Daniel Chambliss, the Eugene M. Tobin Distinguished Professor of Sociology

A.B., New College; A.M., M.Phil. and Ph.D., Yale University
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Areas of expertise: higher education, research methods, social theory and organizations

Dan Chambliss earned a doctorate from Yale University. His research interests are formal organizations, social psychology and research methods. His book, Beyond Caring: Hospitals, Nurses and the Social Organization of Ethics, won the Eliot Freidson Prize in 1998 from the American Sociological Association. He also won the ASA's Theory Prize for his work on organizational excellence. Chambliss’s Champions: The Making of Olympic Swimmers, was named the 1991 Book of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. He and Russell Schutt cowrote Making Sense of the Social World, a research methods textbook. Chambliss and Christopher Takacs '05 co-wrote How College Works, published in 2014.

Benjamin DiCicco-Bloom, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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DiCicco-Bloom’s research and teaching interests include the sociology of health, illness and disability; ethnographic methods and theory, social interaction and interdependenc, and aging, care work and social problems. He is currently working on a book manuscript (under contract with Princeton University Press) that is based on an ethnographic study of families with an adult member with autism. Though most accounts of autism focus on children, the experiences of adults with autism and those of their caretakers are just as relevant to a deep understanding of the condition. To chronicle and analyze these experiences DiCicco-Bloom followed 13 families (most of whom he lived with for varying periods of times) as they provided care and support for adults with autism. DiCicco-Bloom also is involved in co-authoring several ethnographic papers looking at social dynamics between different occupational groups (e.g. nurses, doctors) and institutions (e.g. hospice programs, hospitals, primary care) in American healthcare.

Stephen Ellingson, Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Seattle Pacific University; M.A., Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
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Areas of expertise: sociology of religion, culture, and collective behavior and social movements

Stephen Ellingson earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. His research interests are the sociology of religion, sociology of culture and social movements and collective behavior. His current research examines the relationships among religious and nonreligious environmental organizations. He is the author of The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-First Century, which won the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is also co-author of The Sexual Organization of the City; co-editor of Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective; and co-author of Organizational Ethics in Health Care: Principles, Cases and Practical Solutions.

Dennis Gilbert, Professor of Sociology

B.A., University of California at Berkeley; M.A., University of Oregon; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Areas of expertise: Social class in America, growing inequality, middle class, Latin American society and history

Dennis Gilbert earned a doctorate in sociology from Cornell University. His primary research interests are Latin American society and history and the American class system. Gilbert is the author of The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality (Sage, 2015), and Mexico's Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era (University of Arizona Press, 2007) and Sandinistas: The Party and the Revolution (Blackwell, 1990), among other works.

Jaime Lee Kucinskas, Assistant Professor of Sociology

B.A., Colorado College; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Indiana University
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Areas of expertise: Buddhism, spirituality, and meditation in America; religious, cultural and social change

Jaime Kucinskas earned master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree at Colorado College. Her research interests span the sociology of religion, inequality, social movements, cultural and organizational change and field development. Kucinskas is researching the mainstreaming of Buddhist meditation and lived religion in secular institutions in the West. A part of her dissertation research earned the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Section’s Graduate Student Paper Award. Kucinskas has also conducted research on global income inequality and gender inequality in the Middle East.

Yvonne Zylan, Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Yale University; M.Phil. and Ph.D., New York University; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
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Areas of expertise: Law and society, political sociology, the state and social policy, social theory, social movements, sociology of sexuality

Yvonne Zylan earned a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has published articles in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among other periodicals. Her book, States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire, is a study of sexuality, social theory and the law. Her areas of scholarship include law and society, sexuality, social theory, political sociology, and the state and social policy. Zylan practiced law at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.