Neil L. Gross
Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., 2002, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Expertise
- Sociological theory
- Sociology of intellectuals
- Sociology of higher education
Courses Currently Teaching
|SO131 A||Introduction to Sociology|
|SO243 A||College in Crisis?|
|SO364 A||Policing the American City|
|SO366 A||American Class Structure|
Neil Gross joined the Colby faculty in 2015 as chair of the Department of Sociology. He taught previously at Princeton, the University of British Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Southern California.
Gross works primarily on sociological theory and the sociology of intellectual life. He is the author of Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? (Harvard, 2013) and Richard Rorty: The Making of an American Philosopher (Chicago, 2008). He is the coeditor of Professors and Their Politics (with Solon Simmons, Johns Hopkins, 2014); of Social Knowledge in the Making (with Charles Camic and Michele Lamont, Chicago, 2011), and of Durkheim’s Philosophy Lectures: Notes from the Lycée de Sens Course, 1883-4 (with Robert Alun Jones, Cambridge, 2004).
Gross’s articles have been published in the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Theory & Society, and other leading journals of the field. From 2009-2015 he edited Sociological Theory, the theory journal of the American Sociological Association. He is the past chair of the ASA’s History of Sociology and Theory sections.
New academic publications include:
"Is There a 'Ferguson Effect?' Google Searches, Concern About Police Violence, and Crime in U.S. Cities, 2014-16." (With Marcus Mann.) Socius 2017.
"Norms and Mental Imagery." (With Zachary Hyde.) In Social Theory Now, Claudio Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Reed, eds. University of Chicago Press, 2017.
"Pragmatism and the Study of Large-Scale Social Phenomena." Forthcoming in Theory & Society.
Essays in the New York Times:
Professors Behaving Badly (10/1/17)
Is Trump's Turmoil Slowing Economic Growth? (8/5/17)
Does Trump Embarrass You? (6/16/17)
How To Do Social Science Without Data (2/9/17)
Are Americans Experiencing Collective Trauma? (12/16/16)
Is There a Ferguson Effect? (10/2/16)
The Decline of Unions and the Rise of Trump (8/14/16)
Why Are the Highly Educated So Liberal? (5/15/16)
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