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Sociology Department

John Brueggemann John Brueggemann

Professor of Sociology Quadracci Professor in Social Responsibility 

B.A. Earlham College

M.A., Ph.D. Emory University

Office:  229 Tisch Learning Center

Email:jbruegge@skidmore.edu

Office address

Department of Sociology
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 580-5421

Education

PhD in Sociology, Emory University, 1994
MA in Sociology, Emory University, 1990
BA in Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College, 1987

Areas of research and teaching interest

Stratification, Class, Race, Historical Sociology, Labor
History, Social Movements, Sociology of
Religion,Theory 

Scholarship

John Brueggemann. 2012. "Whose War on Christmas? The Corrosive Power of Cheer and Commerce." Tikkun.org. December 20.

John Brueggemann. 2012. "Reflections on the Morality of Food." Tikkun.org. June 4.

John Brueggemann. 2012. "Random Violence and Our Single Garment of Destiny." Tikkun.org. March 2.

John Brueggemann. 2012. "Christmas Post-Mortem: Santa's Attack on the American Family." Tikkun.org. January 1.

John Brueggemann. 2012. "Socialism in Civil Society." Tikkun. Winter. 27(1): 51.

John Brueggemann. 2012. Review of Everyone’s a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture. 2011, by Joel Best. Contemporary Sociology. March.

John Brueggemann. 2011. “Struggle for the Soul of New Media.” Reflections (Yale Divinity School). Fall. 50-53.
John Brueggemann (editor).  2011.  Social Inequality in the United States: A Reader. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

John Brueggemann. 2010. Rich, Free and Miserable: The Failure of "Success" in America. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

John Brueggemann. 2008. Book Review of U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition. 2000, by Kim Moody. Journal of Economic History 68(1)324-325.

John Brueggemann. 2007. Negotiating the Meaning of Power and the Power of Meaning. Theology Today. 63: 485-492.

Terry Boswell, Cliff Brown, John Brueggemann, T. Ralph Peters. 2006. Racial Competition and Class Solidarity. Albany: SUNY Press.

John Brueggemann. 2004. Book Review of Society Under Siege. 2002. By Zygmunt Bauman Contemporary Sociology. 33: 222-223.

John Brueggemann and Cliff Brown. 2003. "The Decline of Industrial Unionism in the Meatpacking Industry: Event-Structure Analyses of Labor Unrest, 1946-1987." Work and Occupations. 30:327-360.

John Brueggemann. 2003. Book Review of Workplace Justice. 2002. By Sharon Kurtz. Mobilization.359-60.

John Brueggemann. 2002. "Commencement Address." Critical Sociology. 28:281-283.

John Brueggemann. 2002. "Racial Considerations and Public Policy in the 1930's: Economic Change and Political Opportunities." Social Science History. 26:139-178.

John Brueggemann and David Karp. 2002 "'Just Sometimes Our Presence…:' An Interview with H. Ward Greer on the Role of Black Churches in Building Community." Contemporary Justice Review. 5:285-292.

John Brueggemann and Cliff Brown. 2000. "Strategic Labor Organizing in the Era of Industrial Transformation: A Comparative Historical Analysis of Unionization in Steel and Coal, 1870-1916." Review of Radical Political Economics. 32:541-576.

John Brueggemann. 2000. "The Power and Collapse of Paternalism: The Ford Motor Company and Black Workers, 1937-1941." Social Problems. 47:220-240.

Reprinted in Henry Ford: Critical Evaluations inBusiness and Management. John C.Wood and Michael C. Wood, editors. 2003.  New York:  Routledge. (328-357).

Terry Boswell and John Brueggemann. 2000. "The Deskilling of the Copper Mining Industry and Formation of a Nationalist Labor Market Segmentation, 1880-1920." Research in Social Movements, Change, and Conflict. 22: 193-218.

John Brueggemann. 1999. Book Review of W. E. B. DuBois, Race and the City: The Philadelphia Negro and Its Legacy. 1998. Edited by Michael B. Katz and Thomas J. Sugrue. Contemporary Sociology. 28:673-674.

John Brueggemann. 1998. Book Review of The Middle Class and Democracy in Socio-Historical Perspective. 1995, by Ronald M. Glassman. Contemporary Sociology. 27:576-7.

John Brueggemann and Terry Boswell. 1998. "Realizing Solidarity: Sources of Interracial Unionism During the Great Depression." Work and Occupations. 25:436-482

Cliff Brown and John Brueggemann. 1997. "Mobilizing Interracial Solidarity: A Comparison of the 1919 and 1937 Steel Industry Labor Organizing Drives." Mobilization. 2:47-70.

John Brueggemann. 1997. "A Century After the Philadelphia Negro: Reflections on Urban Ethnography and Race in America." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 26:364-374.

John Brueggemann. 1997. Book Review of Direct Action: Radical Pacifism from the Union Eight to the Chicago Seven by James Tracy. Theology Today. 54: 286.

John Brueggemann. 1995. "Class, Race, and Symbolic Community: A Multivariate Analysis." Critical Sociology. 21:71-88.

John Brueggemann. 1994. Book Review of Conflict of Interests: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-1968. By Alan Draper. Contemporary Sociology. 24:46-47.

Co-authored with Anita Beaty, Adam Feuerstein and Ward Smith. 1994. Homelessness in Metropolitan Atlanta. Report for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.

Co-authored with Adam Feuerstein and Ward Smith. 1993. The Criminalization of Poverty: City Ordinances Unfairly Target Homeless People for Arrest. Report for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.

Terry Boswell, Joya Misra and John Brueggemann. 1991. "The Rise and Fall of Amsterdam and Dutch Hegemony: Evidence from the Baltic Sound Tolls, 1500-1750" in Cities in the World System, edited by Resat Kesaba. New York: Praeger.

Terry Boswell, Mike Sweat and John Brueggemann. 1989. "War in the Core of the World System: Testing the Goldstein Thesis," in War in the World System, edited by Robert K. Schaeffer. New York: Greenwood Press.

Papers Presented

2012. "Towards a Public Sociology of Morality: Assessing the Failures of Market Culture," invited presentation for Skidmore Faculty Colloquium, Skidmore College.

2010. “Market Logic and Moral Disorder in the United States,” paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta.

2009. “The Failure of Success in America:  How Expanding Market Logic is Undermining Morality,” paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco.

2008. "Comparative Historical Analysis of Paternalism in Four Firms," (with Cliff Brown) paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Boston

2004. "Committed Sociology: Negotiating the Power of Meaning and the Meaning of Power," invited lecture at the annual meeting of the Capital Region Theological Center, 2004, Albany.

2004. "The Rise and Fall of the United Electrical Workers of America: Defending or Assaulting Democracy in Cold War Labor Politics," paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco.

2002. "The Rise and Fall of the Packinghouse Workers: Event-Structure Analysis of Labor Organizing in the Meatpacking Industry," presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago.

2000. "The Power and Collapse of Paternalism: The Ford Motor Company and Black Workers, 1937-1941," presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C.

2000. "Critical Sociology and the Legacy of C. Wright Mills," invited panelist at the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Washington, D.C.

1999. "Racial Considerations and Public Policy in the 1930's: Economic Change and Political Opportunities,"  presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago.

1999. "Balancing Teaching and Research Expectations in the Early Faculty Career," invited panelist at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago.

1999. "The Future of Critical Sociology," invited panelist at the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago.

1998. "Realizing Solidarity: Sources of Interracial Unionism During the Great Depression," (with Terry Boswell) presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco.

1997. "Strategic Labor Organizing in the Era of Industrial Transformation: A Comparative Historical Analysis of Unionization in Steel and Coal, 1970-1916," (with Cliff Brown) presented at the annual meetings of the Humanist Sociological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.

1997. "Technological Innovations in the Steel and Coal Industries and Interethnic Labor Organizing, 1970-1920: A Comparative Historical Analysis," presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Toronto, Canada.

1997. "The Racial Divide in Labor Organizing," presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA.

1996. "Mobilizing Interracial Solidarity: A Comparison of the 19919 and 1937 Steel Industry Organizing Drives," (with Cliff Brown) presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY.

1995. "Split Labor Markets and Interracial Labor Solidarity: A Comparative Historical Analysis of Nine Cases of Union Organizing Drives, 1869-1952," (with Cliff Brown) paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C.

1995. "Event-structure and Qualitative Comparative Analyses of Three Inter-racial Union Organizing Drives." Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA.

1994. "Comparative Historical Analysis of Inter-racial Labor Organizing in the Coal, Steel and Auto Industries, 1927-1941," (with Terry Boswell) presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, CA.

1994. "Research as a Tool for Addressing Homelessness," presented at the conference on "Homelessness: Reclaiming Our Commitment," sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and the National Coalition for the Homeless, Minneapolis,MN.

1991. "Class, Race and Symbolic Community," paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Cincinnati, OH.

1990. "The Rise and Fall of Amsterdam: Evidence from the Baltic Sound Tolls, 1500-1750," (with Terry Boswell and Joya Misra) presented at the annual meetings of the Political Economy of the World System Section of the American Sociological Association, Seattle, WA.

1988. "War in the Core of the World System: Testing the Goldstein Thesis," (with Terry Boswell and Mike Sweat) presented at the annual meetings of the Political Economy of the World System Section of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta, GA.

Professional Presentations

"The Risks of Scarcity and Abundance in Market Culture," invited presentation for Saratoga Springs Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, 2012. Saratoga Springs, NY.

"Rich, Free and Miserable," invited presentation for World Presidents Organization, 2012. Denver, CO.

"A Conversation about Faith and Money," invited presentation at the Institute of Clergy Excellence, 2012. Cincinnati, OH.

"The State of Religion as a Countervailing Institution in Market Culture," invited presentation at Concordia College, 2012. Moorhead, MN.

“Market Culture and the Sociology of Morality,” invited presentation at University of Umeå. 2011. Umeå, Sweden.  

"When is Enough Enough? Your Possessions, Your Time, Your Family," invited presentation at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2011. Atlanta, GA.

"Rich, Free and Miserable," invited presentation at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2011. Atlanta, GA.

"Rich, Free and Miserable," invited Presentation at Havurah Vatik, 2011. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Author for “Author Meets Critics” session for John Brueggemann’s Rich, Free and Miserable, at  the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, 2011. Jacksonville, FL.

Critic for “Author Meets Critics” session for Erik Olin Wright’s Envisioning Real Utopias, at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, 2011. Jacksonville, FL.

“Confronting the Excesses of Market Culture: the Case of Food,” invited presentation at Havurah Vatik, 2011. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Author for “Author Meets Critics” session for John Brueggemann’s Rich, Free and Miserable, at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, 2011, Jacksonville, FL.

Critic for “Author Meets Critics” session for Erik Olin Wright’s Envisioning Real Utopias, at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, 2011, Jacksonville, FL.

“Rich, Free and Miserable,” invited presentation at Powerhouse Sundays, Powerhouse Arena, 2011, Brooklyn, NY.

“Rich, Free and Miserable,” invited presentation at College For A Day, Denver Botanic Gardens, 2011, Denver, CO.

"Rich, Free and Miserable,” invited presentation at Academy of Lifelong Learning, Union College, 2010, Schenectady, NY.

“Market Culture and Moral Disorder,” invited lecture to graduate professional seminar at University of New Hampshire, Department of Sociology, 2010, Durham, NH.

“Responding to Market Culture in the Church,” invited presentation at Morningside Presbyterian Church, 2010, Atlanta.

Teaching experience

At Skidmore College, 1994-2012:
"Senior Seminar in Sociology"
"Classical Sociological Theory"
"Rich, Free and Miserable"
"Social Movements and Collective Action"
"Development of Sociological Thought"
"Class, Race and Labor History"
"Sociology of Religion"
"Ethnicity and Inequality"
"Social Inequality"
"Sociological Imaginations"
"Sociology of Labor Conflict"
"Sociological Perspectives"
At Emory University, 1991-1994:
"Class, Race and Ideology"
"Class, Status and Power"
"Introduction to Sociology"

Awards and honors

Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility, 2009 to Present

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Faculty Research, Skidmore College, 2005

Faculty Procession Marshall, 2002

President's Day Award Presented to Committee on Educational Policies and Planning, Skidmore College, 2001.

Faculty Development Grant, Skidmore College, 2001.

Faculty Commencement Speaker, Skidmore College, elected by Class of 2000.

Faculty Development Grant, Skidmore College, 1997.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fellow Award, Emory University, 1992.

Graduate School Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences, Emory University, 1992.

Department of Sociology, Emory University Graduate Student Teaching Award, 1992.

Graduate Student Fellowship, Emory University, 1987-1991.

First Place in Sociology Department Graduate Student Paper Contest, Emory University, 1989.

Scholar-Athlete Award, Earlham College, 1987.

Senior Thesis Honors, Earlham College, 1987.

Other work related activities
College Committee work:  Vice President for Advancement Review Committee, Faculty Executive, Greenberg Childcare Center Advisory Board, Committee on Academic Standing, Athletic Council, Committee on Educational Planning and Policy, Masters of Liberal Studies Committee, Benefits Committee, Athletic Review Committee, Presidential Inauguration Committee, Dean of Special Programs Search Committee, Athletics Director Search Committee, Retention Group, Dean of Studies Study Group, Faculty Development Committee, Student Orientation Committee, All College Council

Reviewer: American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Work and Occupations, Social Forces, Quest, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Mobilization, ASA Teaching Resource Center

 

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