Professor of Sociology
Mark Gould is Professor of Sociology. He has a B.A. in sociology from Reed College, where he worked with Howard Jolly, John Pock and John Tomsich, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, where he worked with Talcott Parsons, Barrington Moore, Jr., Kenneth Arrow, Judith Shklar, Karl Deutsch, and Shmuel Eisenstadt. He is a social theorist; consequently, he gets to teach and write about whatever he chooses, including the role of capitalist social development in the genesis of the English Revolution; the nature of contemporary racism, culture, opportunity structures and poverty in the inner-city USA; the logic of perfect and imperfect information microeconomic models and why the latter need to be reconstructed sociologically; the jurisprudential consequences of the sociological reconstruction of economic theory-especially for the law of employment discrimination and for the reconstruction of fiduciary obligations in corporate law; the jurisprudential consequences of a sociological construction of philosophical theory-especially in contract law and in discussions of affirmative action; on the nature of valid social orders and their derivation from values that legitimate and procedures that justify actions within them, in, for example, discussions about consensual sexual relationship policies in colleges and universities; about the relationship between theory and empirical research, and the relationship between normative and empirical theory, and about Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Freud, Parsons, Merton, Dworkin, George Herbert Mead, Habermas, Luhmann, and others. He is now writing about the logic of religious commitment and its consequences in Islam, about Islamic constitutionalism, about the role of reason in Christianity and Islam, and about a group of folks, including Kemal A. Faruki, who have attempted to reconstruct Islam(ic law).
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Lisa McCormick is an Assistant Professor of Sociology on a tenure-track appointment. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of cultural sociology, sociology of the arts, self and identity, social theory, and qualitative methods. She is co-editor, with Ron Eyerman, of Myth, Meaning and Performance: Toward a New Cultural Sociology of the Arts (Paradigm 2006). McCormick graduated from Rice University with a B.Mus. in Cello Performance and a B.A. in Sociology, both summa cum laude. She was a Rhodes Scholar (Alberta & Corpus Christi 1998), earning a Master of Philosophy in Music: Performance and Interpretation from Oxford University. In 2008, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. Prof. McCormick is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale. She also serves on the editorial board for the journal Music & Art in Action.
Office: Roberts 102
Visiting Professor of Sociology & Department Chair
Matthew McKeever is Visiting Professor of Sociology and Department Chair. He conducts research in international comparative social stratification. In particular, he studies the ways that categorical distinctions impact the distribution of education, occupation, and income in a society, particularly during times of social change. He has examined these issues in the U.S., South Africa, Hungary, and Taiwan. He is currently working on research on the relationship of family structure to income inequality for mothers in the U.S., and economic inequality in contemporary South Africa.
McKeever earned his B.A. from Haverford, and his Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. For the past decade he has been a member of the faculty of Mount Holyoke College. He has also taught at Rice University, University of Houston, University of Kentucky, and Yale University.
Office: Roberts 104
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Liping Wang has recently completely her dissertation at the University of Chicago. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, comparative historical sociology, ethnic studies, social theory and the history of modern China in global context. In addition to her dissertation project on the unique structure of the Chinese imperial system and the patterns of Mongol-Han interaction in different localities, she has conducted extensive research on the growth of familial ties, state capacity and territorial annexation in the early Qing empire, comparing these trends to those in early modern Europe. She has also worked diligently to investigate the motley system of social scientific knowledge of ethnicity in Republican China. At the University of Chicago, she has taught various courses focusing on the topics of ethnicity, nationalism, empire and colonialism, particularly from a comparative perspective.
Office: Roberts 108