Faculty

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Bruce Western

UNI: 
bw2562
Bruce
Western

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

jl5084@columbia.edu
Jennifer
Lee
Professor
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
605 Knox Hall
Office Hours: 
ON LEAVE Spring 2018

 A renowned scholar of immigration, race/ethnicity, and inequality, Professor Jennifer Lee returns to her alma mater as Professor of Sociology and as a Core Faculty Member of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

Maria Abascal

Maria Abascal

UNI: 
mca2113
mca2113@columbia.edu
Assistant Professor

Gil Eyal

Gil Eyal

UNI: 
GE2027
kw2510@columbia.edu
Gil
Eyal
Professor of Sociology
Phone: 
212-854-4272
Department: 
Sociology
Office Hours: 
By appointment only.
606 West 122nd Street
Areas of Interest: 
Sociology of Expertise Intellectuals Sociology of Knowledge and Science Comparative Historical Sociology Social Theory
Education: 

Ph.D., UCLA, 1997

Biographical Note: 

Gil Eyal's work deals with sociology of expertise, intellectuals and knowledge, in particular as it relates to broader political processes and to the interstitial spaces between fields. In two early books he has dealt with the transition from socialism to capitalism in Eastern Europe, and the role played by intellectuals, technocrats and in particular economists in the process. (With Ivan Szelenyi and Eleanor Townsley) Making Capitalism without Capitalists. (London: Verso, 1998); The Origins of Post-Communist Elites: From the Prague Spring to the Breakup of Czechoslovakia. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003). A later book dealt with expertise about Arab affairs and the role it plays in Israeli society, government and the military: The Disenchantment of the Orient. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006). His latest book provides a sociological explanation for the current autism epidemic, and traces the blurring of boundaries between experts and laypeople that play a role in the dynamics leading to the epidemic. (With Brendan Hart, Emine Onculer, Neta Oren and Natasha Rossi) The Autism Matrix: The Social Origins of the Autism Epidemic. (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010). The approach applied in this book is developed further in his recent article: "For a Sociology of Expertise: The Social Origins of the Autism Epidemic,” AJS Vol. 118, No. 4 (January 2013), pp. 863-907.

Mignon R. Moore

Mignon R. Moore

UNI: 
mm1664
mm1664@columbia.edu
Mignon
Moore
Associate Professor
Phone: 
212-854-5910
Department: 
Barnard Sociology
Room: 
Milbank 332B
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays 2-4pm
Areas of Interest: 
LGBT populations, family, race, sexuality, gender, qualitative methods, aging, adolescence
Education: 

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998

Biographical Note: 

Professor Moore has research and teaching interests in the sociology of family, race, gender, sexuality, qualitative methods, aging, and adolescence. Her first book, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women (2011 California Press) examined the intersection of race with sexual orientation for family-building and lesbian identity among African-American women. Her current research includes a new book project on the social histories of LGBT seniors in New York and Los Angeles, the negotiation of religious and community life for lesbians and gay men of faith, and the promotion of healthy aging for racial and ethnic minority elders.

Publications: 

Books

Moore, Mignon R. 2011. Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black Women. University of California Press.

 

Selected Publications

Moore, Mignon R. 2017. "Women of Color in the Academy: Navigating Multiple Intersections and Multiple Hierarchies." Social Problems 61, 2: 200-205

Moore, Mignon R. 2017. "Challenges, Triumphs and Praxis: Collecting Qualitative Data on Less Visible and Marginalized Populations." Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology. D. Compton, T. Meadow & K. Shilt, eds. University of California Press.

Moore, Mignon R. 2015. “LGBT Populations in Studies of Urban Neighborhoods: Making the Invisible Visible.” City & Community 14, 3: 245-248.

Moore, Mignon R. 2016. “Division of Labor and Money Management in LGBQ Stepfamilies” in Abbie Goldberg (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Moore, Mignon R. and Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer. 2013. “LGBT Sexuality and Families at the Start of the 21st Century.” Annual Review of Sociology 39: 491-507.

Moore, Mignon R.  2012. “Intersectionality and the Study of Black, Sexual Minority Women.” Gender & Society 26, 1: 33-39.

Moore, Mignon R. 2010. “Articulating a Politics of (Multiple) Identities: Sexuality and Inclusion in Black Community Life.” DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race7, 2: 1-20.

Moore, Mignon R. 2008. “Gendered Power Relations among Women: A Study of Household Decision-Making in Lesbian Stepfamilies.”American Sociological Review, 73, 2: 335-356.

Moore, Mignon R. 2006. “Lipstick or Timberlands?  Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities.”  SIGNS:  Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 32, 1: 113-139.

Tey Meadow

Tey Meadow

UNI: 
tm2846
tm2846@columbia.edu
Tey
Meadow
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: 
+1 212 853 1341
Campus Phone: 
MS 3-1341
Department: 
Department of Sociology
401410X
Room: 
617
Office Hours: 
by appointment
606 West 122nd St, Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9649,United States
Areas of Interest: 
Gender, Sexuality, Law, Classifications
Biographical Note: 

Tey Meadow’s scholarship spans the domains of law, politics, the family, sexuality and gender, with a specific focus on the creation and maintenance of social classifications. Her first book, Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty First Century, is a study of the first generation of families affirming and facilitating gender nonconformity in children. In it, she offers sociologists a new theory of gender, one that accounts for the intricate relationship between personal identities and social institutions. Tey’s other research examines the ways individuals negotiate social classifications, feminist and queer ethnographic research methods, ideas of collective pleasure and the relationship between risk and intimacy. Her previous work examined the operation of legal gender classifications, feminist ethnographic research methods, and the politics of family diversity in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her articles have appeared in Gender & Society, Sexualities, Politics and Society, Contemporary Ethnography and in a number of edited volumes. She is a co-editor of the forthcoming volume Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology.

Tey holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a PhD in Sociology from New York University. Prior to joining Columbia’s faculty, she was a Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Fellow in LGBT Studies in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University, and an assistant professor of sociology and women’s gender and sexuality studies at Harvard University.

Publications: 

Tey Meadow. 2018. Trans Kids: Being Gendered in the Twenty-First Century. Berkeley: The University of California Press.

D’Lane Compton, Tey Meadow and Kristen Schilt Eds. 2018.  Other, Please Specify: Queer Methods in Sociology. Berkeley: The University of California Press.

Tey Meadow. 2017. “Whose Chosenness Counts? The Always-Already Racialized Discourse of Trans*” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(8): 1306-1311.

Tey Meadow. 2014. “Child” Transgender Studies Quarterly, 1(1-2): 57-59.

Tey Meadow. 2013. “Studying Each Other: On Agency, Constraint and Positionality in the Field.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 42(4): 466-481.

Tey Meadow. 2011. “Deep Down Where the Music Plays: How Parents Account for Childhood Gender Variance” Sexualities, 14(6): 725-747.

Tey Meadow. 2010. “’A Rose is a Rose’: On the Production of Legal Gender Classifications” Gender & Society, 24(6): 814-837.

Judith Stacey and Tey Meadow. 2009. “New Slants on the Slippery Slope: The Politics of Polygamy and Gay Family Rights in South Africa and the United States.” Politics and Society, 37(2): 167-202.

Andreas Wimmer

Andreas Wimmer

UNI: 
aw2951
kw2510@columbia.edu
Andreas
Wimmer
Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
605 Knox Hall
Office Hours: 
By Appointment
Areas of Specialty: 
Comparative Historical Sociology, Theory, Research Design, Social Networks, Culture

Dan J. Wang

Dan J. Wang

UNI: 
djw2104
Dan
Wang
Assistant Professor of Business
Phone: 
+1 212 854 3401
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-3401
Department: 
Business^Management
511040X
101 Uris, United States

Van C. Tran

Van C. Tran

UNI: 
vct2105
vct2105@columbia.edu
Van
Tran
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Campus Phone: 
212-854-4115
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
607 Knox Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment.
OFFICE ADDRESS: 607 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St., New York, NY 10027
Areas of Interest: 
Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Social Inequality, Public Policy, Population Health
Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard, 2011

Biographical Note: 

Van C. Tran is a sociologist whose research and writing broadly focus on the incorporation of Asian and Latino immigrants and their children, as well as its implications for American culture, politics and society. Within this area, his contribution lies in the study of the second generation (i.e. children of immigrants born in the U.S.) and how ethnic neighborhoods and cultural processes shape social mobility among second-generation Asian and Latino/a Americans.

At Columbia, he is working on a few lines of research. The first project focuses on second-generation assimilation in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The second project examines the role of hyper-selectivity on Asian second-generation achievement and its implications for the “racial mobility” of Asian Americans. The third project documents the rise of hyper-gentrification and its impact on neighborhoods and social life along Amsterdam Avenue.

As an immigration scholar and urban sociologist, his research and teaching are deeply intertwined with the vibrancy and diversity of New York City. He follows a long tradition of scholars who engage with the city as a social laboratory for original research that seeks to inform urban social policy. His more recent work adopts a comparative approach to the study of race and migration in China, in Europe and in the U.S.

His research has been published in both sociology and interdisciplinary journals, including Social Forces, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, City & Community, Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. His scholarship has also been recognized with awards from the Section on International Migration, Section on Latino/a Sociology and Section on Community and Urban Sociology of the American Sociological Association.

At Columbia, Tran has taught a wide range of courses on race, ethnicity, and immigration, neighborhoods and urban poverty, and research methods, including the popular seminar Immigrant New York. He is also the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop. Tran is deeply devoted to the teaching and advising of his students and his work was recognized with the 2017 GSAS Faculty Mentoring Award.

Tran is actively engaged with the discipline, having served in many elected and appointed positions at both the Eastern Sociological Society and the American Sociological Association. Most recently, he serves as a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, on the editorial board for Social Forces, on the ASA Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award Committee, on the Program Committee for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, and as a Council Member for the ASA Section on International Migration.

Tran is deeply committed to public service. He serves as a member of the academic advisory committee for New York at Its Core, a new landmark permanent exhibition celebrating the city’s history and diversity at the Museum of the City of New York which opened in November 2016. He served on the selection committee for the Soros Fellowships for New Americans which honors the exceptional contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants. He is a frequent commentator in the media and was selected as an NPR Source of the Week in July 2015. He is also on the advisory board of the Youth & Hope Foundation which provides medical, educational and humanitarian resources to the most disadvantaged children in rural Vietnam.

Tran was born in Vietnam and grew up in Thailand before resettling in New York City as a refugee in 1998. He developed his interest in immigration and urban inequality as an observer of the city’s many diverse communities.

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Courses to be offered Fall 2018:

Fall 2018: Senior Thesis Seminar (Undergraduate)

Fall 2018: Neighborhood Effects and Urban Poverty (Graduate)

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Publications: 

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Jennifer C. Lena

Jennifer C. Lena

UNI: 
jcl42
jcl42@columbia.edu
Jennifer
Lena
Associate Professor
Fax: 
212.678.4048
Campus Phone: 
212.678.3271
Room: 
413B Zankel Hall
Areas of Specialty: 
Culture, Organizations, Elites, Stratification
Biographical Note: 

Jennifer C. Lena is Associate Professor of Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University and has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology. She is co-editor (with Frederick Wherry and Greta Hsu) of a book series, Culture and Economic Life, published by Stanford University Press. She is also co-editor of the journal Poetics. She is past Chair of the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association.

Lena is a past fellow of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, and held faculty positions at Vanderbilt University and Barnard College. Her research focuses on understanding processes of classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories like genres. Lena also examines non-profit executive transitions and organizational closure, particularly in the visual and performing arts, and service organizations. She is the author of Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (Princeton University Press, 2012), which was named one of Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Poetics, and American Behavioral Scientist, among other peer-reviewed journals, and has been reprinted in texts dedicated to highlighting excellence in social science methods, hip-hop scholarship, and the sociology of culture. Lena is reputed to be the first sociologist to commission a Grammy-nominated album: Hilos (composer: Gabriela Frank; performed by ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; released in 2010 by Naxos Records). Her current projects include a study of the increasingly broad and diverse tastes of U.S. elites, provisionally titled, Entitled

Publications: 

Representative examples from each research stream in the past several years:

Lena, Jennifer C. 2012. Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music. Princeton University Press.

Lena, Jennifer C. and Erin Johnston. 2015. “U.S. Cultural Engagement with Global Muslim Communities: Contours and Connections in an Emerging Field.” Grantmakers in the Arts Reader. Vol. 26 (1): 9-13.

Lena, Jennifer C. 2015. “Culture, Production of: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century.” International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2nd Edition. Section Ed. Kees van Rees; Ed. in Chief, James Wright. Elsevier. Pp. 608-613.

Lena, Jennifer C. and Danielle Lindemann. 2014. “Who is an Artist? New Data for an Old Question.” Poetics. Special issue: Art at the Crossroads. Ed. Victoria Alexander and Anne Bower. Vol. 43: 70-85.

Lena, Jennifer C. 2014. “Making It Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates.” Annual Report on the 2013 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). With Sally Gaskill, Rebecca F. Houghton, Amber Lambert, Angie Miller, and Steven J. Tepper. Pp. 1-30.

Lena, Jennifer C. January/February 2013. “A Visit From The Credibility Squad.” Pacific Standard. Pgs. 32-35.

Lena, Jennifer C. 2011. “Tradition and Transformation at the Fan Fair Festival.” Pp. 224-248 in Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events, ed. Brian Moeran and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen. Cambridge University Press.

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