
Soc. 82800 - Migrant and Immigrant New York City
Tuesdays, 2- 4pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Over the course of the twentieth century, New York City has witnessed two major waves of immigration: from the Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants who arrived at the turn of the twentieth century to the Chinese, Jamaican and Mexican immigrants who now constitute the majority of the city’s immigrant population. New York City has also been on the receiving end of the great migration of African Americans. Together, these successive waves of newcomers and their children have changed the socioeconomic, political and cultural landscape of the city. We will examine migration across a diverse spectrum; distinguishing between forced and voluntary migration, “classic” issues of immigration, immigrant adaptation - assimilation and incorporation/integration; social mobility- the labor market, race and ethnic relations, gender and the family, transnationalism and the second generation. Throughout the course, we will use NYC experiences to highlight how these immigration and migration streams have transformed the city in the past and the present.

Prof. Erica Chito Childs –
Soc. 83300 Critical Mixed Race Studies
Thursdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course will cover the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of critical mixed race studies, exploring the historical, contemporary, and ideological constructions of mixed race.  Drawing from literary texts, historical documents, legal briefs, media productions and interdisciplinary research studies, we will interrogate notions of mixing and mixed, paying particular attention to the changing identities, discourses and representations.  Critical mixed race studies will serve as a lens to explore the intersections of race/sexuality and larger context of racism and "othering," moving beyond the black-white dichotomy Furthermore, we will explore different methods with a goal of completing a research project within mixed race studies for publication

Prof. Susan Dumais -
Soc. 84503 – Sociology of Education
Mondays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

In this seminar, we will examine research and theory in the sociology of education, focusing specifically on issues of inequality. Our focus on inequality will include differences in access to, experiences in, and outcomes from schooling for categories such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and/or nationality, among others.  Consideration will be given to various theoretical approaches to understanding the production, reproduction, and eradication of inequalities in schooling.

Prof. Mauricio Font  -
Soc. 85600 –
Gloalization, Social Transformation and Development
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This seminar examines approaches to social transformations. First, it reviews “classical” and recent perspectives on modernization, development, transitions, globalization, and social change. After examining the evolving debate about the roles of markets and states, we compare shifts between state-centered and liberalizing experiments in Asia (China), Latin America (Brazil), and Central & Eastern Europe. The extended discussion considers the impact on social organization -- demographic transformations (urbanization, demographic transitions, migration; inequality); democracy and institutional strength; social, economic, and sustainable development, globalization. While interconnected, modern societies remain diversified by levels of wellbeing and social organization. Differences between and within countries and regions are of central concern to this course. Main readings and discussions draw from foundational works in the social sciences and selective works on emergent, developing, and transitional societies across the globe.
This seminar provides students with tools for exploring social transformations in the context of globalization/anti-globalization. Student projects face key issues about how to assess development and wellbeing; frame inquiries in historical and theoretical context; and negotiate confrontations between alternative doctrines, assumptions, interests, historical contexts and global trends. A starting question to ponder is the extent to which and why, after decades of development, economic and social life improved for some people while others remain mired in poverty. After various development states, transitions and the collapse of seemingly stable communist systems, the adoption of market reforms, the advance of globalization, and recent crises, what do development and social change actually mean? Send inquiries and request updates to

Prof. Lior Gideon –  
Soc. 81100 Survey Methodology
Thursdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The course is aims to educate students on the essentials of survey methodology, and the importance of design, construct, execute and analyze survey data. During the course students will learn about the various methodological pitfalls of survey methodology and how to avoid them. The plan is to help student design their own survey to be used in their dissertation. In that regard, the course will be divided into theoretical and practical sections. In the theoretical section, students will be introduced to survey methodology concepts, theories and approaches, and in the practical section, students will be expected to develop their own survey too while implementing knowledge acquired during the course.

Prof. Jessica Halliday Hardie –
Soc. 71600 – Sociological Statistics II
Tuesdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

In this course we will move from the building blocks of social statistics to using statistical tools to test hypotheses and draw conclusions. We will focus on two widely used statistical models: multiple linear regression and logistic regression. Within these larger frameworks, we will cover the underlying assumptions of each model and circumstances in which these assumptions are violated. Specific topics also include non-linearity, mediation, and moderation.

Prof. Barbara Katz Rothman–
Soc. 82800 Food, Culture, and Society
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course explores major issues in foodways—food habits from production through consumption—through readings and discussions as well as through primary research in food and society.  The scholarly study of food invokes issues of gender, class, labor, and cultural identities and demands an interdisciplinary approach.  Theoretical frameworks include the food voice (Hauck-Lawson), cultural studies, political economy, and symbolic interactionism.
The key focus in the course is going to be the application of theory and methods from the disciplines represented by students, faculty and invited guests in the course, to Food Studies.
Rather than a standard paper, each student will, in consultation with the professor and the other students, develop a project that best fits in with her/his own work –for example,  a food-focused dissertation chapter, an internship, a series of published book reviews, or a paper presentation at a professional conference in the student’s home discipline.

Prof. Mary Clare Lennon–
Soc. 83300 The Sociology of Childhood
Wednesdays, 2- 4pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

In this seminar, we examine changing concepts of childhood and adolescence.  Focusing mostly on the United States, we consider how notions of childhood have changed throughout time, across place, and within social contexts.  In considering contemporary childhood, we will examine how gender, race, social class, and immigration status shape the experience of children and the social construction of childhood.  While many readings are interdisciplinary and include historical, sociological, psychological and social policy perspectives, particular attention is given to sociological approaches, including what has been termed ”the new sociology of childhood.”.  In contrast with earlier sociological accounts that view children as passive recipients of socialization processes, current approaches consider children as active participants in shaping their own lives.  Most of the course will focus on young children who have been the focus of much contemporary research and policy consideration in recent years.  

Prof. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy –
Soc. 85700 - Race, Schools and Policy
Wednesdays, 11:45 – 1:45pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce and deepen students' understanding of the ways that race has been a factor in the institution of schools in the United States. The course intends to enhance students’ understanding of theoretical perspectives, policy issues, and social scientific evidences’ role in the policy process. We will examine varying issues facing the institution of schools with a focus on African-Americans and other populations of color. Using sociological analysis we will interrogate past and present policy levers that affect(ed) schooling for all children. From this class, students will gain a richer knowledge base for understanding current policy debates and conduct better analysis of problems facing schools in the contemporary United States.

Prof. Leslie McCall –
Soc. 84600 – Politics of Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution: Theory, Empirics, Methods, and Analysis
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course will cover both substantive developments and measurement issues and analytic approaches across the social sciences.  It focuses on both the substantive and analytical/methodological aspects of the relationship between politics and economic inequality. Specifically, the objectives are to become familiar with (1) the different levels of analysis involved in the study of the politics of inequality, opportunity, and redistribution, namely, the role of political institutions (i.e., parties, electoral systems, policy regimes, etc.) on the one hand, and behavioral dynamics (e.g., individual beliefs, policy preferences, and voting choices) on the other hand, in shaping political and economic outcomes, and (2) the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches to analyzing institutional and behavioral processes, such as political economy, public opinion and survey research, experimental research, ethnography, and discourse/textual analysis. To accomplish these objectives, readings will be interdisciplinary and include theoretical texts at the start of the course and empirically-based, substantive and methodological studies employing quantitative (including experimental) and qualitative data and methods throughout the rest of the semester (though the balance will be toward quantitative studies). Students will therefore learn both theoretical and methodological skills, and their interdependence, in the study of the politics of inequality, opportunity, and redistribution. We will also integrate the research on class inequality with ongoing research on other dimensions of inequality, such as gender and racial/ethnic inequality.

Prof. Branko Millanovic–
Soc. 84600 Income Inequality in History: From Pareto to the Kuznets waves
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

The objective of the course is be to preesent methdoloy that is suitabnle for the study of income inequality historically (in pre-modern societies), discuss the data sources and review the evidence. Standard inequality “appartatus: neds to be augmented in historical studies by including the Inequality Possibility Frontier and using short-cut measuresd of inequality atht focus on the didfferemnces in average incomes between classes. The class will review t6he evidence on income distribution in ancient societies, pre-modern Europe (Byzantium, Italian cities,  Flanders, Spain) and in the 19th and early 20th century “industrializers” (UK, United States, the Nethelands etc).

Prof. Richard E. Ocejo –
Soc. 84600 - Work in the New Economy
Mondays, 2- 4pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Many scholars have been using the simple word “new” to describe today’s economy. It refers to a variety of economic realities and work arrangements that distinguish today’s industries and jobs from “old” ones. These include industries that are knowledge-, technology-, and service-based rather than manufacturing-based, jobs that require human, social, and cultural capital, work arrangements that are precarious and flexible rather than stable and fixed, and increasing global connectivity, investment, and immigration. Through our readings and discussions we will cover these and other shifts and conditions occurring in the world of work. We will discuss such topics as just what is so new about the “new” economy; the implications of today’s technologies and work arrangements for inequality, identity, and personal well-being; the rise of work as a vocation rather than a necessity; and the intersections of gender, race, and ethnicity in many of today’s industries and jobs. The course will cover a broad range of industries and jobs (IT, service, culture, manufacturing) and macro- and micro-level phenomena. Students will be required to examine an industry, workplace, or occupation of their choice around a theme from the literature by conducting fieldwork, interviews, and/or textual analysis. The end result will be a presentation and a research paper.

Prof. Charles Post–
Soc. 82901 - The “New Capitalism”?
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Over the past forty years, capitalist societies in the global North have experienced profound changes. In what is often referred to as the era of neo-liberalism, many analysts have argued that the most profound structural and institutional features of capitalism have been permanently altered. These attempts to analyze the “new capitalism” focus on three transformations: 1) “de-industrialization”—the decline of manufacturing employment in the global North; 2) “precarity”—the growth of part-time, temporary and unstable employment; and 3) “financialization”—the financial sectors’ displacement of industry as the driving force of the modern economy. This course will seek to critically interrogate these three trends, both conceptually and empirically. Has manufacturing actually disappeared in the global North? How do we account for the declining percentage of manufacturing workers in the total labor forces? What is the actual extent of “precarious” employment? Does the distribution of stable and precarious employment vary from sector to sector? To what extent has financial profitability become independent of profitability in the ‘real economy’? What is the relationship between the growth of finance and the radical reorganization of productive activity over the past forty years? Readings will be substantial, varied and historical in perspective.

Prof. Barbara Katz Rothman–
Soc. 86800 - Sociology of Disability
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

This course offers an introduction to the field of Disability Studies, through a sociological lens.  As more and more of our lives are drawn into biomedical discourse, the construction of disability grows broader; and as Disability activism develops as a social movement, the discussion becomes more politically complex. From the initial conceptualization of the field by Irving Kenneth Zola, to contemporary analyses of ‘queer, crip,’ race and gender intersectionality, the Sociology of Disability offers us a lens for understanding medical sociology, the body, social movements, gender and more.  The class will begin with an introduction to the theoretical and framing work; and expand into topics to be chosen in consultation with seminar members.

Prof. Jessie Daniels–
Soc. 85700 - Global Perspectives: Race and Racism of Interior Worlds
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This proposed 3-credit graduate seminar is meant to offer a space for a critical interrogation of our understanding about the ways that race and racism shape our interior worlds. In this course, we begin from two premises. First, that ‘race’ is a social construct rather than a meaningful biological category, but one that is nevertheless real in its consequences; and, second, that racism is systemic, both structural and material. The questions explored here are meant to extend and deepen that structural analysis to ask what are the emotional, affective, and psychological ways that we experience race and racism in everyday life. To do this, we will read primarily personal essays and memoirs written by people exploring their racial identity and experience.

Profs. Ruth Milkman, Katherine Chen –;
Soc. 85600 – Change and Crisis in Universities:  Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times
Tuesdays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits
This course examines recent trends affecting higher education, with special attention to how those trends exacerbate class, race/ethnicity, and gender inequalities.  With the rising hegemony of a market logic, colleges and universities have been transformed into entrepreneurial institutions.  Inequality has widened between elite private universities with vast resources and public institutions where students and faculty must “do more with less,” and austerity has fostered skyrocketing tuition and student debt.  Tenure-track faculty lines have eroded as contingent academic employment balloons.  The rise of on-line “learning” and expanding class sizes have raised concerns about the quality of higher education, student retention rates, and faculty workloads.  Despite higher education’s professed commitment to diversity, disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups remain underrepresented, especially among faculty.  Amid growing concerns about the impact of microaggressions, harassment, and even violence on college campuses, liberal academic traditions are under attack from the right.  Drawing on social science research on inequality, organizations, occupations, and labor, this course will explore such developments, as well as recent efforts by students and faculty to reclaim higher education institutions.

Prof. Carla Shedd –
Soc. 85800 – Race, Place, and Inequality
Mondays, 4:15 – 6:15pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Amidst increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States, there is growing concern that
racial and ethnic minorities in American cities will face even greater inequalities with respect to
access to housing, resources, educational/employment opportunities, etc. This seminar critically
examines how racial/ethnic inequality is generated and maintained in contemporary American
society.  The readings will cover major theoretical approaches and (quantitative and qualitative)
empirical investigations of racial and ethnic stratification in several urban cities, notably
Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York City.  This course will also explore the merits and
limitations of various paradigms that aim to explain racial inequalities and the concomitant social
policies that have been implemented and/or proposed to address the same.

Prof. Greg Smithsimon–
Soc. 72500 – Urban Sociology
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Room TBA, 3 credits

Urban areas are at the heart of issues like climate change, racial inequality, capital
accumulation, and contests over the politics and use public space. This course will examine
sociological work focused on US cities. We will consider the modern and postmodern city,
the spatial turn in Marxist interpretations of the city, the central role of race and ethnicity in
US cities, and the role of neighborhoods and enclaves for both the working-class and elites.
We will read classic and contemporary urban ethnographies. The course will look at cities
and the effects of disasters, the impact of globalization, and the growing research on suburbs.