Kenneth H. Tucker, Jr.
Kenneth Tucker’s teaching and research interests include sociological theory, historical sociology, social movements, social inequality, and contemporary media. He is the author of five books, most recently Workers of the World Enjoy! (2010), and many articles, including The Political is Personal, Expressive, Aesthetic, and Networked: Contemporary American Languages of the Self from Trump to Black Lives Matter (2017). His current research focuses on the creation of a distinctive upper class culture in late nineteenth century New England and an exploration of the rise and cultural significance of contemporary populism, in particular the appeal of Donald Trump.
Patricia A. Banks
Patricia A. Banks studies culture, patronage, and markets with a focus on the African Diaspora. Banks will be at Stanford University as a CASBS Fellow in 2018-2019. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class she investigates the bi-directional relationship between art collecting and identity. Banks is completing Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption (Routledge) where she brings sociological theory to bear on race and ethnicity in the marketplace. She is also exploring philanthropy at African American museums, corporate support for the arts, and the market for contemporary African art.
Richard D. Moran
Lynn M. Morgan
Lynn M. Morgan, a medical anthropologist and feminist science studies scholar, has authored and edited three books including most recently Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos (University of California Press, 2009), and over 30 articles. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the School for Advanced Research. She is a founding member of the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS), and Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ). She is currently writing about the backlash against reproductive rights movements in Latin America.
Eleanor R. Townsley
Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise, and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Townsley served as associate dean of faculty from 2012 to 2016 and is the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program.
Ayca Zayim's research lies at the intersection of economic and political sociology, and the sociology of globalization and development. In particular, she studies power dynamics between global finance and central banks in emerging economies. Based on extensive field research in a global financial center, London, and two emerging economies, South Africa and Turkey, she explores how the power of finance operates in central banking under financial globalization. Her research has been supported by the Center for Engaged Scholarship, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowship. Her future research aims to unpack knowledge production by financiers at global brokerage firms and investment banks.
Tim Malacarne is interested in the way in which our interpersonal relationships shape our lives and the ways in which network methods can be used to study culture more broadly. He teaches classes on social networks, quantitative methods, and the role of algorithms and statistics in shaping our social world. His recent work looks at friendship formation between students from different socio-economic groups. His ongoing projects examine the way in which students’ conception of what makes a desirable job affects their educational decisions and how reference networks within country music allow artists to assert their own authenticity and place within a cultural tradition.
Cass Sever is compelled by questions at the nexus of crime, inequality and urbanization. Presently, her work seeks to understand how criminal justice surveillance, such as offender registration systems, shapes and perpetuates inequality. Her current research uses ethnographic fieldwork with registered sex offenders, local community members and criminal justice agents to explore how contemporary criminal justice policy and discourse impact the lives of registered people.
Nickie Michaud Wild
Nickie Michaud Wild conducts research on narratives in the media about popular culture, fandom, politics and political humor, culture, moral panics, conspiracy theories, and 9/11. She is currently developing her dissertation about the evolution of political humor on television, during the presidential elections from 1980 to the present, into a book. Michaud Wild has taught a number of popular interdisciplinary courses including 9/11 and the War on Terror, and Cults, Conspiracies, and Moral Panics.
Michelle Pietras is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. Michelle manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, and events, and is located in Porter Hall, Room 102.