Amy J. Binder
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
University of California, San Diego
Department of Sociology 0533
9500 Gilman Drive
401 Social Science Building
La Jolla, CA 92093-0533

abinder@ucsd.edu
(858)534-0483

Research Interests:
Culture, Social Movements, Education, Organizations

Although seemingly disparate in focus, my work consistently centers on the meaning-making processes enacted in my research settings. Whether it is in studying media practices involved in framing popular culture (American Sociological Review 1993), employers' expectations of their young workers' academic skill levels (Sociology of Education 1997), Afrocentrists' identity construction vis vis multiculturalists (chapter in Russell Sage Foundation/University of Chicago Press edited volume 1999), public schools' responses to Afrocentric and creationist challenges in the 1980s and 1990s (Princeton University Press 2002), or organizations' mediation between the welfare state and individual poor people's lives (current project on transitional housing), my work concentrates on the effects that cultural beliefs have on human action, and how these beliefs contribute to the stratification of society.

Curriculum vitae

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