Sociology Department


Alexandra M. Hrycak (Chair)

Professor of Sociology
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BA 1988 Rutgers University. MA 1991, PhD 1998 University of Chicago. Reed College 1998–.

Research Interests: Social movements, political sociology, sociology of culture, gender and post-socialism. Alexandra Hrycak is interested in the development of collective action capacity in postcommunist settings. Her current research focuses on gender and democratization in Ukraine. Since 2001 she has investigated the formation of women's associations in the cities of Lviv, Kyiv, and Kharkiv. In 2005 she conducted interviews and focus groups in these three cities to examine the role women played at the local level in the 2004 elections and the Orange Revolution. A selection of Hrycak's published work is available here.

Yaejoon Kwon

Assistant Professor of Sociology
BA 2006 Northwestern University.  PhD 2018 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Reed College 2019-.

Research Interests: Race and gender, trans-national/trans-colonial formations, Asian America, US empire, US military, militarism, state formation, historical methods, comparative methods, sociological theory.

Yalçın Özkan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
BSc 2009 Yildiz Technical University, Turkey.  MA 2011 Ataturk Graduate Institute, Boğaziçi University, Turkey.  MA 2018, PhD 2020 University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Reed College 2020-.

Research Interests: Economic sociology, law and society, culture, political sociology, theory, gender, immigration and work, qualitative methods.

Marc Schneiberg

John C. Pock Professor of Sociology
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BA 1980 Haverford College. MS 1985, PhD 1994 University of Wisconsin, Madison. Reed College 2000–.

On sabbatical 2022-23.

Research Interests: Economic sociology, organizations, comparative institutional analysis. Schneiberg continues his work on associations, regulation and alternative organizational forms in the American economy, which appears in Politics and Society, American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Forum, American Sociological Review, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. He is currently completing an NSF funded study of private, public and cooperative enterprise, focusing mainly on mutuals, cooperatives and municipal companies in the insurance, dairy, grain and electrical utility industries. He is collaborating with Matt Kraatz and Adam Goldstein on studies of the conversion of mutual savings and loan associations to for-profit stock corporations from 1970 to 1990, with Tim Bartley on an analysis of financial regulation in the current period, and with Gerald Berk on a 340 industry study of associations, learning, and benchmarking in the US economy from 1900 to 1930. He is also Editor of the Socio-Economic Review. Courses taught include Introduction to Sociology, Economic Sociology, American Capitalism, Race and Ethnicity, Organizations, Race and Stratification, and Research Methods.

Kjersten Bunker Whittington

Associate Professor of Sociology
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BS 1999 North Carolina State University. MA 2001, PhD 2007 Stanford University. Reed College 2007–.

Research Interests: Kjersten Bunker Whittington's research is rooted in the broad areas of gender and work, scientific careers and organizations, and the high-technology knowledge economy. She is particularly interested in how structural and background antecedents of organizations and organizational boundaries influence career trajectories, scientific output, and subsequent innovation and development. Her current research investigates whether and how the durable gender inequality in science careers is affected by the recent changing boundaries between universities and firms, and the increasing trend to commercialize basic research in academia. Whittington also studies formal organizations and the science economy. With collaborators, she is engaged in research that examines the contingent role of inter-organizational network structure and regional clustering in influencing innovative output among science-based firms.

Emeritus Faculty

William Tudor

Emeritus Professor of Sociology
BA 1965 Reed College. PhD 1971 Vanderbilt University. Reed College 1973-.

Research Interests: Social psychology, deviant behavior, research methods. Tudor's research has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, The Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the Sage Annual Reviews of Studies in Deviance. He recently contributed a chapter entitled "The Social Construction of Modern Intelligence: An Exploration of Gender-Differentiated Boundaries," to a festschrift in honor of John C. Pock.

John C. Pock

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Deceased
AB 1947 University of Chicago. MA 1952, PhD 1956 University of Illinois. Reed College 1955-98.

Dr. Pock was a member of the Department of Sociology for 43 years, teaching courses and conducting research in general social science, social demography, stratification & class, organizational analysis, and quantitative methods in history. He also taught or gave lectures at the University of Illinois, the Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Irvine, and the Naval War College. He has held office and was active on committees in several professional organizations, including the American Sociological Association, the PacificSociological Association, the Population Association of America, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and the Society for the History of Technology. He served as editor of Sociological Perspectives, the official journal of the Pacific Sociological Association and was given the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association. His legacy at Reed was recognized by some of his many former students who honored him with a festschrif t consisting of a collection of their research, entitled Social Differentiation and Social Inequality edited by James N. Baron, David B. Grusky, and Donald J. Treiman (Westview Press, 1996).

Professor Pock's non-academic work has largely focused on program evaluation and organizational studies. These included evaluation and training research at the Oregon State Hospital; the pediatric residency training program at Oregon Health Sciences University; program evaluation for the Office of Economic Opportunity's VISTA, Community Action, and Model Cities projects, and for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. In the private sector, he has worked as a consultant in the advertising, polling, and marketing research industry and on work organization and management issues for domestic and international companies engaged in heavy construction and metal fabrication.

Professor Pock was also deeply interested in methodological problems involved in the study of poverty and in measuring the consequences of welfare reform.

Professor John Pock passed away on February 18, 2012. He indicated that he did not want any public announcements, obituaries or memorial services after his passing. It is difficult to honor such wishes to the letter, given how many lives he touched. He will be greatly missed.