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
R. Tyson Smith
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
R. Tyson Smith conducts research in the areas of health, gender, social psychology, criminal justice, and the military. His recent book, Fighting for Recognition, is based on a study of the meanings and motivations of young men who train and perform in community-level independent professional wrestling. He has spent the past three years at Brown University where he was am American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology. Prior to his time at Brown, he was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University’s Institute for Health.