Faculty

Teresa Sharpe

Teresa Sharpe

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Teresa
Sharpe
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Adam Reich

Adam Reich

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ar3237@columbia.edu
Adam
Reich
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Sociology
Room: 
Knox 705
Areas of Interest: 
Economic Sociology, Medical Sociology, Sociology of Work, Social Movements, Social Control
Education: 

Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley, 2012

Biographical Note: 

Adam Reich received his PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley in 2012, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia from 2012 to 2014.  He focuses on economic and cultural sociology.  Much of his research concerns how people make sense of their economic activities and economic positions within organizations.  Reich is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Selling Our Souls: The Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States (Princeton, 2014).  He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles, which have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology and Social Science & Medicine.

Bruce Western

Bruce Western

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Bruce
Western

Bruce G. Link

Bruce G. Link

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Bruce
Link
Phone: 
+1 212 305 4547
Department: 
Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Thomas A. DiPrete

Thomas A. DiPrete

UNI: 
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tad61@columbia.edu
Thomas
DiPrete
Giddings Professor of Sociology
Co-Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Phone: 
+1 212 851 9281
Campus Phone: 
MS 1-9281
Room: 
601B Knox
601B Knox Hall, Mail Code: 9649, United States
Biographical Note: 

 Thomas A. DiPrete is Giddings Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), co-director of the Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality at Columbia University, and a faculty member of the Columbia Population Research Center.  DiPrete holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.  He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Duke University, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as Columbia. DiPrete’s research interests include social stratification, demography, education, economic sociology, and quantitative methodology.  A specialist in comparative research, DiPrete has held research appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Social Science Research Center – Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University of Amsterdam.  His recent and ongoing projects include the study of gender differences in educational performance, educational attainment, and fields of study, the determinants of college persistence and dropout in the U.S., a comparative study of how educational expansion and the structure of linkages between education and the labor market contribute to earnings inequality in several industrialized countries, and the study of how social comparison processes affect the compensation of corporate executives.

Publications: 

2016 (forthcoming). T. DiPrete, Thijs Bol, Christina Ciocca, and Herman van de Werfhorst. “School-Work Linkages in France, Germany, and the United States.” American Journal of Sociology.

2016.  Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “The Consequences of National Math and Science Performance: Gender Differences in STEM Aspirations. Sociological Science. DOI 10.15195/v3.a25.

2016.   Martha Bailey and T. DiPrete, editors. A Half Century of Change in the Lives of American Women. Special Issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Journal of the Social Sciences.

2015. Sigal Alon and T. DiPrete. “Orientation vs. Behavior: Gender Differences in Field of Study Choice Set.” Sociological Science. 2:50-81

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “The High School Environment and the Gender Gap in Science and Engineering Degrees.” Sociology of Education, 87:259-280.

2014. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “Pathways to Science and Engineering Bachelor Degrees for Men and Women.” Sociological Science. 1:41-48.

2013. T. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann. The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press. 

      ----Winner, Outstanding Book Award, Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Section of the American Sociological Asociation.

      ----Winner, Otis Dudley Duncan Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Demography.   Awarded by the Section on Population of the American Sociological Association.

      ---- https://www.russellsage.org/publications/rise-women.

2013. Matthew Pittinsky and T. DiPrete. "Peer Group Ties and Executive Compensation Networks." Social Science Research. 42: 1675-1692.

2013. Allison Mann and T. DiPrete. “Trends in Gender Segregation in the Choice of Science and Engineering Majors.” Social Science Research. 42: 1519-1541.

2012. Joscha Legewie and T. DiPrete. “School Context and the Gender Gap in Educational Achievement.”  American Sociological Review. 77: 463–485.

    -- Honorable Mention, Coleman Award of the ASA Section on Education.

2012. T. DiPrete and Jennifer Jennings. “Social/Behavioral Skills and the Gender Gap in Early Educational Achievement.” Social Science Research. 41:1-15.

2011.  Anne McDaniel, T. DiPrete, Claudia Buchmann, and Uri Shwed. “The Black Gender Gap in Educational Attainment: Historical Trends and Racial Comparisons.” Demography.  48: 889-914. (Winner, 2012 IPUMS Research Award).

2011. T. DiPrete, Andrew Gelman, Julien Teitler, Tian Zheng, and Tyler McCormick. “Segregation in Social Networks Based on Acquaintanceship and Trust.” American Journal of Sociology. 116:1234-1283.

2010. T. DiPrete, Greg Eirich, and Matthew Pittinsky. “Compensation Benchmarking, Leapfrogs, and the Surge in Executive Pay.” American Journal of Sociology. 115: 1671-1712. Condensed version forthcoming in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective (4th edition), edited by David Grusky. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

2010. Jennifer Jennings and T. DiPrete.  “Teacher Effects on Academic and Social Outcomes in Elementary School.” Sociology of Education. 83:135-159.

2008. Ellen Verbakel and T. DiPrete. “Non-Working Time, Income Inequality, and Quality of Life Comparisons: The Case of the U.S. vs. the Netherlands.” Social Forces. 87: 679-712.

2008. “Gender Inequalities in Education.”  (Claudia Buchmann, T. DiPrete, and Anne McDaniel).  Annual Review of Sociology. 34: 319-337.

2007.  "Is this a Great Country?  Upward Mobility and the Chances for Riches in Contemporary America."  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 25: 89-95.

2007. “What has Sociology to Contribute to the Study of Inequality Trends?  An Historical and Comparative Perspective.” Journal of the American Behavioral Scientist. 50:603-618.

2006. The Growing Female Advantage in College Completion: The Role of Parental Education, Family Structure, and Academic Achievement. (Claudia Buchmann and T. DiPrete).  American Sociological Review 71:515-541. (Winner of the Willard Waller Prize by the ASA Section on Education).

2006. Work and Pay in Flexible and Regulated Labor Markets: A Generalized Perspective on Institutional Evolution and Inequality Trends in Europe and the U.S. (T. DiPrete, Eric Maurin, Dominique Goux, and Amelie Quesnel-Vallee). Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24:311-332.

2006. Cumulative Advantage as a Mechanism for Inequality: A Review of Theory and Evidence (T. DiPrete and Greg Eirich). Annual Review of Sociology 32:271-297.

2006.  “What Have We Learned? RC28’s Contributions to Knowledge about Social Stratification.” (Michael Hout and T. DiPrete).  Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 24: 1-20.

2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosen 2004.  “Assessing Bias in the Estimation of Causal Effects: Rosenbaum Bounds on Matching Estimators and Instrumental Variables Estimation with Imperfect Instruments.”  (T. DiPrete and Markus Gangl).  Sociological Methodology 34:271-310

2004.  “Estimating Causal Effects with Matching Methods in the Presence and Absence of Bias Cancellation.”  (T. DiPrete and Henriette Engelhardt).  Sociological Methods and Research  32(4): 501-528.  Awarded the 2005 SOEP Prize for the best published scientific paper during 2003 and 2004 using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel by the Association of Friends of the German Institute for Economic Science, Berlin (DIW Berlin).

Jonathan Rieder

Jonathan Rieder

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jr324@columbia.edu
Jonathan
Rieder
Professor
(Barnard)
Phone: 
212-854-4359
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
322C Milbank
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Racial and Ethnic Conflict, American Culture and Politics, Sociology of Culture, Politics and Language, Ethnic Pluralism
Education: 

Ph.D., Yale, 1978

Biographical Note: 


Jonathan Rieder joined the faculty of Barnard College in 1990 and chaired the department from 1990 through 2003. He previously taught at Yale University and Swarthmore College. In addition to his teaching in the Sociology Department, Professor Rieder is affiliated with Barnard's programs in American Studies, Jewish Studies, and Human Rights Studies. A member of the graduate faculty of Columbia University’s Sociology Department, he is also affiliated with the Columbia American Studies Department.  Rieder teaches courses on contemporary American culture and politics;  unity and division in the United States;  the sociology of culture; and race, ethnicity,  and American pluralism. He has regularly taught "The Shapes and Shadows of Identity" in the Barnard First-Year Writing Program. His latest course is From Rhythm and Blues to Soul and Rock: The Sociology of Crossover Culture.

Rieder is the author of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also the author of The Word of the Lord Is upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn against Liberalism. He edited The Fractious Nation: Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life. Between 1995 and 2001, He was a cofounding editor of CommonQuest:The Magazine of Black- Jewish Relations. He has been a regular commentator on TV and radio, a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor for The New Republic. He has been a Member and a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton, The Wilson Center, the National Humanities Center, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He is currently working on a book about the rise of contemporary crossover culture and the transition of rhythm and blues into soul music.

 

Publications: 

Recent Publications:

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation(Bloomsbury, 2013).

 

King May Have Dreamed,” The Los Angeles Times, August 25, 2013.

 

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rieder-mlk-dream-speech-anniversary-20130823,0,1572660.story

 

“Songs of the Slaves,” The New Yorker, August, 23, 2013.


http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/jonathan-rieder

“The Prophet Unbound,” The Washington Post, April 23, 2013.


 

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-04-23/national/38760079_1_birmingham-jail-martin-luther-king-prophet

 

"Too Black or Not Black Enough?: Final Thoughts on Beer Summits and Postracial Paradoxes," The Huffington Post.

"'I'm Going to Be a Negro Tonight': Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Postracial Paradoxes,"  The Michigan Review, Summer, 2009.

The Word of the Lord is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. (The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2008).

Todd Gitlin

Todd Gitlin

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Todd
Gitlin
Professor
Phone: 
+1 212 854 8124
Campus Phone: 
MS 4-8124
Department: 
School Of Journalism
1800000
Room: 
201F Journalism
Office Hours: 
By appointment
201F Journalism, Mail Code: 3800, United States
Areas of Interest: 
Mass Communication/Public Opinion, Cultural Sociology, Theory
Education: 

Ph.D., California (Berkeley), 1977

Biographical Note: 

Todd Gitlin, an American writer, sociologist, communications scholar, novelist, poet, and not very private intellectual,  is the author of fourteen books, including, most recently (with Liel Leibovitz), The Chosen Peoples:  America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election. Other titles include The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals; The Intellectuals and the Flag; Letters to a Young Activist; Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives; The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars; The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; Inside Prime Time; The Whole World Is Watching; Uptown: Poor Whites in Chicago (co-author); three novels, Undying, Sacrifice and The Murder of Albert Einstein; and a book of poetry, Busy Being Born. These books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. He also edited Watching Television and Campfires of the Resistance.

Elizabeth Bernstein

Elizabeth Bernstein

UNI: 
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eb2032@columbia.edu
Elizabeth
Bernstein
Professor
(Barnard)
Phone: 
212-854-3039
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
208 Barnard Hall
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Areas of Interest: 
Gender, Sexuality and the Body; Late-Capitalist Transformations of Intimacy; Feminist Theories of the State
Education: 

Ph.D., California (Berkeley), 2001

Biographical Note: 

Elizabeth Bernstein, Professor of Women's Studies and Sociology, joined the faculty of Barnard in September, 2002. Her teaching includes such courses as Gender and Power in Transnational Perspective; The Sociology of the Body; and The Sociology of Sexuality.

Her most recent book manuscript, Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom (University of Chicago Press), explores the convergence of feminist, neoliberal, and evangelical Christian interests in the shaping of contemporary U.S. policies around the traffic in women.

Her research and scholarship have been recognized by awards from the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, AAUW, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Sociological Association.

Deborah Becher

Deborah Becher

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Deborah
Becher
Assistant Professor
(Barnard)
Phone: 
212-851-9480
Department: 
Sociology, Barnard College
Room: 
329 Milbank
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Education: 

Ph.D., Princeton, 2009

Biographical Note: 

Debbie is currently revising her dissertation, Valuing Property: Eminent Domain for Urban Redevelopment, Philadelphia 1992-2007, for publication as a book about legitimacy of government investment in private markets. The exceptional act of taking property exposes a moral code operating in many other situations. This moral code of real property, which attempts to match returns to investments, guides individual and organizational action in the contemporary urban United States, but it is not yet described by legal, political, and economic scholarship. This project reveals how institutions and individuals employ this code to resolve tensions between public and private interests.

In the first comprehensive study of a city’s eminent-domain acquisitions, Debbie explores which properties the city pursues for private redevelopment and how stakeholders decide that government actions are either a use or abuse of power. A quantitative overview of citywide practice combines originally collected data on eminent domain with City of Philadelphia and U.S. Census data on properties and neighborhoods, showing that eminent domain has been largely uncontroversial though fairly common (approximately 7,000 properties and 400 development projects pursued from 1992 to 2007). Case studies of two controversial development projects probe more deeply into the porous and shifting boundary between desirable and undesirable government action. Readers follow these projects through planning and implementation, with evidence from public records, documents on file in offices of the Mayor and the Redevelopment Authority, and interviews with residents, business owners, community leaders, government representatives, attorneys, and appraisers. Though in moments of conflict those opposing eminent domain employ an idea of property security as possession (“what’s mine is mine and what’s your is yours”), more flexible approaches to property governance are more common.

Property-governing institutions enforce a moral code trying to value and reward property investment – including emotional, financial, temporal, and cognitive investment. Written rules, public claims, and individual practices aim to ensure that the social environment provides returns to investments of all kinds in a fairly equitable manner. Dissatisfaction and claims of public wrongs arise not when or because government threatens property titles. They arise instead when property-governing institutions fail to meet the task of enforcing this more complex and evasive moral code. The accounts in this book explore specifically how problems related to uncertainty and communications cause these institutional failures that emerge in public discourse as violations of property security as possession.

Courtney Bender

Courtney Bender

UNI: 
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cb337@columbia.edu
Courtney
Bender
Professor
Chair, Department of Religion
Phone: 
+1 212 851 4134
Campus Phone: 
MS 1-4134
Department: 
Religion
3540000
Room: 
103, 80 Claremont Avenue
Office Hours: 
By appointment
80 Claremont, Room 202, Mail Code: 9610,United States
Areas of Interest: 
Cultural Sociology, Religion, Theory
Education: 

Ph.D., Princeton, 1997

Biographical Note: 
Courtney Bender, Professor of Religion at Columbia University, is an ethnographer and qualitative sociologist. Bender's primary research fields are the sociology of religion and culture, social theory, and North American religious history. She received her B.A. at Swarthmore College and her Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton University.  She is the author of Heaven's Kitchen: Living Religion at God's Love We Deliver (University of Chicago Press 2003), The New Metaphysicals: Spirituality and the American Religious Imagination (University of Chicago Press 2010) and the co-editor of volumes on religious pluralism, secularism, and the sociology of religion. She recently served as the chair of the Social Science Research Council's research program New Directions in the Study of Prayer (2011-15). Bender’s current research investigates on the contributions of early twentieth century modernist movements to American spiritual cultures. 
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