Theory, Knowledge, & Culture

Faculty members associated with this specialty study the symbolic dimensions of societies and social life. Particular foci are "collective memory," that is, how states and interest groups shape societal memories of past events in ways that serve their contemporary interests, and religion in contemporary society. Associated faculty members focus on a range of contexts; much of the work is comparative while some addresses the United States setting in depth.

Faculty’s research interests include:

  • Memory activism after genocide and mass violence.
  • How memories of atrocities shape current U.S. law. 
  • Religion as a prism for understanding inequality
  • Antisemitism in a global context
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Understandings the implications of multiculturalism in the United States
  • Cultural politics of love and marriage
  • Sport, mass media, and popular culture
  • Nationalism and citizenship 
  • International organizations, conflict, and consensus-building
  • Political networks
  • Visual sociology
  • Classical and contemporary theory
  • Social movements and social change 

Faculty members work closely with:

Associated faculty: Ron AminzadeAlejandro BaerElizabeth BoyleJeffrey BroadbentPenny EdgellJoseph GerteisMichael GoldmanDouglas HartmannKathleen HullDavid KnokeEnid Logan, Joachim SavelsbergRachel SchurmanChristopher UggenRob Warren

Our faculty share a commitment with the University to value a diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and to strive to provide a productive work environment for all University of Minnesota scholars from varying racial, ethnic, religious, social class, sexual identity, and national backgrounds.