Joseph H Gerteis

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1125 Social Science Bldg

267 19th Ave S


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
  • Politics and Social Movements
  • Social Theory
  • Diversity and Solidarity in American Society
Courses Taught
  • Soc 1001 - Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 1011V - Honors: Introduction to Sociology
  • Soc 3090 - Topics: Under the Influence: Drink, Culture & Society
  • Soc 3322W - Social movements, Protests and Change
  • Soc 3701 - Social Theory
  • Soc 3991H - Jr Honors Seminar
  • Soc 4090 - Topics: Multicultural America
  • Soc 4966W: Major-Project Seminar
  • Soc 4977V - Senior Honors Preseminar I
  • Soc 4978V - Senior Honors Preseminar II
  • Soc 8001 - Sociology as a Profession
  • Soc 8090 - Topics: Diversity and Solidarity
  • Soc 8701 - Sociological Theory
  • 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