Joseph H Gerteis

Joseph H Gerteis
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Prof. Gerteis is interested in the dynamics of difference and solidarity and how these play into the formation of group boundaries, interests, and identities. He is currently exploring how Americans think about both the benefits and costs of diversity, as well as how claims about American national identity often involve racial and religious exclusions. His recent work has involved a book on interracial labor movements of the late 19th century and papers from the American Mosaic Project exploring how Americans think about issues of diversity and solidarity in modern America through the lenses of race and religion.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Sociology, University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill, NC, 1999.
  • M.A: Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1995.
  • B.A.: Sociology, Oberlin College, 1992.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Historical Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Politics and Social Movements
  • Diversity and Solidarity in American Society
Courses Taught
  • Soc 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 3090 - Topics in Sociology: Under the Influence: Drink, Culture & Society
  • Soc 3701 - Social Theory
  • Soc 4966W: Major-Project Seminar
  • Soc 8790 - Advanced Topics in Sociological Theory: Action and Structure
  • Soc 8890 - Advanced Topics in Research Methods: Historical Sociology
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: Social Science History Association
  • Member: American Sociological Association


  • American Mosaic Project: Study of solidarity and diversity in American life focusing on race and religion,
  • Calhoun, Craig, Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff, and Indermohan Virk, eds. 2012. Classical Sociological Theory, Third Edition. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Calhoun, Craig, Joseph Gerteis, James Moody, Steven Pfaff, and Indermohan Virk, eds. 2012. Contemporary Sociological Theory, Third Edition. Blackwell Publishing.
  • Smajda, Jon and Joseph Gerteis. 2012. “Ethnic Community and Ethnic Boundaries in a ‘Sauce-Scented Neighborhood.”’ Sociological Forum 27 (3): 617-640.
  • Gerteis, Joseph. 2012. “The Social Functions of Religion in American Political Culture.” The Society Pages, March 14. (Reprinted in The Social Side of Politics, Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen, eds. New York, W.W. Norton, 2013.)
  • Gerteis, Joseph. 2011. “Civil Religion and the Politics of Belonging” Political Power and Social Theory, 22: 215-223.
  • Hartmann, Douglas, Daniel Winchester, Penny Edgell and Joseph Gerteis. 2011. “How Americans Understand Racial and Religious Differences: A Test of Parallel Items from a National Survey.” The Sociological Quarterly 52 (3): 323-345.
  • Hartmann, Douglas, Joseph Gerteis and Paul Croll. 2009. “An Empirical Assessment of Whiteness Theory: Hidden From How Many?” Douglas Hartmann, Joseph Gerteis and Paul R. Croll. Social Problems 56, 3: 403-424.
  • Gerteis, Joseph. 2007. Class and The Color Line: Interracial Class Coalition in the Knights of Labor and the Populist Movement. Duke University Press.
  • Edgell, Penny, Joseph Gerteis and Douglas Hartmann. 2006. “Atheists as ‘Other’: Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society.” American Sociological Review 71, 2: 211-234. (Reprinted in Secularization, Bryan S. Turner, ed. London: SAGE Publications, 2010.)
  • Gerteis, Joseph and Alyssa Goolsby. 2005. “Nationalism in America: The Case of the Populist Movement.” Theory and Society 34, 2: 197-225.
  • Hartmann, Douglas and Joseph Gerteis. 2005. “Dealing with Diversity: Mapping Multiculturalism in Sociological Terms.” Sociological Theory 23, 2: 218-240.
  • Gerteis, Joseph. 2003. “Populism, Race, and Political Interest in Virginia.” Social Science History 27, 2: 197-227.
  • Gerteis, Joseph. 2002. “The Possession of Civic Virtue: Movement Narratives of Race and Class in the Knights of Labor.” American Journal of Sociology, 108, 3: 580-615.
  • Gerteis, Joseph. 1998. “Political Alignment and the American Middle Class, 1974- 1994.” Sociological Forum 13, 4: 639-666.
  • Gerteis, Joseph and Mike Savage. 1998. “The Salience of Class in Britain and America: A Comparative Analysis.” Joseph Gerteis and Mike Savage. British Journal of Sociology 49, 2: 252-274.