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
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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 -


  • Diversity and Solidarity in American Society
  • Historical Sociology
  • Politics and Social Movements
  • Social Theory